In the “Next Big Thing” blogging meme, an author answers ten set interview questions and then tags five more people to do the same. Here’s my contribution.
1. What is the working title of your next book?
The Blue Caravan
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
This is a sequel to my novel, Emily’s Shadow.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
Mixed genre: supernatural, mystical, historical
4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
For Emily, I’d like Keira Knightley; for Merlin, how about Bill Clinton–he’s adaptable. I googled up and coming actors for the rest. Peter: Jay Baruchel; Fawn: Lizzy Caplan; Bernard: Emile Hirsch
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Something supernatural is about to wake up mystical abilities Emily would much rather bury.
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It’s under contract with Double Dragon Publishing.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript? I’d begun it some time ago, and had about 40 pages written, but when I settled down to complete it, after a lot of rewriting and rethinking, it took about a year.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Some Cost a Passing Bell by Lee Barwood which is about a young girl with strange psychic abilities.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book? An interest in mysticism, Merlin, and Rom.
10. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
Emily can see Merlin when no one else can. He wants her to help Fawn, but Emily wants nothing to do with her supernatural powers. Also, there’s a scene at the Holy Ghost Ruins:
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Read Geoff Nelder’s–author of Aria, Left Luggage–answers: http://www.christinastclair.com/blog_tours
Geoff has a wife, two grown-up kids, an increasing number of grandkids, and lives in rural England within an easy cycle ride of the Welsh mountains. He taught Geography and Information Technology for years until writing took over his life. Geoff is a competition short-fiction judge, and a freelance editor.
Publications include several non-fiction books on climate reflecting his other persona as a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society; over 50 published short stories in various magazines and anthologies; thriller, humour, science fiction, and fantasy novels.
2005: Humorous thriller Escaping Reality. Republished 2013.
2008: Award-winning science fiction mystery with hot-blooded heroine, Exit, Pursued by a Bee.
2010: Another thriller received an Award d’Or from an Arts Academy in the Netherlands. Hot Air. republished in 2012.
2012: ARIA: Left Luggage science fiction apocalypse.
Geoff’s website: geoffnelder.com