I’ve been tagged by Jaq D Hawkins and Hannah Andronic whom I met through goodreads.com. Ms. Hawkins is a fantasy writer, author of Dance of the Goblins and Demoniac Dance and has a third goblin book in progress. Checkout her Goblins and Steampunk blog at http://indiewritenet.com/jaqdhawkins/ for more about her books. A book reviewer and writer, Hannah’s work-in-progress is Finding You, part one of the Sith Souls Trilogy . Visit her blog for more information about the forthcoming book and to read a heap of book reviews.
They invited me to answer some questions about “The Next Big Thing,” in other words, my latest work in progress.
What is the working title of your book?
It’s called The King’s Ransom.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
It’s a sequel to The Lost King which I started in 2010 and finished in 2011. That came out in paperback and as an ebook in December, 2011. Fans have been wanting more and indeed, The Lost King has more lessons to learn and more trials to undergo.
What genre does your book fall under?
Like The Lost King it’s a literary fantasy. I’ve seen literary fantasy defined as “works that will stick with you long past the first time you read them. A lot of that has to do with the characters, who are unique, interesting, convincing. They are complex, and this allows the plot to develop in a more complex, yet intuitive way. The themes of the books and their development are compelling, and could be called uplifting, seeming to carry meaning beyond the story itself.” (bestfantasybooks.com) That describes The Lost King to a “T.”
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Sean Astin could play King Bewilliam. Astin’s been playing a much younger man in The Lord of the Rings but I saw him on a Law and Order episode some years ago where he played more to his own age, early 40s, which is the King’s age as I imagine it. As for the Empress, if I could roll back time I’d pick a younger Karen Allen or Margot Kidder for their ability to portray strong, independent but nonetheless charming women.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Stripped of his power, land, and riches, the former King Bewilliam, now just Robin, braves deadly beasts and duplicitous men to reestablish his kingdom.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Self-published, unless some savvy agency recognizes the potential.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I’m still working on it but I wrote 50,000 words of it during the month of November, 2012, as my National Novel Writing Month writing marathon project.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Hard to say since I’m still writing it, and it’s already gone off in an unexpected direction. I’d love to hear from readers about what fantasy book is comparable to The Lost King.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Although the story is set in the Middle Ages, it was actually inspired by the plight of contemporary people who have been ”pink-slipped” right out of their lives.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I continued to be surprised and delighted by the facets of The Lost King that captivate people. Some fell in love with the hero’s cat. One reader was fascinated by the details about sword-making and another was so enthralled with the story that he couldn’t wait for me to write a sequel so he wrote his own. Others wondered what happened to the Empress. Her fans can learn more about her, and meet other engaging fictional heroines on the Addicted to Heroines Blog Tour, Feb. 1 through 10.
I’ll be interested to see what elements of The King’s Ransom captures readers’ imaginations.