The Next Big Thing

Philippa Jane Keyworth tagged me in ‘The Next Big Thing’ so I guess I’m ‘it’. LOL. So here goes, my answers for ‘The Next Big Thing.’

What is the working title of your book?
Oh goodness, it is harder to answer this than you would think. I have four completed manuscripts in the drawer, plus the one I”m editing right now. Then there’s the 3 truly WIP’s that I’m slogging away at right now as well.  But the one I’ll spill the beans on right now is called ‘Storm Watch’, book 1 of the Storm Series.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I started the series in 2007. The inspiration is rather a hoot, really. I was at the gym, weight lifting with my teenage sons. They were encouraging me to bench press more than I had ever done before, nearly my own body weight.  Naturally, my non-stop mind turned that into a scene which eventually became this story. Ironically it is a scene that didn’t survive even the first editing round.

What genre does your book fall under?
This one is definitely Science Fiction.  Rather a far cry from Historical Fiction, huh?
But…one of the questions that sparked it was what might the culture of Regency England look like if it survived into a space faring era.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I must confess, I am terrible with actors/actresses. I have to pass on this question.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The League is about to fall to the Raiders and misfits of Fleet’s Alpha Squad may be the only ones who stand a chance of changing it.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Currently my plans are to publish through a small press, Good Principles Publishing.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The first draft took a couple of years because I was just working in first and starts. The two sequels took much less time.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Early readers have compared my work to Orson Scott Card and Isaac  Asimov.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
My sons.  I wanted to create a story that we all would like to read.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It is the first of an action/adventure trilogy with a strong love story underneath.  The ties of family and culture are a huge thematic element. I love to see what happens when totally different cultures come together and try to understand each other. Regular SF readers enjoy it and non-SF readers get so wrapped up in the characters that they forget it is SF.

Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged.

I’ve linked to Philipa above and below.  I’m tagging Wendi, who wrote a guest post for me this week, my friend Barbra Tiller Cole who writes the genre I can’t, comedy, and Jack Caldwell whose Jane Austen adaptations around her military men I think are brilliant.
Tag you’re IT now!


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  1. I love how the idea for this book came to you! I wish you success in your writing, rewriting and publishing endeavors!
    I was on this blog hop earlier in the week:
    Heidi M. Thomas

    1. Thanks. My boys often inspire me. Thanks for coming by Heidi!

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