The Next Big Thing

This week a change from our scheduled programme. I’ve been tagged by Coreena at  to take part in In The Next Big Thing Blog Hop.

I owe her some thanks and an apology. Due to unforeseen circumstances  most of this week has been spent packing boxes as I need to move house again. Therefore I haven’t managed to track down 5 people to tag in turn.

Eventually, after a deep breath,  my answers are getting posted anyway. Rather then let the blog hop die here I thought I’d see if there are five (or four, or three, or two…) lovely people out there who’d like to answer questions about their own work in progress? If so, leave a link/email address below and I’ll pass on the rules.

This week’s word of the week is therefore, ‘cheat’.


What is the working title of your book?

In the Eye of the Gods

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

Reading too much history and feeling angry on behalf of the little people. And Tibet.

3. What genre does your book fall under

Fantasy adventure

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I’d really like to see Benedict Cumberbatch swagger about as the Captain. And as Emma Watson is hot at the moment it’d be fun to see her play the king’s sister Thorn. She can do the strong but vulnerable thing really well.  And it’d be brilliant to see her get really mentally angry and throw things.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Sun is forced to embark on a journey that will liberate her country but destroy the only home she has left.

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

At the moment, self-published. I’m currently too chicken to query agents.

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

It’s this years NaNo book, so it will be finished on 31st November.  Oh, yes it will.

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

The First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. In my dreams. It won’t be that cynical, smart or gritty, but it’s something to aspire too, right? And, although not a book,  there’s something distinctly Firefly about this story that I can’t seem to shake off.

9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

The guys on Fictionpress who gave good feedback when this was just a collection of short stories.  And Terry Pratchett.  The fact that I spend so much time in front of a computer is so his fault.

10. What else about your book might pique your reader’s interest?

There’s dragons in it. And pirates.


Thanks guys.


Beautiful Blogger Award

Thankyou to Vikki over at The View Outside who nominated me for the above award. The rules are you say seven things about yourself and then pass it on (my nominations are below.)


Six things about writing that I wish I knew ten years ago.

  1. How to justify text or the utmost importance of all those stupid niggly things that I’d rather not do.  These include, following competition rules correctly, learning how to write a synopsis and design a cover.  I hate doing these things, but if you can’t it doesn’t matter how good a writer you think you are.
  2. That I may not be great but I’m not that bad either or you make your own confidence. No one believes in you as much as you, baby. Be aware of your own limitations; just don’t feel you have to share them with everyone else too.
  3. That time is not infinite or get off your arse and write it now. I envy all you twenty somethings out there. Seriously, when I think about all that free time I had at uni when I could have been writing I feel slightly sick.
  4. How to edit myself or less is more.  This mostly refers to my correspondence.  There have been a couple of occasions where over enthusiastic emails have been sent which made me sound like a psychopath.  I’m much more reserved and coherent these days.
  5. How much fun revisions can be or getting lost in the detail. The perfect word is my Holy Grail.  I’m planning to do a proof reading course next year and can’t wait to learn how to use semi-colons efficiently.
  6. Just how much writing means to me or what else can I possibly do with my life? Enough said. I don’t write; I don’t live.


And one thing that I’m glad I didn’t know ten years ago,

  1. That I could self publish on Amazon or a lucky escape. If anyone has seen the stuff on my Fictionpress account you’ll know what I mean. I am not putting a link to FP account here, so don’t even think about it.

And now to pass the love on…

 Bel Anderson Writes

Morgan Le Fables 

The Writer’s Codex

Poppy Writes a Book

I think there is supposed to be seven or more, but I’m in a NaNo flurry at the moment and will update with more later.