I have been suspiciously absent on this blog lately. I’m very aware of this. March just kind of slipped away from me when I wasn’t looking. Somewhere in the tangled web of dog adoptions, dog training, plumbing and foundation appointments (because our house has decided that THIS is the year it would like to become a money pit), day job, and copy editing jobs, all of a sudden the month was over. And I think April should be a little bit calmer, so I’m going to try to keep my posts up again. I’m not sure how well I’ll do with this since I’ve also decided to juggle four different writing projects (because insanity is sexy), but the intent is there.
So I’m starting with posting my Next Big Thing. Fabulous mystery writer extraordinaire Sarah Henning tagged me in this FOREVER ago, and I never got around to posting it. I’m posting it now about one of my works-in-progress, although it’ll be a little scant on the information since the project is still in its early stages. Also, go see Sarah and say hi because she’s brilliant.
What is the working title of your book?
It doesn’t really have one at the moment. It has a code name – BIG BEN – until I can come up with anything more interesting.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
A dream. I know, I know…how very Stephenie Meyers of me. I had a very interesting dream one night, and I wrote it all down. Then I started playing with the concept like Play-Doh – mixing colors, smashing it up, pulling out pieces, adding back in other pieces – until I got it into an shape that I feel might work.
What genre does your book fall under?
Adult science fiction, set on a fictional planet way in the future. I suppose it could be classified as New Adult given the main character’s age, but I’ll probably just send it out as adult.
What’s your book about?
There are a lot of details and things I’m playing with that I won’t get into here – partly because it’s still a baby book and partly because I’ve gotten a little more paranoid about sharing too much about my projects. The basic premise goes thusly:
Twenty-two-year-old Valkyrie Bruinn is, essentially, a wet work agent for a local crime syndicate. It’s messy work, but it keeps her sisters fed, sheltered and off the streets. Their safety is the only thing that matters, so she keeps her head down, follows the rules, doesn’t stir up trouble. When an accident destroys her home and her sisters, she’s lost. When she finds out it might not have been an accident, she’ll tear apart the whole planet for the sake of vengeance.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Good question! I’ll likely query it when it’s ready to go, but we’re a ways away from that yet.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I did a lot of image searching for this question because the main character is of Pakistani descent, and I have a very clear picture of her in my head. After looking around, I found Iman Ali, who I think is gorgeous and can rock a fierce anger and a fierce sadness, both of which would be important to play Valkyrie.
The middle sister, Rose, was a little easier since she looks like their mother: pale, freckled, redheaded. I went straight to English actress Lily Cole, who has a wide-eyed, ethereal quality that is perfect.
The youngest sister is Bethany, and like Val, she looks like her father instead of their shared mother. I think Amandla Stenberg is so beautiful and so talented, and she’s exactly who I picture to play the hyper-intelligent Beth.
The last character I’m casting is Otieno, infamous thief and Val’s former friend whom she breaks out of prison to help her. I spent quite a bit of time scrolling through pictures of beautiful black men (my life is so hard) before I decided on Edi Gathegi. Otieno needs a hint of deadly and a hint of ornery, and I think he has both.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the book?
I’ll let you know when it’s finished. 🙂
What else about your book might pique readers’ interests?
Look, if you like bad ass chicks and explosions, you’re probably going to like a lot of what I write. This one also has some fun steampunk elements, alien races that come in pairs, assassinations, giant law enforcement robots, and a crew of charming criminals.
I don’t have any specific to tag, so I’ll just tag all of you beautiful followers. I want to know what you’re working on! Tell me in the comments or put on your blogs and link me. 🙂