More Next Big Thing posts

Just a quick update to let you know of a few more Next Big Thing Posts from various writers.

Jessica Wynne Reisman:

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

My love of a certain three-character relationship dynamic that appears in many pirate and swashbuckling movies (and others) but is never played out in a way that pleases me. Also my love of adventure/swashbuckling tales in general.

Rebecca Schwarz:

1. What is the title of your work in progress?
The Iron Tongue of Midnight (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream) is a potential title. For now Inside Out is the working title.
5. What is a one-sentence synopsis of the book?
That’s a tough one. I hate writing the synopsis of any book I’m writing. It’s a pain. But…
What if you lived in a society where your worthiness as a person was determined by your magical power, and what if you didn’t have any magic and were expected to lead?


The Next Big Thing

Nicky Drayden tagged me in her Next Big Thing entry. So here I am to talk about my WIP.

1. What is the title of your Work in Progress?

Bandit Girls. I fully expect that to change at some point.

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

The germ of the book came from a short story I wrote nearly 15 years ago. It was the first short story that ever “worked:” I learned more from writing it than any story I had written before. It’s existed in many forms; various drafts of short story as well as a screenplay. The idea has never left me, and I decided to expand it into a novel.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

YA Fantasy.

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

Saorse Ronan for Tesara. Emma Watson for Jalana.

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

The black sheep of a merchant family, Tesara Mederos must come to terms with her talent for magic in hopes of restoring her family’s wealth.

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

By an agency, I hope!

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

It’s not finished, but I expect to complete it in the next four to six months. I’m also developing an outline for a sequel.

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

Hmmm. Shades of Milk and Honey, by Mary Robinette Kowal, is probably the closest match. Bandit Girls has a Regency setting in an alternate world, though it is not so finely constrained as a true Regency.

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

I blame everything on Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer.

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

There’s a Bandit King, a dashing Captain, and mysterious magic.

If you haven’t already become acquainted with the work of Nicky Drayden, you are in for a treat. Visit her at her blog and track down her short story collections — you will be quite pleased if you do.

And now I will tag the following authors; be sure to check out their answers!

Jessica Wynne Reisman

Rebecca Schwarz

Stina Leicht

Aaron de Orive

The new ultraviolence (and also, Stina Leicht’s new book)

Tonight at the Cactus Cafe: Fascinating discussion on the grisly violence of the Mexico drug wars, as perpetrated by the Zetas, and how it may have been inspired by the gruesome violence perpetrated by Al Qaida operatives in Iraq. John Burnett and Lawrence Wright are two of my favorite reporters and writers.The topic was uncomfortable and enlightening. Interesting that John Burnett used the term “ultraviolence” without even a hint of irony. Life, imitating art, and making it much much worse than originally conceived.

Views & Brews: The New Pornography of Violence

Then on a more cheerful note, hopped over to BookPeople for Stina Leicht’s signing for And Blue Skies from Pain, the follow up to Of Blood and Honey. I’m looking forward to more Liam. Then again, with Stina’s books about the Troubles, maybe the evening had a theme to it.

I have some good news coming up about the next book in the Gordath Wood series, and can’t wait to tell you! But all in good time…