The Next Big Thing Q&A

It’s that time you’ve been waiting for…

More exciting than Santa on his sleigh, than Rudolph’s shiny nose…

Yes! It’s The Next Big Thing! I have been tagged by the fabulous author, E.J.Swift 🙂

“How it works: an author answers the below ten questions on their blog and then tags five authors to do so the week after. Which presumes said author has been sociable enough in her life to know another five people. And they’re all authors. Naturally I’ll be tagging my cats, expect shouting about fish and duvets in a week’s time.” (Taken from Guy Adams’ Brilliant Blog)

1) What is the working title of your next book?

Arcane Rising, The Sacerdos Mysteries #2

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

The idea came to me in through a vivid daydream in Latin class. I saw myself fighting a battle on alien terrain with my classmates. I wanted to know why we were fighting and the story I wrote became Sacerdos.

3) What genre does your book fall under?

Epic fantasy and science fiction. It is categorised as a Young Adult novel, however, the term New Adult fits because it appeals to people in their twenties too.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

·         Caelara Teneo, our strong, smart fifteen year-old protagonist would be played by Adedayo Adelayo, a British actress from the television show, ‘Some Girls’.

·         Celassis Teneo, Caelara’s alcoholic father would be Chiwetel Ejiofor because although Celassis starts out weak and vulnerable, he becomes really powerful and strong when faced with hard decisions.

·         Dominic Reficio, the cruel and sadistic killer who hunts Caelara throughout the novel would be Gary Oldman because he can totally own the part of a righteous villain.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Girl discovers hidden water powers, joins an army and fights a war.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I am self-published and pretty proud to be so. To reach a wider audience with future books, I am also seeking an agent.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Seven years. I started writing when I was fifteen, the same age as my protagonist. Strangely enough I wrote my second novel in just four weeks. And it was 30,000 words longer.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

‘Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins; ‘Harry Potter’ by J.K.Rowling; ‘Perdido Street Station’ by China Mieville; ‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief’ by Rick Riordan

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

 My love of epic fantasy stories like ‘The Lord of the Rings’, and ‘Harry Potter’; other worlds like Narnia in ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’; watching science-fiction, especially ‘The Matrix’; and studying Latin at school. I was also really inspired by my two little sisters and their friends who loved to listen to me go on about my stories on Terra.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

‘Sacerdos’ is one of a few science-fiction fantasy novels with a black female protagonist. I think the main message of this is that it doesn’t matter what colour your skin is, you can be a superhero!

And the authors I tag are:

ERICA O’ROURKE: Erica is the much-acclaimed author of the Torn Trilogy in which Mo Fitzgerald witnesses her best friend’s murder, and discovers her friend was hiding things she never could have guessed. Erica hails from just outside Chicago and according to her site, prefers cookies to cake (even cupcakes), television to movies, and autumn to all the other seasons.

ALLEN STROUD: A lecturer for Film and TV Production at Buckinghamshire New University in High Wycombe, England, Allen has been teaching writing for nine years, specialising in script and fantasy fiction. His collection, ‘A Bag of Bedtime Tales is available from Amazon.

KATHERYN LANE: The ultimate multi-tasker, Katheryn loves to write contemporary romances set in exotic locations. Her acclaimed first romance, The Royal Sheikh, was inspired by her experience of living in the Middle East and her second novel, Her Latin Lover, takes readers to the treacherous towns and countryside of South America.

CLR DOUGHERTY: C.L.R. Dougherty, author of Bluewater Voodoo and Bluewater Vengeance loves sailing, and, fortunately, so does his wife. In 2000, they decided to go sailing until they got tired of it, and twelve years later, they’re haven’t stopped. Dougherty’s work is great because his maritime tales hail from a seafaring pen.