After deciding to one of these on my own, I was tagged in a different Next Big Thing blog post by author Sunny Moraine. I figure I got enough projects going on that I can muster up another post. So here goes.
Here’s my Next Big Thing pt. 2.
What’s the working title of your next book?
Since I already talked about Gifts of the Earth, this time I’m going to talk about the next book in my Tethys Chronicles series, Terraviathan. Fun fact: the title is a combination of two words–terra and leviathan. I’ll leave it up to the readers to figure out how why I chose those two.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Terraviathan is the sequel to my debut steampunk novel, The Exile’s Violin. The longer answer is that I wrote Exile’s as a standalone novel, but I loved the characters and setting so much that a year after I finished it, I wrote the first draft of the sequel in a fraction of the time.
What genre does your book fall under?
Terraviathan is steampunk mixed with secondary world fantasy. Both it and Exile’s are set in the fictional world of Tethys. No Victorian England to be found! It’s got some dark undertones to it, and I’ve been told that my steampunk world has some hints of noir to it. I dig it.
What is the synopsis or blurb for this book?
Well, I don’t want to give too much away for those who haven’t read the first book. Let’s just say that sometimes “happily ever after” isn’t worth shit. What do you do when your life is falling apart, you’re scared of commitment, and armed gangs are hunting you for no reason you can think of?
What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Like I said before, I’m super terrible at this. I’d need to have somebody cast my book and then I could agree or disagree.
I couldn’t even picture somebody to play my main character Jacquie until Gwen Perkins mentioned Michelle Forbes in her role as Admiral Cain from the reimagined Battlestar Galactica. Michelle Forbes is too old to play Jacquie, but somebody like her would be perfect. As soon as Gwen said it I knew it was a spot on choice. But if she hadn’t brought it up I never would’ve been able to make that connection in my mind.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It’s actually contracted by Hydra Publications, the same press that published The Exile’s Violin.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Because I’d already done most of the worldbuilding before writing Exile’s, the first draft of Terraviathan took me about 3 to 4 months. It’s so much easier when you already have your setting and main characters. I also knew ahead of time what direction and tone I wanted to take with this sequel. It was the fastest first draft I’d ever written.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I couldn’t leave the characters of Jacquie and Clay and the world of Tethys behind. I started writing a space opera novel (currently trunked), but my heart wasn’t in it. I wanted write about a corrupt world of soot, steam, and bullets instead of spaceships and civil wars.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
This book picks up almost immediately where Exile’s ends. Readers that want to know more about what happens to Jacquie and Clay after they do those things they do at the end of the book will get their wish! I also think that readers will be drawn to Jacquie and Clay’s evolving relationship. She’s a strong woman with her own set of ideals and personal demons. I’d like to think that people will recognize that I put my blood, sweat, and tears into making these two characters and their interactions.
That’s all for now! Look for Terraviathan some time in late 2013. I’ll be sure to share cover art and more information as soon as I’m able!
I know I’m supposed to tag others in this portion of the post, but I really don’t know who to choose. Go for it if you feel inspired to write your own and tag other authors!