As part of The Next Big Thing Blog Hop, I was tagged by Ingrid Diaz in her post last week.
The purpose of this hop is to introduce readers to writers and works that might be unfamiliar. This includes new releases or Works in Progress (WIP). This is week 26 of the hop.
According to the rules of the hop, I will be answering some questions (the same ones for every other blog hopper) about either my newest release or my WIP and then at the bottom of the post I’ve listed authors who will do the same thing in their blogs next Wednesday, December 26th.
WHAT IS THE WORKING TITLE OF YOUR BOOK?
Terra Paradox. I wanted something vaguely Latin, so I picked Terra, but I felt it needed more. It took me a long time to come up with Paradox. At first I was going with a Latinised version of the word, and that just didn’t work. ‘Terra’ means Earth, and I felt that was appropriate for a book which spans two distinct worlds.
WHAT GENRE DOES YOUR BOOK FALL UNDER?
YA Urban Fantasy? I don’t know. There’s a lot of mythology and magic, but it’s set in modern worlds. I’m really bad with genre, which I know I need to work on.
WHICH ACTORS WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO PLAY YOUR CHARACTERS IN A MOVIE RENDITION?
Bruce Campbell should play every character, because Bruce Campbell is awesome. No, but seriously, I’d love for somebody like Allison Scagliotti to play Nika, but I don’t really have anybody in mind for the narrator. I spent most of my time looking at the world through her eyes, rather than looking at her.
That said, there are specific mentions about parts of her appearance which are important. She looks different from everyone else in her town, even her parents. Casting would have to take that into account.
WHAT IS THE ONE-SENTENCE SYNOPSIS OF YOUR BOOK?
Led by dreams of past lives, a teenage girl escapes the oppression of the modern Roman Empire and embarks on a quest across realities to save the last of her people.
WHAT IS THE LONGER SYNOPSIS OF YOUR BOOK?
Rae Crescenti has never known life outside the walls of the border city of Sant Victus. The Roman Empire has spread to the New World, destroying native cultures wherever it took hold, suppressing any free thought or individuality. Rae, teased and bullied because of her looks and rebellious attitude, has never fit in. And then she begins to have strange prophetic dreams which take her on an adventure to hidden desert cities and alternate worlds.
WILL YOUR BOOK BE SELF-PUBLISHED OR REPRESENTED BY AN AGENCY?
Self-publishing this one. The format is a little odd for traditional publishers. It’s only 40k words, but has two similarly-lengthed sequels in the works which will be published at intervals.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE THE FIRST DRAFT OF YOUR MANUSCRIPT?
I guess it depends on how you look at it. The inception of this book was a wholly different novel I started writing sometime in the dark ages. Must have been in the mid-90’s when that first tale began to take shape. Rae (known as Rikki back then) was a supporting character in a WIP titled Apollo Rising. She ended up being more popular than the main characters, and I always felt I wanted to do something with her. I took the seed of her story arch from there, and worked it between my mind’s fingers like a lump of clay until it took coherent shape.
Terra Paradox itself, though, took about six months to write, while I was unemployed. That’s probably the only reason it didn’t take longer.
WHO OR WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK?
Growing up queer and Catholic is one of the more isolating things I can think of. At times it felt like that was all there was to life, that constant oppression that soaked into your soul and sucked out your sense of self. It felt, to me, a bit like being a Stepford Child. Any deviation from the mold set out for me was a scandal. I know I wasn’t the only one, and I know there are kids out there who feel a lot like I did. I write this for the teen I was, and for them.
I worked for years on the world-building, through other projects that fell by the wayside, many protagonists who didn’t make it past the first few attempts. Through it all, there was Rae, a rough-and-tumble girl who dreamed of a life beyond the walled city she grew up in. She feels like an old friend.
WHAT ELSE ABOUT YOUR BOOK MIGHT PIQUE THE READER’S INTEREST?
There’s a talking wolf-dog! And geeky sci-fi sorcerers! And body switching! And lots of queer kids! And Doctor Who references!
Continuing the Blog Hop next Wednesday, December 26th:
My good tweetie Samantha Boyette, author of Morning Rising and Darkness of Morning!