Jamal W. Hankins of Scribereglyph has tagged me in The Next Big Thing, which is a Blog Hop where you talk about your work in progress as though it is “the next big thing.” A form of promotion, I suppose. Thanks, Jamal! On with the blog!
What is the working title of your book?
XIII, and to be honest, I can’t remember whether it was me or my ex who came up with the title. I know that I thought Roman numerals were cool.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
You’d have to ask my ex. He came up with most of the ideas; I just write it, so I’m more or less a ghostwriter. (Although that would require me to actually keep quiet about the fact that I’m writing it, right?)
What genre does your book fall under?
I would say YA, but it’s got a bit too much blood, sex, and alcohol for that. So urban fantasy would be my next guess. But I don’t consider it to be in a specific genre.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Tsunami, my main character, would be played by Jason Momoa. Naomi, my other main character, would be played by either Dita Von Teese or this Greek chick called Gogo Melone, who is in the band Luna Obscura.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A young man discovers he is a demigod, and he spends most of his life trying to make sense of this change, while dragging as many people as possible into his adolescent confusion.
If you plan to publish, will you self-publish traditionally?
That question sounds weird. It’ll probably end up being self-published. I don’t think any big, important NYC publisher would want to take a chance on it.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
That’s a hard question because the “first draft” was a bunch of random stupidity that barely resembled a story at all. If you saw it, you’d think a bunch of kindergarten kids wrote it. But the real first draft took probably about a year. I don’t remember.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
As awful as it sounds, I don’t think I’ve ever read an urban fantasy novel, so I have no clue. I don’t think it easily compares to anything that I’ve read in the YA genre, so I don’t usually compare it to anything.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My ex badgering me to keep writing. But in all seriousness, I write it because I love it and because I love the characters, so after I got to know them, they began to inspire me.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It has a lot of subplots; it’s got your typical love triangles, evil villain battle scenes, emo contemplative scenes in which I try to imitate Faulkner and fail miserably, drama-filled high school/college scenes, Mount Olympus and underworld scenes, etc.
Too scattershot to be the next New York Times bestseller, I know, but it was nice to write about my writing. 🙂
And so the Blog Hop continues, I tag these awesome folks: