So, in the grand tradition of the internet, when a girl gets pinged by her cowriter to fill out a little thing about what she’s working on, she gets down to it. C.W. Rogers was kind enough to include me in his blog hop thingamajig, so here I am, with a list of questions, and in answering them, I get to share the writing projects I’m currently up to my elbows in.
So here we go.
1. What is the working title of your book?
I’m currently working on two ‘books’; the first is an independent project titled ‘Salvage’ that is more of a television show in prose-format than anything else. Collected into volumes, the first volume is tentatively titled ‘Mechanism: The Linguist’. The second project is a collaborative sequel project with C.W. Rogers, set five years after the first events of ‘Salvage’. Currently predicted to be a trilogy, the three volumes have the working titles ‘First Contact’, ‘Second Sight’ and ‘Third Faction’.
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
‘Salvage’ is the brainchild of several false starts of science fiction stories, combined with a love of interesting tales of space archaeology. ‘First Contact’ and its successors are what happens when two writers introduce their main characters and start considering what it would be like if their novels shared a universe.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
Both books are definitely science fiction, with a few elements of the action/adventure subgenres.
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
That’s a loaded query, since ‘Salvage’ is more of a TV series than a book. My main cast definitely has some headcanon actors, but, as my cowriter stated before me, it really is best for the reader to make those decisions. Unless an actual movie gets made, in a universe containing pigs that fly and ponies made of cotton candy. Then I’ll cry unless Robert Downey Jr. is involved somehow. I’m not sure how, but somehow.
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Salvage – When the crew of the Salvage vessel Prospero encounters a strange ruin, they end up mixed up in a madcap quest to save the galaxy.
First Contact–An extraterrestrial object crashes in the wastelands of Wakila, two people face the reality that they will never return home, and a broken family picks up the pieces after devastating losses. (C.W. wrote this, but it’s so good, I’m just pinching it. )
6. If you plan to publish, will your book be self-published or published traditionally?
I do plan to publish, but I’m still undecided on the formatting thereof. ‘Salvage’ is episodic, so the intent is to begin posting episodes when each ‘season’ is completed, then collecting them in volumes. As for ‘First Contact’, that’ll depend on a number of factors, including my cowriter, the success of our respective solo projects, and if we ever get our butts in gear writing more of it
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I’ve been working on the first draft of ‘Salvage’ since July of 2012, and it is as of yet incomplete. ‘First Contact’ has been in the works since NaNoWriMo 2012.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Less books and more other media. ‘Salvage’ has elements of other sci fi stories like Firefly, Mass Effect, and even movies like Indiana Jones.
9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Ultimately the idea came from the crazy cast of characters running around in my head, combined with the desire to get back to my more traditional sci fi roots. As for the collaborative project, I have to give my cowriter credit for showing me a fantastic first manuscript of his project, that inspired us to start working together.
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
All my stories are character driven, the ‘human’ factor. ‘Salvage’ is a story about saving the galaxy, but it’s also a story about family, about people fucking up and trying to make things right, and handling every crisis with a healthy sense of humor.
All right, so that’s those. I think I’m supposed to tag other people to fill this out… but let’s face it, I’m a lazy rebel.
Hang around for more information in 2013!