The Next Big Thing

I have avoided getting involved but finally allowed Ross C Hamilton to get me involved in this little game of e-tag.  I’m not entirely sure that there is anybody in my acquaintance who hasn’t already been tagged so I might be a dead end – hmmmm, sounds ominous.  Anyone interested let me know in the comments and I will be happy to tag you.

So, now to start….

1.  What is the working title of your next book?

Oh I wish it were my ‘next’ book but this is my first and it’s working title is ‘Cynan’ – the name of the central character.  It is a working title but it will be hard for me to think of any other title when push comes to shove as it is etched into my brain.  I think I may need prodding, pushing and poking and a lot of help to find a final title.

2.  Where did the idea come from for the book?

At the outset I wanted to explore a matriarchy and how such a system might work and remain stable – what would keep the males from reaching for power.  As the characters took over the story morphed into something altogether more interesting and fun.

3.  What genre does the book fall under?

It falls squarely into the fantasy/adventure genre.

4.  What actors would you choose to play the parts of your characters in a movie rendition?

As by the time this thing is finished and published (optimism runs in my family!), there might be many young female actors in their late teens/early twenties for the part so…. haven’t got a clue.  I can’t even find a role for my favourite actor so what hope have I got.

5.  What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A thousand-year old prophecy predicts the fall of the Tertian Matriarchy.  There is a small hope – the Matriarch-designate must remain a secret and go into hiding.  Torn from her her childhood home in the caverns of Jacobsby, Cynan must depend on her own common sense while she travels to her distant aunt.  Her journey leads her into the midst of a revolution where she finds herself torn between her duties and her inherent need for fairness; a driving desire to travel to the depths of the coldest continent on Tertian on a hunch or to remain with her new companions to forge a new life for all Tertians.

6.  Will your books be self-published or represented by an agency?

There is no intention to self-publish.  Publishing house or death!

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

The first draft took 4 years as I was still working full-time.  The re-write, now that I’ve had time to learn my craft better, has taken 12 months so far.  After all, the first draft was 220,000 words and I’m having trouble deciding on one book or two and where to finish the first book to ensure it can stand-alone.

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

Beside the fact that, like all good fantasy, there is a journey to find the ‘grail’, I can’t think of any similar books.

9.  Who or what inspired you to write this book?

An in-depth discussion with a close friend about women and culture and the following Saturday morning when boredom claimed me and I wanted something interesting to do.  It started life as a short story but I couldn’t contain it.

10.  What else about the book might pique the readers interest?

A strong female heroine who doesn’t use a sword.

Well, that’s it.  Anyone want to be tagged?  Please let me know.

YaY! Late entry to the tags… Robert Easterbrook – over to you – and thanks for not leaving me hanging.