Last week Misty Massey tagged me on her blog, as part of a chain of authors (or creative people) recommendations called THE NEXT BIG THING. Today it's my turn to reciprocate and to pass on the torch. I'm going to answer questions about my new project Ella Hawke & the Missing Courier Bag. Then I'm going to tag four wonderful authors who will tell you about their Next Big Thing on Wednesday January 2nd (or thereabouts).
What is the working title of your next book?
Ella Hawke & the Missing Courier Bag
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I do a little bit of costuming and Steampunk has taken over Pirating for me as a favorite genre. The first character idea I came up with for Steampunk was that of a Steampunk Courier.
What genre does your book fall under?
Mystery w/ a bit of Steampunk flavor
If you found yourself in an elevator with a movie director you admire and had the chance to pitch your book to them, what would you say?
It's the Three Musketeers meets Sherlock Holmes only Sherlock is female and Nicola Tesla plays Watson.
Every writer dreams of their book being turned in a movie or a TV show like Game of Thrones. If this happened to your work, which actors would you choose to play your characters?
Jonah Knight (named after the filker, Jonah Knight), is a young detective - I so see him as Nick Jonas.
Ella Hawke, the main character, would be Anne Hathaway.
Nicola Tesla is the hardest. I'd love to see Jonathan Young who played Nicola Tesla on Sanctuary cast in the role but the Nicola in my head has also got a bit of Nate Ford/Timothy Hutton in him.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Oh goodness, my inspiration list is miles long: Weis & Hickman, McCaffrey, Bradbury, Zahn, Stackpole & Allston, the crew at Magical Words, my husband and family, the gaming group...
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Oy...that's a loaded question. 3 years or so. I started when my daughter was still a baby and finally finished just before she turned 5.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
That's a tough one. It’s a traditional mystery so it’s in the same styles as those written by Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. But it’s got a bit of Steampunk flavor…sort of Warehouse 13ish.
Where do you plan to submit your book, or will you self publish it?
to be determined. It still needs a lot of work including editing before I even begin to talk to a publisher/agent.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
There are airships and Tesla guns and a chase scene in the middle of London.
And here are four authors I'd like to introduce, and who you can follow, when they answer the Next Big Thing questions...
Cindy Hutchins was raised in the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina in the town of Morganton. She grew up surrounded by the oral tradition of the South and the supernatural.
Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. Her bestselling first novel, War of the Seasons, Book One: The Human, was published in June 2011 and her next novel, War of the Seasons, Book Two: The Half-blood, was released in June 2012.
Like her main character, Cathy Wiley has achieved her childhood goal of writing mysteries. She's happiest when plotting stories in her head or on the computer, or when she's delving into research, be it hands-on or in books.
Cheralyn Lambeth is a costumer, puppeteer, actress, writer, ghostbuster and a published author. Her first book, has achieved great success and she is currently working on her second book, .