The Next Big Thing

All right, my doves, I was tagged by Moonstonemaiden to do the blog chain “The Next Big Thing,” which allows you to profile your work in progress. So, here goes:

What is the working title of your book?

Where did the idea for the book come from?
I saw a science fiction movie called “Outlander” that involved Vikings. It’s essentially a retelling of Beowulf, in space. One day when I was bored, I wrote a scene inspired by one of the characters from the movie, Wulfric. It sort of snow-balled from there.

What genre does your book fall under?
Two, theoretically. Fantasy and historical fiction.

What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition of your book?
Well. I have a large cast of characters for the book, so I’ll just pick the four primary good guys.

Ingram, my lovely Viking prince and male lead, would be played by Zachary Levi. Not only is he a good fit physically–Ingram is tall and muscular and has dark hair–but I think he would be able to personify the mix of serious and silly that the character exudes.

by Gage Skidmore, 2011 San Diego ComicCon.Source

by Gage Skidmore, 2011 San Diego ComicCon.

Kelda, the heroine of the story, is feisty and vulnerable at the same time. She’s lost part of her memory and requires an actress that can pull off a mix of “I can take care of myself and save all your asses” and “I have no idea who I am.” Dye Michelle Trachtenburg’s hair strawberry blonde, and it’s a perfect fit. Plus, her face looks the way I think Kelda’s would look. Oh, and here’s a better picture of Michelle I was afraid to post because of copyright stuff.

Astrid is Kelda’s mentor, a healer and slightly magical woman. Wise, kind, has an irritating tendency to be right all the time, and is loveably ornery. It was a tough call on which actress to pick. There are so many fabulous older actresses that could pull this off. But after much deliberation, I went with Helen Mirren.

by Caroline Bonarde Ucci, at the Orange British Film Academy Awards, 2007.Source:

by Caroline Bonarde Ucci, at the Orange British Film Academy Awards, 2007.

Lothor, Ingram’s best friend and second in command, is a classic joker. Everything is funny. He’s all red hair and big smiles. But, when the going gets tough, he pulls out a battle-axe and turns into a full on berserker. The actor that jumped out as being able to portray this mix of funny and batshit crazy is Bradley Cooper. Plus, he has to be roughly the same size as Ingram, if not slightly larger. I think Bradley would look good with the red hair, don’t you?

by David Shankbone, at the Tribeca Film Festival 2009.Source:

by David Shankbone, at the Tribeca Film Festival 2009.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Y’all just plain nuts if you think I can sum this up in one sentence now. That comes later. For now, I’ll just throw this out: Memories come at a price, and a zombie king is waiting to make your change.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I wanted to experiment with self-publication on this book, but if at the end of editing I feel an agent might pick it up, I’ll send it our for consideration.

How long did it take to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About three months–which is some sort of land speed record for me.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I have no clue. Maybe my future beta readers will be able to make a comparison. Speaking of which, any volunteers?

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The character of Wulfric in “Outlander.” And maybe the desire to fantasize about various actors as Vikings. Maybe.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Action! Adventure! Drinking games! And, of course, draugar, the Norse zombies. They have magical powers. And eat flesh.

Now I have to tag other people to keep this thing going. The next victims: Christina Lay, of Nutshells & Mosquito Wings and John K. Patterson at the blog of the same name. Good blogs, great writers.


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