Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Next Big Thing

The ever-marvelous Cherie Priest tagged me for The Next Big Thing. 

So here's my big thing.


Where did the idea come from for the book? 
I was watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and listening to the album Like Vines by the Hush Sound, and then one night I had a very vivid dream about waking up naked on a rock in the woods with this fellow in a top hat staring at me. Turns out that's the scene where Tish meets Criminy. The book is heavily influenced by that album, including several key plot points. And Criminy sounds like Spike, if you listen just right.

What genre does your book fall under?
It's billed as Paranormal Romance, but it was originally written as a straight paranormal with the sex scenes added later. That means it's readable for dudes and girls who aren't into bodice rippers, too-- and if I'm signing it, I'm always happy to draw a waistcoat, shirt, and cravat to cover up those pesky nipples.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Criminy would be Johnny Depp as directed by Tim Burton, or maybe Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Tish is harder to pin down, though. Maybe Ashley Green? Tabitha would be Christina Ricci.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
An Atlanta nurse wakes up in an alternate world where most of the animals and half of the humans are blood drinkers; steampunk adventures and sexytimes ensue.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
The Blud series includes three books and three e-novellas, published by Pocket/Simon & Schuster.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The first draft took about a month and a half, but the revisions took FOREVER.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
The Iron Seas by Meljean Brook; The Parasol Protectorate Series by Gail Carriger; The Cherry St. Croix series by Karina Cooper.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
It all came from that one dream. I was obsessed with the guy, who was a circus ringmaster and magician and thief, not your usual alpha male but still dashing, dark, and dangerous.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
The rabbits and horses eat people. The reviews are very generous about the world-building, and the ladies love the Criminy Stain.

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