The Next Big Thing.
I received an invite to this Blog-Tag from the incomparable Stacey Graham, and you can find her blog post here.
What is the working title of your book? --Tempest
Where did the idea come from for the book? --Tempest is the third book in my MetaWars series, which follows a group of adult superheroes who are dealing with malfunctioning powers, a world that hates them, and a lot of romantic complications. The idea for Tempest came out of the titular character, Ethan "Tempest" Swift. He has the ability to control the wind, which is one of the few things about himself that Ethan actually likes. His story sprung from several wells, including the secret of the identity of his father (which Ethan's mother told him on her deathbed) and the fact that he's gay--something Ethan has kept from pretty much everyone. He has to come to terms with a lot of aspects of his life, and it's quite a journey.
What genre does your book fall under? --Urban fantasy
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? --This is always such a difficult question to answer. Sometimes I imagine well-known actors, and sometimes I'd rather image that Hollywood would find a brilliant new face to play my characters. But I will admit that I've always been rather fond of Scott Speedman as Gage.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? --In private it's "A lot of shit's about to hit the Meta fan." But that's probably not a great pitch for mixed company. I'll have to come up with something better....
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? --Tempest is releasing digitally from Pocket Star on April 23, 2013.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? --About three or four months.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? --I don't think there are many comparables. Superhero books are still rare, and to have an ongoing superhero series that mixes up the POV's is also kind of rare. But the books do have the trademarks of urban fantasy: unusual worlds, first-person POV, supernatural/paranormal abilities, and humor/snark.
Who or What inspired you to write this book? --Is is silly to say the characters? I always wanted to rotate POV's for the MetaWars books, and when it was time I just knew that this would be Ethan's book. He's had something to say for a while now, and it was fun to give his personality a platform and a chance to shine. Plus, after everything he's been through, he deserves to find a little love....
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? --Fans of the series will get to see Manhattan Island prison from the inside, as well as hear from some of the Bane prisoners. I also delve a bit more into the politics of this war-torn world and the mindset of the general public when it comes to Metas. It's also a guy's POV, which is much less prolific in urban fantasy than female.
So those are my answers!
I was excited when Stacey asked me to participate and post my own answers
to these questions. And then, like the loser I am sometimes, I forgot
about it until today. So instead of having other writers tagged at the
end of this post, I am opening this up to any followers who wish to do
their own The Next Big Thing post. Just link back in the Comments of