Well, if anyone is reading blogs today, I hope you’ll find this a relaxing break. Last week I was tagged by Luciana of Eternal Atlantis in the Next Big Thing Blog Tour. If you haven’t yet stopped by her blog, please take a few minutes to do so. I’ll wait.
You’re back? Yay! Without further ado, here are the interview questions.
1) What is the working title of your book?
Death Out of Time
2) Where did the idea come from for your book?
A few years ago, I watched a TV program on “mysteries” at the Smithsonian Museum. One segment was about a naturally formed mummy from the 1700s, in Pennsylvania as I remember. Researchers couldn’t find him in any records from the time (there was a name on the headstone and dates). Also, 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.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
Undoubtedly science fiction because of the time travel. There’s also a strong mystery element in the book.
4) Which actors would you choose to play in your movie rendition?
No one who’s well known. I give basic descriptions in the book, but you have the opportunity 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 the one sentence synopsis of your book?
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?
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
A part of me still wants to try the traditional agent/press route. But every day, I seem to be leaning more to self-publishing. The passes on my previous manuscript, the difficulty in finding good representation, and the lack of real marketing support (or royalties) from publishers are pushing me to the indie route.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I didn’t start this book until late spring/early summer 2009. I’m working on the final major overhaul before moving to “grinding and polishing.” So more than 3.5 years so far. A lot of that time, though, was spent with the other WIP, and I can only write part-time.
8) What other books would you compare this story to?
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) Who or what inspired you to write the book?
There weren’t any conscious influences. Subconsciously? Probably every author I’ve read—Isaac Asimov, Clifford Simak, Ursula Le Guin, to name a few.
10) What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
This is a book that focuses on a good story and engaging characters over futuristic tech. And despite my personal pessimism regarding the future of civilization, I think the book is optimistic about the changes that can arise from global difficulties.
I’m tagging the following writers. I hope they’ll join in and you can stop by their blogs to read their interviews on January 3, 2013. Given the holidays, though, this tour could be winding down.