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Next Big Thing Meme

The weekend was pretty good. I mostly worked, but we got some great rain all Saturday night. Though while we were watching DVDs on Friday night, Jack jumped up onto the couch and managed to land on my face, neatly puncturing my lower lip. We both lived.

I also bought a new blanket at a discount close-out place. It's upcycled (which is where you take something that's useless and make it into something useful) from textile mill shavings. It's the color of dryer lint, but it's very pretty dryer lint and very soft and thick.

Next Big Thing Meme

Jessica Reisman tagged me for the Next Big Thing meme which is 10 questions about a WIP. (And I've read the book she is talking about in that post, and it is awesome. It's everything I like in a fantasy.)

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

I'm working on something else right now, but I'm going to talk about Emilie and the Hollow World, which I'm due to revise soon.

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

The original idea was for an adult fantasy novel, but it just wasn't working. I wanted to do something with the characters using a steamship to exploring a strange alternate world. Once I made the protagonist younger, it suddenly started to work.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

Fantasy. Steampunk-ish, sort of. It's more like the fantasy-with-1920s-tech that I did in The Wizard Hunters, The Ships of Air and The Gate of Gods.

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

I don't know enough about actors that age to pick, though I have a very clear picture in my head of the main character, Emilie. Maybe Alfre Woodard back when she was sixteen or seventeen.

For Professor Marlende, I want Bill Nighy, because, basically, Bill Nighy. For Lord Engal, an older version (say 50s or early 60s) (and he'd need a beard) of Nelson Ellis (he plays Lafayette on True Blood.) For Rani, Gina Torres, and for Kenar Joe Flanigan (Rani and Kenar aren't human so they'd both be under a ton of makeup, but still), and for Daniel, Aldis Hodge, who plays Alec Hardison on Leverage, but he would have to be de-aged to eighteen or nineteen too. For Miss Marlende, I think Gina Bellman, who plays Sophie on Leverage. (Though I really see Miss Marlende as blond, I just like her for the part.)

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

Young girl from the country goes on a Jules Verne-esque fantasy adventure.

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

It was sold by my agent to Strange Chemistry, the YA line of Angry Robot Books, and will be out next April.

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

About five months, altogether.

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

Oops, already answered this one. The Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I wanted to write a YA, mostly, and wanted something different from the Books of the Raksura. (I was working on The Serpent Sea while I was writing Emilie, and The Cloud Roads hadn't sold yet.

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

Hollow worlds, and magic steamships and airships and underwater worlds.

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I love your casting. And otherwise, mmmmm.

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