The Next Big Thing Blog Hop
Welcome Blog Hoppers, you have found a safe place for a time. Come take a seat and let us talk of things of great import.
Well, at least let us talk of things that may interest you. This is the first post of the Children of the Links Blog. I will try to keep this updated on the events and happenings in the greater Children of the Links world. So be sure to check back here for future posts. But that is for a time to come; for now, let’s speak of the present.
I was clued in on this Blog Hop from a writer I met at DragonCon a couple of years back. She was kind enough to remember me and offer me the opportunity to be linked in on The Next Big Thing Blog Hop. So, without further ado…
This blog hop includes ten questions to help you learn more about an author’s current work in progress, so here’s a little info about my current project:
1: What is the working title of your book?
The Tower of Light it is the first of the Children of the Links series.
2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
The idea developed in wondering what would happen to the children of a country where most of its adults had been either killed or imprisoned in a war. Obviously the children would face some serious issues from loss of loved ones, to handling the brutality that would inevitably befall them.
On the lighter side, I was also intrigued at the idea of old technology and how mysterious it seemed to my eyes. It is said any technology, sufficiently advanced enough, would seem as magic to a society not accustomed to its use. Ancient navigation tools and science tech, with their intricate designs and etched patterns, are nearly indecipherable to those who know nothing about them. These instruments have a seductive magic that make you wonder for what and how they were used. I imagined a world where science developed in a parallel with the ancient mysteries and what tools and developments would have been made in such a place.
3: What genre does your book fall under?
Fantasy would best fit The Tower of Light. The world is at the cusp of industrial development. The new advancements are a means of replacing the ways that have been lost to time and war. They are not better just different and in some ways worse than what came before. The protectors of this lost knowledge are scattered, hidden, or dead. It’s upon Rebecca Dulac’s shoulders the hope for this lost way of life rests.
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I had to search around the web for this, India Eisley appearance wise looks like Rebecca Dulac. I would look more for new talent being the cast would be younger for the most part. I am all for giving new people a chance to prove themselves; you never know how good someone can be until you give them a shot.
5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Orphaned and exiled from her home after a terrible war, Rebecca Dulac discovers she holds the key to rekindling the lost ability to Reach; she must learn to use her skills and seek out what secrets lay at the heart of The Tower of Light.
6: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Currently the book is self published. I am hoping that an agency or larger publishing firm will not miss the opportunity to help spread my stories to those who would enjoy them.
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It took a little over a year or so to get the main manuscript done…editing and letting go was another matter.
8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
The Tower of Light has a feel of Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time books to it as well as hints of Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials novels.
9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The Tower of Light sprung from multiple lines of inspiration. My mother was ill at the time which put life in perspective for me. I was reading Harry Potter – a wonderful story which showed how well a story could be told. And then there was the impetus; a novel I had begrudgingly finished at the recommendation of a friend. This fantasy novel shall go unnamed to protect the guilty party. Unbelievably in my eyes, it was a New York Times Bestseller. It occurred to me that if this trite, poorly written, self aggrandizing, sadistic, 850 page piece of garbage had garnered a following so large as to earn it a New York Times Bestseller spot than a story of bravery, redemption, loyalty, and love should be a sure thing. Someday I hope to have a chance to shake the hand of the man whose novel was so inspiringly awful.
10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The characters that Rebecca meets are not always as they seem. Some have secrets of their own and others may be more than they appear. In this world there are dangers not just from one plane of existence; when the creatures from the other side appear, worse than death surely follows.
Special thanks to A.J. Scudiere who let me know about this. If you would like to learn more about her and her Intelligent Suspense novels, including her recent novels Phoenix and God’s Eye, visit www.AJScudiere.com and follow the snarky Smart Chickens blog at www.SmartChickens.com or search ‘Smart Chickens’ on iTunes for the podcast.
Be sure to check back for the authors coming next week January 17th…