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The Next Big Thing blogpost

Hello there, and welcome to my delicious slice of the ‘net!

I was tagged by the cosmically talented Sandra Odell to add to The Next Big Thing Blog Hop and tell you all about my current work-in-progress.

1) What is the working title of your book?
As yet, I have no working title. Which is bad, because I always felt that a work-in-progress never really gels until it has been christened with a name. Much like a baby. Because these projects are our babies, right? At the moment, I refer to it as “the succubus book,” because it’s about … well, succubi.

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
It came about as I was brainstorming for an idea for a novel. I wanted to tap into the success of the paranormal romance, but not go the route of vampires, werewolves, demons, zombies, or other such things. The succubi are certainly not new, just less trod upon.

3) What genre does your book fall under?
Paranormal romance. I think. Maybe urban fantasy. I get confused by the two.

4) Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Hmmmm … no idea. Seriously. No ideas about casting. But I would definitely have Julianne Moore in it, because she’s so hot.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A run-of-the-mill gravedigger unearths a pair of trapped succubi sisters, and tries to recapture them before they can kill too many people, only to find out he himself has a history connected to them. And that sounds really lame.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I would like to shop it to agents before considering the self-publishing route. Or perhaps I would publish it under my own imprint, Hydra House. Although some very commonsensical and smart people have told me not to do so.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It’s still in process. I have 50,000 words and want another 20,000 before I consider it a complete first draft.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Very difficult to say. Maybe Kat Richardson’s “Greywalker” series?

9) Who or What inspired you to write this book?
The main character is a grave robber, and I wrote a story while attending Clarion West that included a grave robber. I wanted to do something else with that, although they are miles from being the same character. It was more the profession I didn’t want to lose. And then to build a paranormal romance around him and a succubi.

10) What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I want it to go places a paranormal romance doesn’t normally go. I like to think it’s full of surprises, like Han Solo. It’s got young Christian men getting chewed up. It’s got the violent romance of the succubi and the incubi. It’s got a strange social order. It can get kind of weird.

Now, I tag these authors to answer these same questions next Wednesday:
Danika Dinsmore, middle grade author extroardinaire and social media princess.
Patrick Swenson, publisher of Fairwood Books and brand new Tor author. A man straddling two worlds.
Nikki McCormack, fantasy authoress and mistress of the sword.

An update, of sorts

All right, all right, it’s time I got busy and started blogging. August is a busy time, it always is. The month is the perennial 3:15 Experiment, when a bunch of masochists wake themselves up at 3:15am every day during the month of August and write poetry. I haven’t waken up at 3:15 in a while, but I write at dawn when I wake up. 20 years later, it’s still a fabulous experiment done by people all over the world.

Most recently I was published in an anthology called Bronies: For the Love of Ponies, which I feel I will never live down. (Bronies!) Check it out! Even if you’re not a Brony, (or a Pegasister), there’s a lot of good reading there.

The parade of books from Hydra House has been fairly nonstop. Going to press soon is Cat Rambo’s Near+Far, which is due to be released next month. Oy! So much to do!

And I need copies in time for WorldCon at the end of the month!

Kicking it into gear

Oh look, I have a follower! (Waves at Neyska.)
It’s recently been impressed upon me the importance of maintaining a blog, and so I shall strive to make time in the busy schedule to write something every week.
What’s happening? Norwescon is coming up this weekend, the largest of the Pacific Northwest literary scifi and fantasy cons. Lots of literati celebre in town this weekend. I’m going to try and make Hydra House displayed prominently, if I can. KC Ball will be reading Friday night at 7:00 and will be manning a table in the small press room. KC will also be signing autographs in the autograph room at 2:00 on Saturday. That should be exciting!
In other news, Hydra House announced two new collections to be issued later this year: “Near+Far” by Cat Rambo, and “The Twelve Days of Christmas” by Sandra Odell. It’s kind of weird planning for Christmas at Easter.

Clarion West 2011, end of week four

Off to the Clarion West party tonight! Week four. Last year at this time, my class was recoiling from the amazing Graham Joyce. He, more than any other Englishman, made me want to say I’m from Coventry. Just so I could say CO-ventry in that deep, booming accent. Maybe I can have my larynx altered.

This week, the class had Minister Faust, whom I heard read on Tuesday night. Also a fabulous personality and a very talented writer.

Now, if we could only get some damn sunshine!

Welcome to the blog!

I’m still in the process of setting this up. But in the meantime, you might check out what I’ve written at my other blog, Mercenary Robot (mercenaryrobot.wordpress.com). Good stuff there.

It occurs to me that I should just call this a “blahg.” Because most blogs are blah, blah, blah. A blahwg. Blerg, in the words of Tina Fey.