Monday, October 22, 2012

Next Big Thing

I have been doubly tagged by Alexia Chamberlynn and Lisa Ann O'Kane for the "Next Big Thing" interview! The idea comes from SheWrites and is meant to help female authors promote their WIPs, so I'm told. Let the blather begin!

What is the working title of your book?
THE TASTE OF ANGELS. It was SLUDGE for a while. :)

Where did the idea come from for the book?
It's the accumulation of a really simple idea over a lot of time. I always thought it would be cool to have a character whose sole job was to shoot the messenger birds that fly from a castle under siege during a war. Then he misses, and has to go follow the bird into the forest, which cues the inciting incident. (I still plan on using this for a book, eventually....) Anyway, I turned that over in my head again and again, and somehow I got the idea of shooting an arrow high enough that you hit an angel. Bam, angel hits the ground. And I'm a fan of magic systems, so I thought, "Hey, how about we use the actual angel as fuel? Like EAT HIM?" And it exploded from there.

What genre does your book fall under?
Once I fix the tone of the second half, I think horror. Though I could probably market it as urban fantasy or dystopian. It's a shelf-hugger, this one.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I think Brock Kelly would make a good Jasper Tidwell (protagonist). He played teenaged Dean Winchester in Supernatural, and I admit I had Dean in the back of my head when I wrote the manuscript. Benjamin Stone could work, too.

Brock Kelly from IMDB

Maybe Diego Boneta or Alex Pettyfer for Adric, but I don't know if either is tall enough.

Diego Boneta from IMDB

Chris Olivero for Ciero Galarde if he gets a good tan.

Chris Olivero from IMDB

And for Irma Galarde... I don't know a lot of Latina actresses who can pull off teenagers, so I'll go with Naya Rivera because I know she's good at playing "pissed off." Maybe Selena Gomez.

Naya Rivera from IMDB

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
"It's about people who eat angels and the world goes to crap."

Yeah, I'm still working on my pitch, but that's it in a nutshell. ;)

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I'm not a fan of self-publishing, personally. I'd want to go through an agency or publisher for this one. If I think it's super great after revisions and everyone and their dog has rejected it, I might consider epublishing. Maybe.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About two months. Granted, it's WAY too short, so I can't really pat myself on the back for it.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Honestly, this manuscript was somewhat inspired by ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD, which I also think could be marketed as urban fantasy. I don't know enough dystopians to find a comparable one, but I'm positive they're out there.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD was part of it, for sure. That, and it never hurts to go outside your comfort zone--this definitely wasn't my usual genre. It was a bit of a challenge for me. :)

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Um... I'd hope the setting. That's my husband's favorite part, at least. You know, the whole evilsentientsmokethatwillmakeyougocrazylikethereaversfromFirefly type of deal. That, and I mutated the Atlantis Casino and Hotel in Reno, too. :D

I believe I'm required to assault other (female) writers for this, so BAM. Get 'er done.

Hayley Nicole Stone
Laura Christsensen
Juliana L. Brandt
Erin Summerill


  1. Eating angels? I'm repulsed and intrigued. I'd pick up the book.

  2. Ha. I just peed myself at the pitch! Eating angels and the world going to crap...I would request this MS right away if I was an agent.

  3. Yeah, the intrigue level of your book is awesome. :D Makes me think of a book called "Forest of Hands and Teeth." Really good read; really creepy. It's a post-apocalyptic zombie novel.

  4. Such an awesome premise! Hahaha... Too fun. I wish you HUGE luck! You must keep us posted! :)