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The Next Big Thing

Boy that sounds very full of myself, doesn’t it?  Perhaps it refers to the meme cycle itself, a wonderful blog roll of the best writers you’ve never heard of (or maybe you have.)

I was tagged by the most fabulously talented Sandra Odell, Clarion West 2010 classmate and awesome author, to be part of this.  Let me to tell you about my current work-in-progress.

1) What is the working title of your book?
The current working title is STREET SIGNS.  It’s also been called “Lady California,” “Venice is Burning,” and “that f&cking book.”

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
My dear Jim often quizzed me about California and he was especially fond of the name “Alondra.”  My internet searches turned up a fascinating and gawd-awful novel (satirized by Cervantes, even) about a group of Amazons “rescued” by a conquistador who fell in love with their leader, Lady California, and brought her and her Amazons to Spain to fight the Moors.

3) What genre does your book fall under?
Genre?  Shall I be defined by genre??  I laugh in the face of your “genre” labels!  (Trans. “I have no idea.”)

4) Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Whoopie Goldberg as Lady Califa.  Her niece, Alondra, should be played by Dakota Fanning.  And the love interest has to be Russell Crowe.  Or maybe Aaron Eckhard.  Whoever could pull off the better werewolf.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
She thought she’d saved the world in 1503.  500 years, an ocean and a continent away, she has to do it again.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It’ll probably end up in a drawer somewhere, after touring the best novel slush piles.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Time will tell.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches and Jim Butcher’s Dresden books.

9) Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Jim and Don Quixote.  And a funny house in Venice, California, which is covered with bronze statuettes.

10) What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

What: Amazons, animate bronze statues, animate street signs, Whoopi Goldberg, and werewolves aren’t enough?
Are talents nature or nurture? How do you decide what’s evil and what is not? And when is it right to intervene?

I’m hoping that these wonderful authors will participate by posting answers to THE NEXT BIG THING by next Thursday January 3:

Kim Vandervort

Tina Connolly

Sophy Zs Adani

Brian Rathbone