The Next Big Thing Blog Hop!

Alexandra Diane, who I constantly envy as she lives in warm, sunny Florida, nominated me to take part in this and I’ve been meaning to for about 2 weeks but life got in the way đŸ™‚ So here it is now. It’s an honour to be nominated đŸ˜‰

The questions pertain to a work in progress, so in my case, it’s the novel I’m adding to during this NaNoWriMo month.

What is the working title of your book?

Where did the idea come from for the book?
The Fukushima Daiichi disaster of 2011, in large part. No matter where you were in the world, this had to have affected you in some way. And not just “if that thing blows, how will it hurt me?” but “how will this impact the people and land there now?” I read an article about how radiation seeped into the soil will affect generations to come, and this horrifying concept fed into a pre-existing idea of an isolated community.

What genre does your book fall under?

Fantasy, but it also has elements of Historical Fiction and Romance.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

20-year-old Bryn MacBride seeks help for her dying mother in the Outside, beyond the borders of their isolated society – where no one lives past forty-five due to an inevitable deteriorating disease, and no one has ever left, cut off as they are from the rest of Britain after a magical battle gone wrong.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I love this kind of stuff! I honestly think I’d need to do serious research to find the answers for this particular story, though. Let’s see, hmm . . .

For the MC, Bryn MacBride, off the top of my head I’d say Jennifer Lawrence, but only if she can do a believable English accent.

For her romantic interest, Finlay, he needs to be Scottish and a convincing warrior-sort, but under 30. Yeah, I can’t think of anyone at the moment who fits that bill, either…

Paul Bettany is who I have in mind when writing antagonist Eadric Harkness, though.

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

I respect self-published authors because of how much work they put in to the process, and their entrepreneurship. I consider myself someone who needs that working relationship with an agent and a publisher. The business side of things. That might make me needy or old-fashioned, but that’s the route I aim to take.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Current manuscript took me four months to draft, once I started putting it on screen rather than in notebooks, random scraps of paper, and in my head.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Wow. Well, I can’t say I’ve read any books that follow a similar plot line, but like Diana Gabaldon’s OUTLANDER/CROSS STITCH, the MC goes back in time, and travels around England and Scotland. But she comes from the year 2211, a society that thinks it’s a sort of utopia–the future remnants of London after a battle between two Beings went awry. The fantasy aspects are no doubt heavily influenced by Simon R. Green’s BLUE MOON RISING and HAWK & FISHER series (among all his other writing), with a bit of characterisation and fight scenes along his lines. It’s inspired by a mixture of British and European folk tales/fables and mythology, so maybe a bit of THE SILMARILLION thrown in (nothing too lofty, then . . .) And in a strange kind of way, the film Romancing the Stone. I love how Joan Wilder was a romance novelist who had the quintessential unrealistic ideas about romance and was a success at depicting it on the page, but when it came to living out her own story, the learning curve was steep. Bryn will have a similar wake-up call, as she feels like she knows the Outside, history, and folklore better than anyone, since most Cimmerians aren’t interested in dwelling on things they can’t experience. She finds out she’s wrong, though . . . in about the worst way possible.

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

A book-loving researcher obsessed with the ideas of what might’ve been and what could be — happiest by the fireside with a hot drink and just her imagination — Bryn is instead forced to enter into her own fable if she wants to save her mother, and her fellow Cimmerians.

The Ruins of Cimmeria were built upon the graveyard of a centuries-old subterranean labyrinth of tunnels — one Bryn comes to learn was known as the London Underground. To top that off, when she does emerge into the light of day, not only is it an Outside whose history was censored to Cimmerian citizens, but she finds herself in history, in the year 1691, and when her travels take her north of the border to find her ancestors, she stumbles onto the eve of the Glencoe Massacre. Not a woman with the best of timing . . .

Plus, a dangerous warrior with a rumbly accent, and the answer to the age-old question, could Men-an-Tol cure more than rickets?

That’s all for now đŸ™‚

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