Saturday, 1 December 2012

De Ja Vu?... Plus Interview Update

G’day everyone, and welcome to that priceless time of the year where every day is a puddle of deliciously melted, advent calendar chocolate, and every night is about six billion degrees long. My Interview With A Blogpire (Part 2) is still on its way, there’s just been a slight delay as blogger extraordinaire Aimee L Salter busily juggles life stuff while finalizing her tips on building a successful author platform. So stick around for that, and check out Part 1 if you’ve no idea what I’m on about.

On other notes, I’m stoked to have been given my third nomination for The Next Big Thing blog hop and I figure it’s about time I accepted them. I haven’t completed this before because the questions matched those from a previous blogfest I entered, but since I had a great time answering them I’ve decided to share again. Plus, the hop has never had a badge before, so I’ve made a rather terrible one for us all to enjoy.


And here are the questions:

What is the working title of your book?
— The Hourglass Bridge. (I’ve also got the working cover, the working blog, the working movie trailer and even the working camera angles and theme song for the final scene in the working finale of the working series. Some say I’m obsessive… I say leave me alone, I’m working).

Where did the idea come from for the book?
— As I touched on in my #GUTGAA meet & greet post, I woke up seeing a girl find a magic book and unknowingly summon a young witch and wizard into her room. But I had to ask, why was the book there? A: Because someone put it there. But why? A: Because they needed her. But why? (Yeah, I was one of those kids. Even I want to give young-me a wedgie). Anyway eventually I changed the book to an hourglass and developed an entire plot… as well as a debilitating crush on an imaginary sixteen-year-old from the sixteenth century.
Just my luck.

What genre does your book fall under?
— YA historical urban fantasy with a mystery bent and a hint of romantic suspense, written to outsell 50 Shades of The Hunger Games and be made into ten movies. (Now, if I could just pitch that to an agent, they’ll be thrilled...)

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
— Five months, and as soon as I finished and read it I decided there was more to tell before those events, so I threw it away and started another, which also took five months. I did all this in between travel, university, playing in a band and having a job, and by the end I had broken the Guinness world record for being the first person to go without sleep for one year straight. I’ve since spent two years editing, and slowly going insane.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
 Johnathan Rhys Myers as my crush’s tutor; Steven R. MacQueen as the MC’s twin brother; Gary Oldman as an important old guy I don’t have room to explain here; Ian McKellan and Michael Gambon as the time keepers; Eva Green as the antagonist and Daniel Craig as the king (which makes this photo like a weird armistice I certainly did not authorize).

I couldn't find the photo credit, but I borrowed it from here:

What is the one-sentence short synopsis of your book?
Hauled into sixteenth century Wales, a shy, teenage history buff must embrace the destructive powers she never knew she had, to protect her ancestors from a war she doesn’t know she started.
Also, there are slugs.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
— Depends whether you mean in my mind or in real life. :P Haha in all seriousness I’ve only sent out about four queries so I’m hoping for an agent, but I am extremely passionate about marketing (hence building this entire blog around book marketing and promotion) so I’m working on my author platform and look forward to the challenge of self-publishing if that’s the way life takes me.  

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
—Um, I thought everyone would have been sold on the slugs. No? Geez, tough crowd. Ok, how about the last line of the entire book? You ready? You sure? Well here it is…
The end.*

And that’s it! Sending lots of thanks to Donna Hosie, Stacey Trombley and Aimee Salter herself for nominating me. You guys rock!

*Disclaimer: Not actually the last line. Sorry. I was counting on the slugs.