Ten Questions for “The Next Big Thing”

I guess I’m it, as I’ve been ‘tagged’ by the ever-talented Julie Rainey in a blog chain called “Ten Questions for the Next Big Thing”.

I guess that means I’m now required to become the absolute next big thing. . . I wonder how clearly defined that role is.

Anyways, I don’t generally participate in, well, anything.  But, I’m feeling moderately social today as well as somewhat appreciative for being considered.  So, with that in mind.  I’m in.

Since I’m on the verge of releasing THE LEGEND OF BUDDY HERO, that seems as great of a choice for these questions as any.  Stayed tuned at the bottom for five other authors whom I’m supposed to plague with this task.  I don’t even know who they’ll be yet.

1. What is the working title of your book?
The Legend of Buddy Hero.  This question seems easy enough. . .

2. Where did the idea for the book come from?
Not so exciting of a tale, unfortunately.  I’ve been a fan of the comic book medium for as long as I can remember.  Superheroes and their ilk have been a part of my reading material since I learned to read.  A number of years ago (10+), I ended up on a forum for an upcoming video game about those with superpowers and found myself contributing to a group story-telling where each person would inhabit the role of one character and tell their part of the story.

It was here that I remembered the love of writing I held as a kid and began creating stories of all sorts.  I really enjoyed the character I had created on this site and continued toying with a story involving him, but could never quite grasp how to tell it.  I was also somewhat afraid of attempting a long-form story, such as a novel, which I believed would be necessary to tell his tale.

Long story short, although that character doesn’t actually appear in THE LEGEND OF BUDDY HERO, pieces of him are exhibited through about four different characters in the books, parts of his story (including one of the earliest bits I wrote about him) are almost verbatim included in the script (well, you know, a lot of cleanup was performed, but close to verbatim), and I’ve got tons of plans for other parts of his story to crop up in the continuing adventures of Buddy Hero.

3. What genre does it fall under?

Since it’s got superheroes and monsters, I’m told it gets placed in the Science Fiction genre.  Probably fair.  I like to consider it more of an adventure novel.

4. What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I’ve honestly never really thought about this.

Buddy would be the most difficult to place, as he’s a rather complex guy.  All the names I can think of that look the role are comedic actors, but I’d hate to see him become too cartoon-y.  Maybe Chris Pine.  He’d have to put on some pounds, but if he can play Kirk, he can handle Buddy.  edit: due to popular demand in the comments (two people) I’m stating this should be a role owned by Mr. Mark Wahlberg.  Funky Bunch optional.

Kid Zero would have to be played by Patrick Warburton.  I use his The Tick voice whenever I’m reading through his dialogue.

So, although I’ve always pictured Buddy as a white dude, his sister Maggie has always kinda looked like Rosario Dawson to me.  Rosario could totally pull off the role acting-wise.  Perhaps they have different mothers or something. . .

The only person I can think of who could pull off the role of Alexa would have to be Chloe Grace Moretz.  Between her characters in 30 Rock and Kick-Ass lies the role of Alexa. . . and she definitely looks the part.
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Buddy Jackson is the world’s greatest superhero, he just doesn’t know it.

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

Found myself too impatient to find an agent. . . so, looks like self-pubbing is the place to go.  Buddy’s already taken too long to get into the public’s hands.  In the midst of planning a release date as we speak.

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

If you don’t count the ten or so years I thought about it. . . it took about 4 months from the moment I actually sat down and started typing.  It wouldn’t have even taken that long, but I had a sudden inspiration as I neared the end and had to re-write the whole thing just to make it work.

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

It’s been compared to many graphic novels, especially Kingdom Come.  I don’t think that’s entirely fair.  The basic concept can resemble many stories that have been told, but this story is really all about the personal journey of Buddy.  Most comic books have the habit of looking at things from a distance, this tries to get more to the heart of the character.  As such, it probably has much more in common that Harry Potter than Kingdom Come.  I, however, always like to think of it as a much less-funny version of Robert Asprin’s Myth books.

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

Inspiration for this one just came from thinking about it for way too long.  Getting down and writing it came from a need to actually take charge of my career.  That part is still a work in progress.

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

I guess my favorite bit about this book is just that it’s an attempt to look at the craziness of the comic book world from the eyes of a real person.  This isn’t Superman fighting Lex Luthor, this is just some drunk who happens to fall into the midst of monsters and supervillains.  Even while he’s in the midst of it, he doesn’t believe it’s real.  But in the midst of all this fun, there’s some real emotion that comes to surface. . . and that stuff hasn’t even come close to being shown as much as it will begin in the second book in the series.

So, that’s it. . . I know I should go back and put some links in, especially seeing as I picked some actors that even I didn’t know the name of.  But, I’ve already spent too much time on this today and have a giant pile of real-world stuff to get to.

Of course, I still have to pick some peeps to take on the ten question challenge. So, here they are (I cheated a bit):

Wyatt McIntyre
Ken Mooney
Chris Bostic
Ryanne Gumfory
K A Perkins


7 Replies to “Ten Questions for “The Next Big Thing””

    1. Mark Wahlberg does have the requisite confused look down pretty strongly. . . The whole angry New Yorker thing might play well for Buddy too. Perhaps I shall have to hire you for casting when the time comes.

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