Now before you think me vain or a little soft in the head, let me explain that this is the title of a blog hop/chain/meme/I-don’t-know-what-it’s-called.Â A member from the Words Are In Order (WAIOs) writing group, Ivan EwertÂ tagged me for it.Â At the same time I think he got Anthony Cardno.Â We can blame Ivan’s conversaion from Shay Derrach who also gotÂ Kay Holt and Sabrina Vourvoulias.
This blog hop/chain/meme/I-don’t-know-what-it’s-called looked like aÂ great little Q & A about my current Work In Progress soÂ how could I resist? Of course, this was supposed to go up on May 30th and as usual, I’m late – June 1st. 🙂 Â But it was still fun to do.Â It holds me accountable for my own project and of course gives you a bit of an idea of where the story came from. I hope youâ€™ll be as entertained reading it as I was writing it.
1.Â What is the working title of your next book?
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
Originally, this started as a joke. A good friend and amazing writer had just started as a slush reader for Beneath Ceaseless Skies. I threatened to send her an AWFUL submission with a ridiculous storyline and to do it under the questionable moniker of Brownlee Mummerschmidt. Â It would be steampunk/alternate history set in the Old West.
It was to be a trail drive story, only with passenger pigeons instead of cattle and airships instead of horses. Â 🙂 The closest way to describe it is a steampunk version of Lonesome Dove (and for those of you who havenâ€™t read this, it is AMAZING). So I began writing, and then the most wonderful thing happened.Â About fifty thousand words later, that idea didnâ€™t sound quite so stupid; and a couple of spin-off short stories with the same characters later, suddenly people are asking when the novel will be out.Â Yikes! This was supposed to have been a joke!
3. What genre does your book fall under?
This WIP clearly falls into the Steampunk/Weird West subgenre (is that a subgenre?). It reads like a western, but with fun technology.
4. What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Hmm, I need to watch more television.Â Iâ€™ll have to come back to this question later. (Can I do that?)
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? (Okay, I cheated.Â I used 2 sentences)
Pigeonfall – After the Civil War, two veterans are trying to herd a flock of a billion pigeons across the Great Sioux Confederacy to California Territory.Â Aloft in giant airships and Iron Flyers, one is a battered and broken knight seeking redemption for the many deaths caused by his hand; the other is a young knight-errant, seeking his destiny.
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I would like to query agents and publishers first, most likely traditional, and then independent and small publishers.Â If it never sells, I shall be very sad (and then may self-publish).Â
7. How long did/will it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Iâ€™m still working on it.Â As mentioned earlier, Iâ€™m about fifty thousand words in and have ground to a screeching halt.Â My not-so-secret goal is to complete a â€œzero draftâ€ all the way to the final â€œThe Endâ€ by December 31, 2013.Â It is possible.Â Not likely, but possible.Â I keep reminding myself that I made a commitment.Â The N-word (no, not THAT one, I mean “novel”) is a little intimidating.Â
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I have to admit my inspirations tend to come from reading history.Â This book, as mentioned earlier, began as a joke. Then Iâ€™d discover I needed to learn more about airships, and then about passenger pigeons, and then the layout of Fort Laramie in the 1800s, and the â€œandsâ€ just kept on coming. I found more fascinating tidbits to include in the story, in the characterâ€™s backgrounds, and in the world.Â
10. What else about the book might pique the readerâ€™s interest?
There are some great female characters who are strong women without seeming out of place for the time period.Â I also love putting inÂ professional or historic phrasing and terminology here and there, or a location or person that if you know your history, it’ll be a bit of extra fun.
Now for the last part of this blog hop/chain/meme/I-don’t-know-what-it’s-called, tagging other writers. For the Next Big Thing, I choose:
Nothing yet.Â 🙂
Posted on June 6 – http://www.dlthurston.com/blog/2013/06/06/the-next-big-thing-blog-hop/