I am participating in a writers event in the Blogosphere which provides an overview of all kinds of upcoming and recent novels. My thanks to Erick, who tagged me from his blog. I like to tease Erick, so all I have to say about him is that he is an awesome writer.
Below, I’ve answered questions about my novel and at the end I direct you to the blogs of two more people who will tell you about their upcoming stories next week.
1) What is the working title of your next book?
Odds of the God
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
I went to Las Vegas rather randomly without choosing or caring about the venue. From the time I arrived, I delighted in the surreal environment, from the call girls to the rock music to weather inside the shopping mall, the replicas of architectural wonders and the overindulged crowds. I wondered about the people working in the casinos and how such an atmosphere of wanton abandon could pervade an entire city. Meanwhile, I had recently finished re-watching the Lord of the Rings, and developed an urge to write a story with epic battles. The opening scene of my novel, where a druid who works in a casino fights with a sorcerer because he is disrespecting native culture, jolted into my head one night and I had to write it down.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
Urban Fantasy including some modern science elements.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a
The lead character, Brigit, who is a blackjack dealer and a druid with the power to channel natural forces, I could see played by Scarlett Johannson (in a blond phase). I could imagine Al Pacino doing a fabulous job of Brigit’s antagonist, as a diabolical, womanizing angel. Brigit has two loves interests in the story, one a cleric, who Scott Grimes or Simon Pegg might portray and the other a sorcerer. I would cast Irish actor Aidan Turner as this sexy sorcerer.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Overcome by the compulsion to steal a set of religious artifacts, Brigit, a blackjack-dealing, Vegas druid, must then save womankind from a fallen angel’s world domination agenda.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I will seek representation by an agent.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
It took nine months to write this story, from the day I started it in Vegas.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I have a hard time with this question, because my urban fantasy with a female protagonist is less character-based and more plot driven than many of the stories someone might be tempted to compare it to, such as the stories of Patricia Briggs, Diana Pharaoh Francis or Kat Richardson. There is more action and I am inspired by Christopher Moore, Charles de Lint and Jim Butcher.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I’ve already mentioned the Vegas and epic battle inspirations. I have my own version of fictional Druids, which were inspired by the D&D character class. I am earth-aligned and find the power of nature awe-inspiring. This is why I write about magical creatures who can channel natural power because if I were magically-abled, this is what I would want to do.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
There is a satirical twinge to my writing most of the time. In Odds of the Gods, I take a few shots at organized religion, marketing and consumerism.
But enough about me. The fun part of this event is linking to other exciting writers who will also answer these questions.
I am tagging two writers, both of whom are in the same writing group as I am, but not in the same writing group as each other. Rachael and I belong to a group we call the B7 and we meet once a week and read novel excerpts. The story Rachael is currently working on is a time-travel mystery, lush in images of aristocratic settings, passionate encounters and 19th century frippery. This is her blog. When I think of Michael, I think of cold, salty water falling in torrents over the deck of a wooden ship while juxtaposed parallel worlds crash into each other. He and I are part of an on-line critic group, which grew out of the writing workshop sessions at worldcon. Here is Michael’s blog.