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Welp, I had meant to do this oh…LAST WEEK, but…didn’t. Soreness and twitchy lungs from a combination of shoveling over a foot of snow and accidental allergy exposure will do that to a person.

Sorry. Epic failure there.

I was tagged by the lovely and talented Shannon Connor Winwardto take part in this blog hop, and I thank her mightily!
1. What is the working title of your book?
Survival’s Flame – first book of the Nameless Souls series
2. Where did the idea for your book come from?
I’ve been a long time sci-fi/fantasy fan, and the idea of alternate realities has always fascinated me. When I discovered the concept of string theory and scientific theory of multiple universes, I fell in love.
The main character has been running around in my head for a long time and I’ve wanted to get her origins written down, so NaNoWriMo seemed like a good time to get started. I suppose a combination of science, fiction, spiritual theories and procrastination?
3. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
An unsuspecting teen is ripped from her high school and dumped in a world at war, given a mystical blade and must master the five basic elements for any hope of returning home.
4. What genre does your book fall under?
5. What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
For Diana: Curl her hair, give her green contacts and Christina Hendricks would be a good match
For Callantris: This is gonna be an expensive film. Morgan Freeman would be a pretty good fit for Di’s mentor in this book.
For Tamarix: Keith Hamilton Cobb fits the look I have in mind for the leader of the rag-tag group featured in the book.
For Carissa: Julia Jones is a pretty good fit for the healer.
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Hopefully represented by an agency, but I don’t know enough about self publishing at this point to see which is better.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Going on two months…I’m not quite done yet. Hoping to finish the first draft by the end of the month, and then do edits/whatnot.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
In some ways, it’s similar to Snow Crash, by Neil Stephenson, in the overall feel of the world it takes place in. It’s a little closer to the His Dark Materials trilogy, by Phillip Pullman.
All awesome books. I highly suggest them.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Science and various spiritual theories.
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
As I’d mentioned before, there’s also some elements in the story that have spiritual roots. Reincarnation, soul groups and an adaptation of the Chinese elemental system are all there. Plus, there’re swords. And explosions. And deep questions about life.
Oh, and another reason why I took so long to do this? I couldn’t find a single person with interest who also had a blog and a WIP.
So, I’d like to tag interested parties, but apparently there isn’t any from people I know who meet the two criteria. If anyone who’s reading this would like me to tag them, comment on the entry or e-mail me, and we can chat about it.
The next entry will be back to the regular schedule!

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