Thursday, October 11, 2012

I've Been Tagged!

From time to time, the internet winds blow my way and I end up getting tagged. I generally don't do anything about it, but this time I figured I would, as it gives me a chance to talk about myself. Yay!

This one came from PT Dilloway, whose novel, A Hero's Journey was released this week, much to his surprise.

Anyway, I'll get right to it.

Ten Questions for the Next Big Thing

1. What is the title of your Work in Progress?

Total Depravity
The cover I'll probably end up using

2. Where did the idea for the book come from? 

Where they all come from, the ether.

3. What genre does your book fall under? 

Science Fiction, well, is historical Science Fiction a real genre? If it is, then that's what this is.

4. Which actors would you chose to play your characters in a movie rendition? 

Phht, I have no idea. If they make the movie I'll worry about it then. Although, I must say that one character is disturbingly large. 

5. What is a one-sentence synopsis of the book? 

A colonial era Bostonite is tasked with hunting down an escaped slave that is rumored to be a demon.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? 

The intent from the very beginning was for this story to be self-published.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft? 

About a month.

8. What other books would you compare this story to in your genre? 

Well, I have no idea. I don't think I'm especially original, but nothing really comes to mind.

9. Who, or what, inspired you to write this novel? 

I love the idea of secret histories, and on a more philosophical level, of how much difficulty humans have interpreting events that fall outside of their cultural or intellectual framework. Like when the Spaniards first began arriving in their giant ships to to explore the Americas, there are stories that natives didn't recognize the ships offshore as... well... as anything. They made up their own stories about what they were or dismissed them altogether. Interpreting the visitors as gods or prophets. I think it says a lot about how the human mind works.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? 

Well, the bottom line about any book is whether or not it's good. My hope is that this is better than anything I've done before. I know I'm excited about it.

That should about cover it all. I'm supposed to pass this along, but I'm not going to. If you want to consider yourself tagged then please, by all means, you were.


M.J. Fifield said...

The cover is creepy awesome (if that's a thing...) and the story sounds damn cool. I'm looking forward to it.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The cover is great!! One of your best. Historical science fiction/horror maybe? Is that a genre? And it ties in with A Dead God's Wrath? Extra cool!
Give us warning before it comes out!

Cindy said...

Love the premise. I will be sure to read it. The title and cover do look a bit on the horror side. Historical and SF is an interesting blend. I like those genres.

I think I may accept that tag for Vallar 2. It'll give me a reason to talk about the book.

PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

I liked A Dead God's Wrath so I can't wait to read this one!

Tonja said...

Great cover!

Andrew Leon said...

Oh, man, Michael Clarke Duncan would have been great for... but... now I'm sad again.

vic caswell (aspiring-x) said...

i really like the textures and the lettering effects! :)

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I really like the cover. It's really scary lookin'. I'm gonna try to get to the book you just published this weekend. I just want to clear some more books of the TBR list. I did five this last weekend.

Brinda said...

Creepy cover..................

M Pax said...

Nice story and awesome cover.

The Golden Eagle said...

Sounds like an interesting story. I like the philosophical angle you brought up.

S. L. Hennessy said...

I seriously love the premise. And this sounds lame, but I really like stories about demons. Or rumored demons. Cool title.

Patricia Stoltey said...

You sound like blogger rebel...I admire that. I've also stopped passing along awards and tags and all that jazz, mainly because I hate for folks to feel left out.

Historical sci fi sounds like a real genre to me. Intriguing too.

Jay Noel said...

That cover is creepy as hell.

I have the exact same fascination with history. It's probably why I read so much about the Spanish conquest of South America and the colonization of North America and the Native Indians.

Briane P said...

You wrote a book in A MONTH?

So you can draw, you write fast, you put up sheds (if I remember that post correctly.) If Andrew is Temptation, Embodied, then you are Efficiency Made Corporeal.

(I kind of started this thing where I am assigning to people virtues and making them sound as though they are some sort of lifelike representations of those virtues. It's like the lamest superhero team ever. Andrew got the first. Now you got the second.)

(I am not very enthused about my work today.)

Anyway: I agree with everyone else: Good cover, great premise, loved "Dead God," looking forward to new book, still have to read "War Angel" yadda yadda yadda lobster bisque.

Andrew Leon said...

Okay, well, this sounds like an interesting super team. So I can tempt people to make them vulnerable, but I'm a little unclear as to efficiency's role at this point.

Trisha said...

Nice tag and answers! Your story sounds intriguing Rusty :)