I’ve been invited to participate in a “blog chain letter” where we talk about our current WIP (work in progress) and add links to other authors so we can hop over and meet them.
Here’s the questions:
Q: What is your working title of your book?
Sharp, the second book in the Mindspace Investigations series.
Q: Where did the idea come from for the book?
I was playing around with a short story in the same universe (the as-yet-unpublished Rabbit Trick) and came up with a killer-for-hire who strangled his victims with an oddly-sharp ligature cord.
Q: What genre does your book fall under?
It’s in the odd space between science fiction, mystery, and urban fantasy.
Q: What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
For the main character, I’d choose the actor who plays Holmes from BBC’s Sherlock, who does a marvelous job of being both intelligent and dislikable while keeping your attention and making you root for him. For Cherabino, perhaps the actresses who play Jo from Eureka or Starbuck from the new Battlestar Galactica (with dyed hair). I’d like someone who can do competent and testy well while still making you like her. For Michael (the new character in this book), in an ideal world I’d throw money at Grant Imahara from Mythbusters and see what happens – I like his energy for the character.
Q: What is the one-sentence synopsis of the book?
Eek. One sentence! Well, off the top of my head: As Adam goes head to head with both a brutal killer-for-hire and his past sins to save a former student, he must convince Cherabino – and the rest of the department – he’s trustworthy and capable of standing up on his own two feet.
Q: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It’s under contract with Roc (Penguin), scheduled to be released in April 2013.
Q: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Between 8 and 9 weeks.
Q: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
People keep comparing this series to Jim Butcher, which is always a compliment.
Q: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I love these characters from Clean and I wanted to let them continue their stories past its pages.
Q: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
You find out in the first chapter that Adam may lose his job very soon if he can’t prove himself and/or pull out a miracle. Since his job is a large part of his support system keeping him on the wagon, this is a problem.
Much love to the fabulous Jill Archer for the invitation. Her post here: http://jillarcher.com/
And show some love to these other fantastic authors:
The amazing Janice Hardy:
The incredible Lisa Bouchard - http://lisabouchard.com/2012/10/26/the-next-big-thing/
And the fabulous Hannah Jayne – Hannah just had a Catastrophic Computer Failure yesterday (our hearts go out to her) so for now I’m hosting her post on my website – http://www.ahugheswriter.com/next-big-thing-hannah-jayne.html. You can drop by Twitter (@Hannah_Jayne1) to give computer condolences. Haiku is always welcome.