Ian Tregillis, author of Bitter Seeds, The Coldest War, and the forthcoming Necessary Evil, (books you should all read) asked me if I wanted to be a part of The Next Big Thing, a round robin questionnaire traveling from writer’s blog to writer’s blog. It looked like fun, so I said yes.
As others have done, I’ve given my own slant to the questions and answers. After all, the release of my first book is the biggest next thing in my professional life. I might be excited. Just a little.
But I digress. On to the questions.
1) What is the working title of your next book?
My book is titled Delia’s Shadow. That is the actual title, not a working title. It’s actually my first published novel and book one of a three book series. Delia’s Shadow will be released on September 17, 2013. The second book, A Barricade In Hell, is scheduled to come out in June 2014. Book three, Against A Brightening Sky, comes out sometime in 2015.
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
Odd as it sounds, this novel grew from a dream. I dreamed about a woman standing next to an old-fashioned locomotive, steam billowing in big thick clouds around her. She was looking back over her shoulder, watching for the person she knew was following her.
I couldn’t shake this dream or stop thinking about it. The entire book grew from there.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
The book is being published as a (dark)fantasy novel, but it’s also a ghost story/ murder mystery set in 1915 that just happens to include a love story, and a closet witch or two. I’m not sure you can pin this novel to any one genre.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I don’t spend a lot of—or really any–time picturing actors playing my characters. Ask me which Hollywood star should play Delia, Jack, Sadie or Dora, and I draw a complete blank.
Gabe on the other hand…I’ve known who reminds me strongly of Gabe since I first started writing the book. Trevor St. John is Gabe right down to his crooked grin.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
I utterly suck at summarizing novels in one sentence. It comes from an inability to distill complex concepts and ideas into something that can be summarized in that small a space.
How about “Delia Martin is haunted by a ghost who leads her home to San Francisco in search of secrets, while Lieutenant Gabe Ryan is haunted by a serial killer he can’t catch. They fight crime.”
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I do have an agent, Tamar Rydzinski with the Laura Dail Literary Agency, and the book will be published by TOR Books.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
The finished first draft took about nine months and enormous amounts of research.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Honestly, I don’t know. But then again, comparing one book to another is something else I don’t do a lot of. Each book written has something unique that is wholly theirs and sets them apart from all other books. I hope that readers who like historical fantasy, ghost stories, and mysteries will all like Delia’s Shadow.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My nagging writer brain that would not let me be until I wrote this novel. I wrote Delia’s Shadow for me—and maybe Jodi and PJ.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
That the main characters, both male and female, genuinely like each other and are real true friends. Friends who poke fun at each other, hold each other up in the bad times and celebrate the good. They’ve got each others back.
That’s My Next Big Thing. I’m not going to post any names for the next round of this, but if you haven’t answered these questions yet and want to play?
Consider yourself tagged.