The Next Big Thing

Jace Daniel, the author of Under Angels, invited me to participate in a meme-style round-up called The Next Big Thing. Writers answer ten questions about a Work In Progress and then invite five other writers. Be sure to check out his take on The Next Big Thing!
Thanks, Jace!

What is the working title of your book?


Where did the idea come from for the book?

I was coerced challenged by my friend, Holly Jahangiri to try to write a Hugo-worthy story. I was riffling through a Penny Press Variety Puzzle Magazine, imagining that the puzzles were secret messages requesting help. I just ran wild with it.

What genre does your book fall under?

Whimsical fantasy with a touch of madness. Or whatever you call the stuff that Lewis Carroll wrote.

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

Seriously? I’d like a whole bunch of unknown Canadians to make a movie from my story. I love the quality of movies and television shows coming out of Canada, United Kingdom, Korea and Australia. Personally, I’m bothered by the larger-than-life quality of move stars. Except, I would want Sandra Bullock to do something. I love Sandra Bullock. If she teamed up with the Canadians, that would be fun.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A young girl stumbles into a fantasy world of puzzle magazine publishers, where she has a chance to solve the riddle of the Evil Editor and restore the rightful rulers to the throne.

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

I’ll probably just give it away, seeing as it’s already published as a series of blog posts. I learned something about myself: I’m a hobbyist. I really just like making up half a story and having fun telling it. I have no real burning desire to be an author, beyond pure vanity and accolades…

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

I suppose the post dates on the blog would answer that: I started this journey in January, 2012. I’d better hurry up if I’m going to finish this first draft before 2013.

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

Nobody puts out anything this bad. I only mentioned Lewis Carroll to state the obvious.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Holly was the catalyst but, after reading Marian Allen’s Force of Habit, I knew I had not one but two worthy opponents. I had to step up my game, so to speak.

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

The Easter Egg comes to a Novelette Near You! I’ve hidden a few cool references in the story. Well, they seemed cool to me when I added them at 2 a.m. Just forget it, there’s nothing there. Just a mad undertaking to work some puzzles into a storyline.

Pay attention to the palindromes, though.

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9 Responses to “The Next Big Thing”

  1. “Pay attention to the palindromes” sounds…ominous. Makes me laugh, though, too. You know my friend James David Audlin wrote a novel called “Rats Live on No Evil Star”? (I’m still not sure the entire novel isn’t a palindrome…)

    A toast to your success – and to Marian’s and mine. May the best story win, and give us cause to meet and celebrate in San Antonio! 😉 First round’s on me.
    Holly Jahangiri would be over the moon if you read A Brief History of The DareMy Profile

  2. Liss Thomas says:

    Holly got my fave…but remember, step on no pets
    Love your interview!

  3. Hey! This is fun! I can’t wait to read the book!
    Jennifer Luitwieler would be over the moon if you read Why I Run: Slenderella’s StoryMy Profile

  4. Good deal. I can’t wait to read it either, although my mind is already telling me I’m not gonna get it. lol
    Mitch Mitchell would be over the moon if you read 10 Blog Tips In 2 MinutesMy Profile

  5. Mitchell Allen

    Mitch, I’m not sure *I* get it. Somewhere inside my head, a really weird tale is struggling to get out. This novelette is sort of like the painful exercise one goes through in trying to explain a colorful dream before the details fade in the harsh light of morning…

    I think this is why it has taken nearly a year to complete. 🙂


    Mitchell Allen would be over the moon if you read Sisterhood of the VoidMy Profile

  6. Techallianz says:

    Deciding one-sentence synopsis of book is really a hard thing for me it confuses me several times.
    Techallianz would be over the moon if you read The HP Envy X2 laptopMy Profile


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