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?
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!