People love chain letters for some reason, and last week fantasy author Jaq Hawkins tagged someone in a chain post. Her blog does look cool and you can find it here. The person that she tagged, supernatural thriller author Michael Brookes, then had to answer the same set of questions here. And he tagged me. Who am I tagging? Luckily I found two people with seriously interesting blogs. Please meet:
Fantasy author Brian Rush (check out his blog here) and hard core science fiction author Rob Lopez (check out his blog here)
My answers are below.
What is the title of your next book? My next book is called z2
Where did the idea come from for the book? It is part of a six book collection involving a family with mild superpowers. This one advances the story of telepathic mom, and shape shifting older son, while introducing a dad who has a sort of special relationship with time.
What genre does your book fall under? It’s a sub-genre called “magical realism”. The best way to explain it, I think, is that things happen that would be considered magic in a fantasy book but here they are explained as scientifically possible. I reluctantly call it science fiction when I have to choose a major genre.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? I don’t see these particular novels as a movies. Too many subplots.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? By book three I’ve fallen into a pretty good pattern. A month of research, four months to write, then a month of basic first pass editing to get it to a draft I’ll show to someone else.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? It’s not quite like anything I’ve ever read, and I like that. But it kind of vaguely reminds me of the Clan of the Cave Bear Series, or The Mists of Avalon. Sort of real and sort of not.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? I love to travel, and each book partially takes place in a location very different from my home in Texas. In response to other readers who are curious about the far-away, each book has a couple of dozen live links that lead to more information about books location, subject matter, and even to the music that the characters listen to. I guess you could say that each book has a sound track that reflects its main character.