Be Inspired Blog Hop

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I’ve been tagged by Bullish Ink to participate in the Be Inspired Blog Hop by Vicky Orians. I’m a little late to the party on this one, but I hope you’ll enjoy reading anyway. Here are the rules:

1. Answer the following ten questions about a book you’re working on or have completed.

2. Tag five other writers, making sure you put links in your blog post so we can all hop over and see their answers.

3. Thank the writer who tagged you. (Thank you, Ruth!)

I’m going to pass on tagging five other writers, because I think the writers I most want to hear from have already participated. That, and I feel a bit like I’m coming in with the appetizers after the party’s broken up and everyone’s gone home.

The questions:

1. What is the title of your book?


2. Where did you get the idea for the book?

I was on a heist-movie kick (Ocean’s Eleven and the like), and I wanted to write a “fantasy heist” novel. That isn’t really the novel I ended up writing, but that was the seed of the idea. The good news is, I can still use that “heist” angle in the future, although I’m not sure I actually ever will.

3. What genre would your book fall under?

Fantasy. Or sword-and-sorcery, if you like.

4. Who would you choose to play your character(s) in a movie rendition?

Story – Emmy Rossum. She does “scruffy” very well. She also does “fearless” quite well, and I think she’d convey Story’s boldness.
Mar Dunnac – Temuera Morrison. He needs more ass-kicking roles, and Dunnac’s a mercenary soldier.
Wrynn – Martin Freeman. I’d watch him read the phone book, and I think he’d fit Wrynn’s intelligent but slightly hapless nature very well.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Oh gosh. I’m terrible at these, I’m afraid.

In a city ruled by unstable magic, six rivals struggle over an artifact that could shift the balance of power — not just in the city, but the world.

6. Is your book published or represented?

Nothing’s signed yet, but I’ve had an offer.

7. How long did it take you to write?

A month for the rough draft, several more months for the edits.

8.What other books within your genre would you compare it to?

That’s a tough one. Probably Matthew Stover’s Heroes Die or Blade of Tyshalle. Maybe the Mistborn books, although I’ve only read the first one.

9. Which authors inspired you to write this book?

Again, I’d probably have to say Matthew Stover. I think he’s a criminally underrated writer. He’s done some of the most hard-bitten, fast-paced fantasy out there, and I wish his books were more widely read. Also, Glen Cook. The Black Company series informed a lot of Orison‘s voice.

10.Tell us anything else that might pique our interest in your book.

While Orison started out as a “heist” story, it eventually became about power — what it does to people, and how different personalities handle the ability to change the world around them. I think I’ve created six distinct, colorful characters and I had a wonderful time setting them into conflict with one another.

Oh, and the book has a female protagonist who doesn’t wear scanty clothing, doesn’t get captured, doesn’t fall in love, doesn’t get rescued by a man, Because I think we need more of that sort of thing.

Enhanced by ZemantaThanks again for the opportunity, Ruth!