This comes to me courtesy of the delightful Ren Warom, you should check her out. She’s in the middle of editing her first novel in a trilogy, Coil, and her industry has infected me (and rightly so) or rather, she has nominated me in this blog hop doodah thingy. Normally this stuff make me cringe but it was good fun reading her post as it gets straight to all the juicy questions about a book.
What is the working title of your book?
Where Dead Gods Lie Buried – this is either the first book and/or the series title
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I was grasped by one of those ludicrous ideas to write a short story a week for a year and just keep working the hamster wheel, churning out a stock of stories. What actually happened was I began free-writing the first one, showed it to my friend David and we started chucking ideas back and forth. It grew.
The original opening scene was just about a dark, grim city, not the kind of place you’d want to visit on your holidays, that twists and bends under its own corruption. The protagonist walks into this place she calls home and soon finds everything she knows is turning against her.
What genre does your book fall under?
Definitely secondary world fantasy, possibly epic, most likely of the noir variety.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Gary Oldman, James Earl Jones, Naomie Harris, Miriam Margolyes
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Amid a religious war, a thief on the run joins forces with a monk and an assassin to stop the end of the civilised world.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Hopefully the latter.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
One year. We chucked away more than 100k, but it was fun.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie, The Steel Remains by Richard Morgan, The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. And without the genre I would say books by mystery writers like Dashiell Hammett have similar tones, such as The Dain Curse. There’s a problem to solve, and the person solving it is just as problematic.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
If I’m honest it was just that feeling you get when you are in the middle of reading a really great story. Yes I am probably pumping my ego by even mentioning those names above, but that sensation made me want to put pen to paper and generate something from within me that would give people a story they can get their teeth into.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
We’re two people writing one novel so that’s an interesting dynamic to work with as a writer and possibly to observe as a reader as well. Our characters are not straight-cut good and bad people; the protagonist is female, non-white and gay; we chose to set it in a world where there are no horses . . . so that’s been a lot of fun and fascinating too. If you like violence, grim humour and moral ambiguity this might be what you are looking for.
(this question invented by me in case anyone is wondering) What stage is your book at now?
We are currently reaching the end of the rewrite and then the final edits will begin. The aim is to have the polished manuscript fresh and ready to submit in early spring.
And now I have to nominate five people to pass this on to. Thus I present my fab five (who wear me out just observing their productivity):
The fearless Jen Williams – awesome writer of the Copper Promise fantasy novella series, check it.
The tireless Joanne Hall – author of The Feline Queen and other short stories, The Hierath trilogy of fantasy novels, as well as bustling organiser of cool things such as the amazing Bristolcon coming this weekend. Get a ticket, go!
The irrepressible Anne-Mhairi Simpson – serial YA fantasy author, and now an editor of anthologies too.
The tenacious Nicole L Bates – from across the pond, author of the Empyrean SF trilogy.
The industrious Colin F Barnes – overlord at Anachron Press, crafter of many a fine horror and SF tale, including the latest shiny addition to his arsenal, a cyberpunk novellette series called The Techxorcist. See his post here.