Next Big Thing Blog Hop

It seems I’ve been tagged again! My dear Peter Dawes has invited me to participate in this fun bit of self-promotion for writers. Dawes’ own work in progress, a  detour off his Vampire Flynn series (highly recommended), centers around a seer called Julian, and sounds pretty badass.

On second thoughts, don’t click that link, or else I fear mine may pale in comparison. Or at least, click it after reading mine. Yeep.


What is your working title of your book?
At present, I’m calling it The Sparrow’s Fall, but I’ve almost settled on the final title – tricky, since it has to fit in with titles for a number of other books in its subseries. The subseries title is currently The Books of Lost Knowledge: Books of the Veil, but it will ultimately be shorter and less repetitive.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I wanted to go somewhere different with the vampire genre. TSF is not about vampires falling in love with humans, vampires seducing humans, vampires going through an existential crisis, vampires killing things or being political or having their own civil rights movement. TSF is about a weak and flawed individual struggling to find the strength to cope with his own outrageously bad fortune. The fact that people assume he should be strong and ruthless only makes that harder.
Of course, I haven’t read everything in the genre, so I don’t know whether something like this has been done before, but I know it hasn’t been done in the big time, so I think I’ve effectively escaped being compared to Twilight or True Blood or the Vampire Diaries. I just wanted to shift away from the idea of vampires being inextricably tied to dangerous sex.

What genre does your book fall under?
Paranormal or urban fantasy, though it does contain elements of horror.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Oh, hell. It’s hard to find a good match for some of them, though I’ve had others in mind for years.

Lenny, my protagonist, absolutely must be Pawel Szajda. (Lenny is also known as Hugo, for anyone who has read In the Shadow of the Mountains.) Though I have to admit, that choice might have been influenced by the fact that the first time I saw him was in Venom, and he was being torn limb from limb by a Cajun voodoo snake zombie. Torture! I was reintroduced to his work via my Andrzej Wajda kick a few years back, and loved him to pieces in Tatarak.

Sebastian, the villain, is a little bit trickier, but I can see him as Miguel Angel Silvestre. (Also shows up in Shadow of the Mountains.)

I hadn’t put much thought into casting Kim, but if someone pinned me down and demanded to know right now, I’d say Jewel Staite. I’m really only familiar with her work in her capacity as bouncy Firefly mechanic, but I can easily see her as a bouncy research assistant wizardlette.

Zebedee and Deaf Coyote would have to be Mackenzie Crook and Patrick Stewart, respectively. Crook because it’s awesome when Englishmen play surly cowboys, and Stewart because you have to have a sense of humor to play some guy pretending to be a Native American shaman. Also because Patrick Stewart in a long wig.

Daniel is almost impossible. In my head, he is kind of a mashup of Jeremy Brett, Jack Davenport, Liam Neeson, and Richard Armitage, doing Billy Connolly’s voice. If it ever did come to filming this, I’d probably drive a casting director to the brink of homicide.

(Also, I’m not real clear on the laws governing the use of publicity photos for the purpose of slingshoting folks back to an IMDB page, so I hope just linking back works okay. If someone knows how this stuff works, do let me know so I can leave them up or take them down as needed.)

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A shy physics teacher is tormented into insanity by a sadistic vampire with abnormal hypnotic abilities.
(Book one of several, thank heavens, or that would be one sucky plotline.)

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Self-published. While there’s still quite a market for vampire fiction, the fad is old news, and agents seem more interested in finding whatever comes next.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Still working on it. I’d say I’m about a fourth of the way through, but I hope to have it done within the next month. Onward, Sancho Panza!

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I’m not sure I would. Poor Lenny isn’t the usual sort of hero.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
All of this was actually supposed to be backstory, with some of it going on in the margins of other plots. Full blame for the actual writing of it goes to my friend Maddie, who has alternately used Lenny as a teddy bear and punching bag in the roleplays we’ve conducted.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Squishy vampire who sees ghosts? Bouncy wizardlette? Immortal cowboy? Fake shaman?
… Psychological torture?
Or is all this just driving people away?

I’m afraid I haven’t been in the blogging scene long enough to know five more blogging novelists.

Thus, I will chuck it at:

Renee Melton
Jodi Lamm
The Aforementioned Maddie

(Also cross-posted to Books of Lost Knowledge, because it was relevant.)


9 thoughts on “Next Big Thing Blog Hop

  1. Hm. I was about to sugest Benedict Cumberbatch as Daniel Leland, but nah. Personality-wise he’d probably pull it off but he’s too young and… well, he’s not got the right looks for it. That being said, he’s GOT to be Joe Zabbidou in the Black Book of Secrets if they ever make a movie out of it. I just can’t see anyone else in that role.

    And don’t worry! I’m not scared away!
    Though… I’m not a good representative of the normal teen. At. All.

    • Actually, I think Cumberbatch could work very well. >3> He doesn’t have the EXACT look, but actors rarely do, and clearly my ideas for Daniel aren’t easy to hit. It’s more important that he get the personality down, and I think he could do that very well. Just stick him in tweed and glasses and slick his hair back, and I think we’ve got a decent match. xD

      I know you’re not a normal teen. Keep it up. Normal is boring. ❤

      • He’s wonderful as Sherlock and I can’t wait to hear his voice as Smaug, so seeing him as an old and… well… friendly-but-still-dangerous vampire professor isn’t that hard.

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