Dec. 26th, 2012

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Last week Gail Z. Martin ( and L Jagi Lamplighter ( me on their blogs, as part of a chain of authors called THE NEXT BIG THING. Today it's my turn to reciprocate and to pass on the torch. I'm going to answer questions about my new project. Then I'm going to tag five wonderful authors who will tell you about their Next Big Thing.

What is the working title of your next book?
There Was A Crooked Man

Where did the idea come from for the book?
The original germ of the idea came from a character I was playing in a D&D game, but it grew into something concrete when I heard a fairly obscure country song called "A Different Kind of Knight". A verse in that song resonated with me, and vividly defined the character I was writing.

What genre does your book fall under?
It's a fantasy set in the Nebraska Territory during the Reconstruction years. It's not quite steampunk, but it's not quite weird western either. There's a gunslinger and magic and Native Americans and voodoo and elves and electricity...I suppose you could call it westernpunk.

If you found yourself in an elevator with a movie director you admire and had the chance to pitch your book to them, what would you say?
"Please make my book into a movie?????" *laughs* Seriously, I'd probably start with the seven-second pitch - "Saddle up, because there's magic and lost love and more electricity than is good for anyone." If I caught his attention, I'd share a few more details, hoping to spark his interest. And then I'd probably mention that I make awesome cookies and if he decided to make a movie from my book, he'd earn himself a lifetime supply of homemade chocolate chips. You think that'd work?

Every writer dreams of their book being turned in a movie or a TV show like Game of Thrones. If this happened to your work, which actors would you choose to play your characters?
The song I mentioned earlier was written and recorded by actor and singer Christian Kane, and honestly, I could see him playing the lead in "Crooked Man". He's got the right look and he's very talented.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Actually, it isn't finished yet.

What is a one-sentence synopsis of the book?
Sebastien De Vanagale spent fifteen years learning to wield the magical power he never asked to receive and searching for the daughter he lost, but now his past is catching up to him.

And here are the authors I'd like to introduce, and who you can follow when they answer the Next Big Thing questions...

Charlotte Babb, the author of Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil, began writing when she could hold a piece of chalk and scribble her name – although she sometimes mistook “Chocolate” for “Charlotte” on the sign at the drug store ice cream counter.

Tera Fulbright is a short story author whose works can be found in anthologies such as Spells & Swashbucklers and Rum & Runestones. She is currently working on her first novel.

Linda Escalera Price is an award-winning playwright whose work has been produced across the country from LA to off-off-Broadway. She blogs with four other writers (fiction, short fiction, YA and screenwriting) at


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