With the release of my novel, IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING just around the corner in 2016, I thought the following quote by C.S. Lewis was appropriate.
In the last two weeks or so I’ve been tagged by two authors – Julie and Kathils – to participate in the new blog hop sensation: The Next Big Thing! The purpose: discuss my current Work in Progress. Seeing as I was tagged by not one, but two authors, I figured I should indulge all of you with some little tidbits about my novel.
What is the working title of your book? In the Shadow of the Dragon King.
Where did the idea come from for the book? The idea has been swirling in my head since I was young. I’m an army brat with a love for fantasy – the kind of fantasy that involves knights and dragons and sorcerers. My Army dad was always a hero to me, as are our servicemen and women. One Saturday morning while sitting in an IHOP, nine servicemen dressed in uniform, came in and took a table by the window. Watching them, listening to them, the idea for my novel began to play out in my head and it wouldn’t stop. I’ve been working on the trilogy ever since.
What genre does your book fall under? a cross between urban and high fantasy.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Kidnapped for his own safety, a seventeen-year old boy is thrust into a magical world hovering on the brink of war, and forced into finding a hidden ally before his arc enemies – a sorcerer and a dragon – can kill him. (Still working on it but it’s what I have for now.)
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Wow, my list is long (yes, I’ve thought about this a lot :-)) Are you ready? Nicholas Haut, Vanessa Hudgins, Megan Fox, Cameron Bright, Jeremy Sumpter, Craig Parker, Roselyn Sanchez, David Wenham and Paul Rudd to name a few.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I would love to have my book repped by an agency, but I’ll probably end up going with a small press. There are several out there I’m looking at who have a great reputation and same publishing model I’m looking for. All options are open at this time.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? Years. I worked on it part-time to begin with only to realize I needed to do some research into medieval weapons, castles, locations, etc. This put the actual writing on hold for a while. Then I started writing again but I didn’t like the way it started, so I ditched it and started over. I was also working full-time and trying to raise four kids, so time was limited. Then I was laid off in 2010 from my job and, unable to find a job, dove into my manuscript with vigor. I completed it in 2011, sent it off to a publisher who liked it but needed changes. I’ve been working on those changes ever since, along with the other two novels in the trilogy.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I’ve been told my story has elements of Tolkien, Rowling, C.S. Lewis, Cassandra Clare and Anne McCaffrey mixed with my own flare, but as far as actual books? I don’t think it’s been compared to any books.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? There are mysterious tattoos, fight scenes to appeal to the YA male reader, a hint of love interest for the gals, a bit of sarcastic wit for the adults and some bad a$$ characters to love and hate. There’s a good dragon as well as a very, very bad one, a couple of kick-butt fae, and an army of shape-shifting teens any kid would want on his/her side in an epic battle. It’s a story of love, sacrifice and believing in one’s self.
And now, for my nominations, in no particular order:
And anyone else who wants to play along.
This is part 4 of my series on How to write a fantasy novel.
Who is your ultimate fantasy villain? Is it Voldemort? The White Witch of Narnia?
What did J.K. Rowling and C.S. Lewis do to make you love to hate them?