The Next Big Thing

Last week I was tagged by the lovely, marvellous Gayle Ramage.

What is the working title of your book?

The title is The Brinded Cat. It follows on from another short story I published this summer called Foul is Fair. They are both  lines from Macbeth.

Where did the idea for the book come from?

It started, like many of mine do, with an image of a scene. Often it is the opening scene. I had to push it back a bit in The Brinded Cat to explain what Sam (the main character) was doing rescuing a witch’s familiar from a tree.

What genre does your book fall under?

Urban fantasy.

What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie adaptation?

That’s tough as I don’t base them on famous people. My characters are often a bit of many people I have come across. But I think Carey Mulligan could play Sam though and Colm Meaney would make a good Fin.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

While rescuing a witch’s familiar, Sam finds her charge is more than an average kitty and risks both her freedom and her life fleeing across London with the witch hunters in hot pursuit.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

This one will be self-published. I promised it to some readers who enjoyed my last Sam story so I will try and make it available as a free download.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Altogether not long. It is only a short story at approx 10k words (it is in editing so this may change), so perhaps three weeks. But I had to drop this project to revise a novel for a submission call that came up, so that delayed it a bit. I am currently doing NaNoWriMo so that is pushing it’s publication back. But it will be out soon.

What other books would you compare this to within your genre?

Someone, very kindly, compared the short before this to Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series. I have to say it is VERY different. It is set in London for one thing (there are British spellings too), Sam works in insurance claims and there are no killer tomatoes *grin*

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Well when some readers emailed me to say they enjoyed Foul is Fair and they wanted to read more, I felt I ought to write this for them.

What about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

I imagine it would be the hawt witch hunters chasing down our girl!  Seriously though this is very much an urban fantasy story – not a parnormal romance. It is full of action and amusement – I really hope the readers enjoy it 😀

Thank you all for reading and joining me 😀 Next in this game I shall tag the super-duper J.C Cassels for The Next Big Thing.