Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Blop Hop - The Next Big Thing

BLOG HOP – The Next Big Thing

I recently got tagged in a blog hop by my friend and fellow Japan-based writer, Kelly Matsuura, who writers poignant, emotive romance fiction.  Thanks to Kelly for doing this, its the first time Ive had it happen so Ill try to think of something interesting to say.
The rules for the blog hop are as follows:

****Give credit to the person/blog that tagged you
**** Post the rules for the blog hop
****Answer these ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress) on your blog
****Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:

What is the working title of your book? 

Im actually working on four main projects at the moment, but I guess the one thats getting the most attention is the follow up to my novel, The Tube Riders.  Its currently titled Tube Riders : Exile.

Where did the idea come from for the book? 

A couple of years ago, after I wrote the first book and was shopping it to agents, I started writing a follow up set five years in the future.  I got about fifty pages in, and while I liked what I was writing I felt there was a gap that needed to be filled.  This is it.

What genre does your book fall under?

Its sci-fi dystopia.

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

Id want unknowns.  None of my characters are ever star types, as in I hate gorgeous, muscular leads.  Switch, one of my main characters, has a jippy eye, for example, while Marta, the leading lady, has dreaded hair because she hardly ever gets a chance to wash.  Also, I wouldnt want a star to carry the movie, I would want the story to do that.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? 

Better than the first one (I hope!).

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

Self-published, unless I get a really, really good offer.  Book one recently did extremely well on a free promotion and from the reviews Ive had Im inclined to believe that Im on to something, and there could be a lot of money to be made without some company skimming most of it off the top.

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

Im only 50,000 words in so far, but about five weeks so far.  Like I say, Im working on three other projects as well.

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

Difficult . . . because I hardly read anything!  Id guess Hunger Games, as thats a kind of dystopian chase story, or Futuretrack 5, an old classic that few people now have heard of (its awesome).  However, the landscape you see in Tube Riders is very familiar.  Its only set 60 years in the future.

Who or What inspired you to write this book? 

The people that said part one was good inspired this one, definitely.  Otherwise I would have just written something else.  Im not a big sequel person, so this is definitely for them.

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

Its awesome, simple as that.  Dont listen to me, listen to the reviewers.

And the writers I'm tagging are -

John Daulton - Author of The Galactic Mage

C.D. Loken - Author of The Gift of the Brass Bell

Ashley Torbeck - Owner of the Drunken Space Penguin blog

Tony Riches - Owner of The Writing Desk blog

Karen Einsel - Owner of Karen's Different Corners

Check them out!

10 Oct 2012

1 comment:

  1. Is it really your first blog hop? Mine too! I think it tends to be a romance writer's thing, but I think it's great to have more variety included!

    I'm not sure how you're getting so much writing done (FOUR projects????) but I admire your focus :D

    I'll check out your tagged friends this week.

    Good luck finishing Part II!