What an hopeful, positive title 🙂
Anyway, The Next Big Thing is a meme, a series of questions about your work in progress. Once you’ve answered them, you can tag other writers to do the same (if they so will!)
I was tagged by the lovely Jane Riddell – you can find her blog and her Next Big Thing here.
Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing
I chose to go with my second project, instead of the Victorian novel (in the rewriting stages). As an aid to develop it further.
What is the working title of your book/ work in progress?
Another World. Very much a working type of title, but you never know, it may stick.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Fooling around with the world’s time-line and lots of ‘what if’.
What genre does your book fall under?
Speculative fiction (specifically, alternative history).
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Oh gosh. I’m afraid, as a writer, I won’t have any input whatsoever. And because this is a work in progress, my characters may still change (you never know what can happen in those wild editing phases!)
However, I know my main character has ginger hair, and yes, yes, you can dye it, of course, but I’d like it to be natural. Also, it has to be someone with a Scottish accent, or capable of faking a decent one. I can’t see either David Tennant or John Barrowman with ginger hair, so it’ll have to be either Damian Lewis or Paul Bettany. On the other hand, why not someone new?
What is your project one line tag?
Don’t have one yet.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’d like to go the traditional way and have an agent. Nothing against being self published, I simply don’t think that at this point in time I’ve got the necessary organization and skills to make self publishing successful. I’ve looked into it, and in order to do it right, you do need to work full time on it for a long period of time. Right now, I prefer to keep writing.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I’ve been working on it on and off for a couple of years, but doing all sorts of things in the meantime. But usually, once I’ve done all the preparatory work, it takes me three months to write a first draft.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I need to research this. Haven’t read much in this genre yet.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Reading 1421 by Gavin Menzies.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
As it stands now, being taken into a flight of the imagination, and have a taste of how things might have been different in world’s history, and for us.
This exercise was fun, and made me think about my work in progress in different ways. Always a good thing! Never underestimate the power of positive reinforcement, especially when you deal with yourself: put something down in writing, make a commitment (that’s feasible, accountable, realistic) and the chances of it happening will multiply. We do believe in what we imagine, and by imagining it we make it more real, and by making it more real, we believe it can happen, and we make it happen.
Not as simple, of course, but that’s the principle 😉
I now tag…well, any willing volunteers, just leave a comment and I’ll add you to this post 🙂
Thanks for reading 😀