Ella Medler author of Blood is Heavier and Martin Little, Resurrected tagged me in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop (thank you, Ella) where authors spotlight a book or project they’re working on.
Q1: What is the working title of your book?
The Awakening & Other Stories
Q2: Where did the idea for the book come from?
I mentioned to my father that I was thinking of self-publishing a few short stories I’d written over the years, and he said, “why not?” So I’m going for it. Of course I can’t keep things simple for myself. I ended up deciding to use 4 stories I’d already written and write 4 new ones.
Q3: What genre does your book fall under?
Q4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
There are dozens of characters in these 8 short stories. I have no idea who would play who. I’ll leave it up to the reader to imagine who the characters would be played by.
Q5: What is the one sentence synopsis for your book?
8 short tales, each with a slice of the paranormal.
Q6: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Q7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Hmm, I need to think about this. A couple of the stories date back to 2005 or 2006 and I ended up re-writing them just a bit. The four new stories took a few weeks to write and then a couple of months of editing the entire collection.
Q8: What other books would you compare this story to, within your genre?
Think paranormal anthologies.
Q9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The older short stories in this collection were written as part of a creative writing class I took some years back. One story called “The Knocking” was inspired by my grandfather, Paddy. The others come from my love of supernatural fiction.
Q10: What else about your book might pique the readers’ interest?
It’s packed with both supernatural and ordinary people: a witch, ghosts, a vampire or two, a young woman who wants to end it all but doesn’t quite get what she bargained for and a Christmas story.
I’m tagging three wonderful writers who will post their answers on or near November 21st:
L.J. Kentowski – author of Guardian of Fate
L.H Cosway – author of Tegan’s Blood
Michelle Cornwell-Jordan – author of Night School. (Michelle will be visiting the blog shortly to discuss her new release :))