The Next Big Thing

The awesome and wonderful Pavarti K Tyler tagged me in a blog series called The Next Big Thing, and she’s sent me ten nifty questions regarding my next book. Thus, I bring you… answers! 🙂

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:

  1. What is the working title of your book?
  2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
    That’s a hard question! I’ve had this character in my head for a very long time, and in the process of role-playing with friends and working out other stories, I kept running into him. He’s ancient, a near-true immortal, and so no matter what genre I was working in, no matter what the timeline or era (or even world), Notte kept showing up. I finally realized his story needed to be told – all fifteen thousand years of it.
  3. What genre does your book fall under?
    Fantasy. Mostly. I tend to genre-hop, to be honest, so there are elements of historical fantasy (the places and archaeological things I mention are generally real), horror (some of it is pretty gruesome), and drama.
  4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
    I genuinely don’t know anyone who looks like Notte. His particular genetic string of hominid no longer exists, so this is tricky. He’d need to have dark-olive skin (slight hints of green in there); brown hair with big, BIG curls (not tight ones, and not waves); and big, soulful green eyes.I do actually have a couple of sketches from an awesome artist, Celine Chapus:
  5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
  6. This 15,000 year old biological weapon had a long way to go before he became the perfect gentleman. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
  7. Indie-published, unless something really wild happens between now and then. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
  8. It’s not done yet. 🙂 I anticipate a couple of months. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
  9. Hmmm. Well, it’s very lush, so if you like sensual descriptions and a very visceral style, this is for you. If you like a ton of introspection, this is for you. If you enjoy unexpected twists on creatures you THINK you know, this is for you.  I’ll be honest: I’ve never been able to answer this particular question because my books don’t fit in any one genre. If you like Patrick Rothfuss, you might like mine. If you like Anne Rice, you might like mine. If you like Victoria Roth, you might like mine. If you like Shakespeare, you might like mine. If you like Jay Lake, you might like mine. I dunno. I read everybody. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
  10. Story inspired me.  I must – MUST – write the stories in my head, whether they come out in fanfiction, RP, or some other format. They must be born, or I go kinda crazy. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
  11. If you like new takes on old tropes, this story is for you.


It’s totally my pleasure to tag five more authors to tell us about their Next Big Thing:

J. M. Frey

Victoria Schwab

Liana Brooks

Ilana Waters

Adrienne Kress

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