Welcome to The Next Big Thing
Yeah, so, that title definitely sounds a tad pretentious, doesn’t it. . . it’s how I’m supposed to start this thing out though, so I guess I’ll stick with it. Whether or not I’m the next big thing is irrelevant. What is relevant is that this post is part of a chain of posts across hundreds of blogs linking tons of independent authors together in a chorus of “Read my book!”. It’s a pretty cool thing.
Anyways, I got invited to this party by good friend/author Claire C. Riley. She’s got one of these same posts sitting on her blog at this very moment as well. . . and if you go there, you can back track to the person who invited her, the lovely Karen Perkins. . . and so on. I get to invite a couple of folks to the fun as well. You’ll see their names at the end of the post. So, without further blathering. . .
*What is the working title of your next book?*
The Agora Files. Unfortunately that is seeming more and more like a “working title” as I get through the revision process, I’m realizing the title has much more in common with the series than the book itself.
*Where did the idea come from for the book?*
To be completely honest. . . a dream. A series of dreams, actually. The book really has very little in common with the dreams themselves, outside of one basic theme. Running. The concept really just comes down to having the protagonist running from some faceless evil. It quickly became much more defined than that, but it was based on a very simple premise.
*What genre does your book fall under?*
Young Adult Adventure. There’s some sci-fi aspects to it, some dystopian themes, but it’s really just an adventure piece at its heart. That, and there’s quite possibly the most awkward love story ever written.
*What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?*
I hate this question. I really don’t think of actors at all when I develop these stories. I usually have a pretty strong image of the character in my mind as I write them, which makes determining actors pretty darn difficult.
However, for the sake of playing along. . . there’s really only 3 main characters in this book. Cyrus, the protagonist, after looking through current young male actors, I’ve come to the conclusion that I think I’d like to see Tom Felton play the role (Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter movies). First, I’d like to see him step out of the Draco persona (which really wasn’t much of a persona at all) and second, I think he’s got the right attitude for the character of Cyrus, who really isn’t entirely a good guy, but has something good in his heart.
Next, the Geek. . . I felt a little uncomfortable searching Google for young chubby male actors. . . however, I came up with the pudgy kid in Super 8, Riley Griffiths. I think he looks the role, and he amused me in that flick.
Finally. . . Eve. She may be too old to fit the role now, but I’m thinking someone like Tania Raymonde (she was Alex in Lost and a nerdy kid in Malcolm in the Middle). She’s got that spunky look to her that Eve needs, while also being hot enough to easily give reason for Cyrus to dig her. Yup. . . that’s it.
*What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?*
Cyrus runs. (simple enough?)
*Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?*
Self-pubbed. I think now that I’ve established myself as an independent author, I’m probably stuck there for some time.
* How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
30 days. I was seriously rocking through this manuscript when I finally got to writing. It was pretty darn awesome.
*What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?*
I’m horrible at this, but others have compared it to The Hunger Games (due mainly to the dystopian background). I’ll just stick with that one.
*Who or what inspired you to write this book?*
I think I answered this one already. I suppose outside of the dream, I was inspired by my own experiences traveling the country. There’s a lot of my own memories placed within the experiences there, and also a great deal of fun conspiracy theory-type stuff.
* What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?*
Since I just mentioned it. . . conspiracy theories come alive. I spent a lot of time researching lesser known things in the areas I was writing about to bring some interesting concepts to the table. Almost everything in the book has something similar correlating to it in the real world. . . and in the locations given. Throw in a little bit of the conspiracy theories surrounding those areas (or ones I just made up) and it makes the journey that much more fun.
In fact, I’ve been thinking about more ideas like these since I finished writing the first book, and have come up with some even more awesome locations to feature in the next book. . . which probably means I should get to writing, huh?
The authors I’ve invited to join in the fun are:
Okay. . . so, yeah, none of my author friends would sign on to doing this, claiming that it’s too much work to find people. I decided that I would rather be the end of the chain that just decide to not do it at all. . . But still, I failed on this aspect
Once again, here’s Claire’s blog; www.clairecriley.com
And karen’s: http://www.lionheartgalleries.co.uk/blog.html