Help! I’ve been tagged! Kari Gregg‘s new release, I Don’t: A Christmas Wish, looks pretty incredible. (Hurray for Maryland’s Question 6! That’s my state! Woohoo! Go Equality!) I might have just gone out and bought myself a copy. Happy early Christmas to me, I think.
Right! So the Next Big Thing blog hop is all about talking about works in progress, and I’ve got three. I’ve gone through intense knock-out rounds of eenie-meenie-miney-mo and Blessed Curses has come out victorious.
1. What is the working title of your book? Blessed Curses. As of right now, anyway.
2. Where did the idea come from for the book? I wanted to work with sorcerers–they’re such interesting folk, who wouldn’t?–and I love the idea of blessings and curses all intermixed and warped and impossible to pry away from each other. One character (Daniel) is cursed but is very good at working blessings, and the other (Vaughn) is blessed but solves curses for a living.
3. What is the genre of the book? MM Paranormal Romance. For now. I’m sure it could swing into horror story territory, if I don’t reign myself in properly.
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? This isn’t something I’ve considered before, and I think I might need a time machine to make it work. I’d have to go with the Chris Colfer of five years in the future as Daniel. Vaughn is a bit more difficult–I have a very clear picture of him, and I have yet to see an actor that could capture him well. Maybe Will Smith from about the time Men In Black 2 came out. Yum.
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Daniel’s curse makes everyone around him uncomfortable, and Vaughn–curse-breaker, man-slut, and a part of the magical law enforcement–loves a good challenge.
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency/publisher? A publisher. I hope. I’m still working on that one.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? A month and a half, or thereabouts.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I’m not actually sure. I tend to stay away from reading anything remotely similar to what I’m writing when my stories are still in development. I might be able to answer this one after it gets published and I start letting myself read paranormal m/m fiction again. God, I can’t wait. I’m drooling already.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book? This summer I went to a wedding in New Hampshire, where everything was done in hot pink. (Yikes.) I got hit on by a very precocious eleven-year-old and had a fish forced upon me. (That poor fish had to undergo seven hours of I-95 to get back home.) I also got to watch a rather desperate guy hit on everyone in sight. (Highly entertaining, especially as he got shot down pretty much continually.) I thought it’d be a great backdrop for David and Vaughn’s first meeting and I started writing the first draft on the way home.
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Um, Vaughn the man-slut finally has to work for it? They live happily ever after? I haven’t killed anyone off, as of the third draft?