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The Next Big Thing... Again

Posted by S.M. Carrière on December 6, 2012 at 9:30 AM

So... I've been tagged for The Next Big Thing blog hop.  Again.  This time it was by the wonderful Rita Webb.  You can read her blog HERE.

For those of you who can remember, I did one for Ethan Cadfael: The Battle Prince back in October.  Since I've decided to publish another book October, 2013, I figured I'd do it again.  For reasons.

This time, however, I'll leave it up to any writers who happen to be following this blog the chance to tag themselves and do it without any pressure whatsoever.

So.  Here we go again!


What is the working title of your book?

The Summer Bird.

I changed it recently from The Osprey and the Crow.  An improvement, I think.


Where did the idea come from for the book?

Not a bloody clue.  Knowing where they came from would make my life a lot easier, I'm certain, but I just don't know.  They arrive in my twisted little mind, and that's really all I can say about it.

What genre does your book fall under?

It's fantasy.  Surprise!  Though not classical fantasy, so no elves and orcs.


Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Oh!  Um... Um...

Ooh!  Moon Bloodgood could play the lead role of Seraphimé.  Not only does she have the single coolest name ever in the history of names, but she's absolutely gorgeous and has proven that she can play a kick-arse woman (Terminator).

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

'A princess from the tundra, aided by an ancient and shadowy god, must travel south in order to secure an alliance to save her people from the marauding slavers of the East.'

What do you think?  Would you read it?


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

I kind of promised to have this one out by Hallowe'en of next year.  There's no way I can do that if I go the traditional route, so, it'll have to be self-published.


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

About three months.  That's the average for me, I guess.


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

Um... Um... Um... Oh dear!  I'm coming up blank.  Perhaps Clan of the Cave Bear?  Though... not really.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

There's this thing that happens to me... I get an idea, and then that idea is so persistent that I actually contract physical symptoms if I ignore it.  Seriously.  I get ill, tired, grumpy, tense... all the warm fuzzies that keep one up all. night. long.

So then I start writing the story and everything gets better again.  The characters and the story inspired me to write.

...And my love of (relative) sanity.

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

It's phantasmagorical?  That joke will make sense if you ever read the book...  What can I say?  I amuse myself.

Let's see... It's a clash of cultures story with a heavy Celtic influence?  Would that pique your interest, Reader?

There you have it.  That's what my next big thing will be.  What about you?  Feel free to copy these questions.  Just link back to this post, and if you like, leave your Next Big Thing post link in the comments below!

Have a great day!

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