Recently I was tagged for the Work in Progress Challenge by Jennifer Eaton and Gene3067. My sincere thanks go to both bloggers for including me. If you haven’t yet visited their blogs, please do so. You won’t be disappointed.
Someday, when I’m published, someone might want to interview me. Hey, stranger things have happened, right? And these questions are good practice for that day. So without further ado, here are the questions and my answers.
1. What is the title of your Work In Progress?
I have two novels, Death Out of Time and Summer at the Crossroads. Since “Death” is more traditional time travel/sci-fi, I think it’s more readily marketable as a first novel. I’ll focus on this WIP for these questions. I really like both titles, and if the works see traditional publication, I hope the press agrees.
2. Where did the idea for the WIP come from?
In late 2007 or early 2008, I saw a TV program on “mysteries” at the Smithsonian Museum. One of the segments was about a naturally formed mummy from the 1700s, in Pennsylvania as I remember. When researchers tried to find more information about the individual, they couldn’t. And some of the clothing items in the grave weren’t commonly available in the area until after he died. I thought that would make an interesting idea for a novel. You can see more about my beginnings as a writer and this manuscript with this post.
3. What genre would your WIP fall under?
Since time travel is a major component, I suspect it will get classified as science fiction. But there’s a strong mystery element in the book, and I honestly believe it can appeal to a wider audience.
4. Which actors would you choose to play characters in a movie rendition?
Some who aren’t yet well known. I don’t want to force an image of the characters on my readers. I give some basic descriptions in the book, but you have the leeway to project your own ideas. If it ever hits the big screen, I don’t want to see big names in the starring roles.
5. What is a one-sentence synopsis of your WIP?
Er … I am so not ready for one sentence. Um … What happens when an archaeologist discovers the final resident in her eighteenth-century cemetery is a skeleton with twenty-first-century dental work and artifacts? Is that a start? Or totally lame?
6. Is your WIP published or represented?
Are there established authors taking part in this challenge? Because who else in today’s publishing has representation for a work in progress?! (And by definition, a WIP wouldn’t be published.)
7. How long did it take you to write?
I didn’t start writing it until late spring/early summer 2009. Some of my beta readers tell me I have one more draft before moving to “grinding and polishing.” So more than 3.5 years so far…. But much of that time was spent with the other WIP, and I can only write part-time.
8. What other WIP’s in your genre would you compare it to?
I think this question should ask for a comparison to published works. I asked a few readers if they could do this because I can’t come up with any. I honestly don’t think it reads like any sci-fi/time travel stories that I know. I hope that’s a good thing. So far, no one else has come up with a comparison, either.
9. Which authors inspired you to write this WIP?
I can’t say there were any conscious influences. I’ve never read a book and said, “Oh, I want to write something like that. I think I will.” Subconsciously? Probably every author I’ve read has had some influence on me—Isaac Asimov, Clifford Simak, Ursula Le Guin, just to name a few from the science fiction shelves.
10. Tell us anything else that might pique our interest about this WIP.
If you enjoy science fiction/time travel books that emphasize a good story and engaging characters over futuristic tech, Death Out of Time could be for you.
11. Finally: Tag three other Authors and ask them to complete the above interview.
When I was caught in another “tagged” game, I wrote a series of interview questions for fellow writers. So I don’t think I should hit any of them again. But here are three who eluded me then, so I’ll get them this time. They are, of course, under no obligation to play.
This concludes our interview, and I hope you have a wonderful day. Until next time!