It’s been an exciting writing weekend with two writerly-blog awards coming my way.
THE NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP.
Thanks to EM Castellan and Aimee L. Salter for nominating me for the Next Big Thing Blog Hop – I appreciate the vote of confidence. This is the second time I’ve received this nomination, so if you want to check out the embryonic history of The Fall of the Kings you can here. However since I’ve decided to finish a different novel for NaNoWriMo I’ll give you a sneak peak into that instead:
What is the working title of your book?
The Legend of the Kings. Yes there is an obvious similiarity to The Fall of the Kings, but Legend was actually around first.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I was doing a writing course and had to write a children’s story. What resulted was a story about twins who find and rescue a baby dragon. My tutor asked the question – what motivated them to rescue it? It was one of those questions that never quite left me.
I didn’t think I’d do any more with the story until we were on a 10 hour drive from Auckland to Wellington one hot summer day listening to Brian Adams. Suddenly I had the idea of a grown up Roan (one of the twins) having a very different encounter with a dragon. From there a whole world grew…
What genre does your book fall under?
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When Roan Carter slays one of the dragons plaguing Gaelladorn, he unwittingly unleashes a devastating force set on destroying him and everything he holds dear – including the Kingdom itself.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I asked my friends to help me with this (because casting isn’t something that comes naturally to me) and one of my girlfriends said she was too scared to suggest anyone because I was so particular about my characters… ouch! (But sadly true *hangs head*). Can I just say I don’t have a dream-cast list yet?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’m hoping for an agency, but am open to the possibility of self-publishing too if I can do it to a high standard!
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
This is the part where I want to weep. I’ve already written at least 50,000 words during NaNo 2010, but for the past year I’ve been working on a different project. I’d say at least 3 years so far…
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
This is a tough one. I see it as a grown-up Eragon, where the dragons are the bad guys.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s a book about dragons and heroes and things not always being what they seem, and how sometimes pure determination can pay off despite the odds. Lets just say I loved writing this one.
A big thank you to E.M.Castellan and Aimee L. Salter for giving me an opportunity to share!
THE LIEBSTER AWARD.
The second shout-out was from fellow epic fantasy writer Mara Valderran who passed on the Liebster Award, for someone with a blog following of less than 200. Thanks Mara! The idea is answer the 11 questions given to you and then to compose 11 more for 11 more people. So here are 11 insights into my psyche…
1. What is your favorite flower?
A host of golden daffodils…
What’s not to love about those cheerful little heralds of spring!
2. What is your motto?
Just keep swimming. (Dory, from Finding Nemo).
Not deep, but very true. On a more foundational level:
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philipians 4:13)
3. Tell us three things about a favorite character you’ve created.
One of my favourite characters is Matthew O’Dell. On one particularly hot day he went swimming ‘au naturale’ in a secluded part of the lake at the Sanctuary, and then Tobias turned up with a group of old ladies… He was the only novice asked to do his ‘service’ travelling around Gaelladorn (because he caused so much havoc at the Sanctuary). Every time he returns to his home at the Hamlet he spends most of his time with his best friend Magda, although he can never figure out why someone as lovely as she never married…
4. Which author influences you most as a writer, and in what way?
If I had to pick only one I’d say C.S. Lewis (although Tolkien is a close second). Although I love the Narnia Chronicles, Lewis wrote widely in other genres too. His writing explored many elements of his faith, without losing his sense of story and wonder. I try to do this in my own writing. Often times my characters are dealing with questions, or attitudes I’m trying to figure out in my own life – but in larger than life, fantastical ways.
5. Who was your favorite actor or actress when you were growing up?
Actor: Harrison Ford. Han Solo and Indiana Jones – what’s not to like.
Actress: Aylssa Milano in Whos the Boss. Boy that seems like a long time ago now.
6. Lake or ocean, and why?
Ocean. Maybe because we live by the beach and I love its power and many changing faces. Saying that I’m a bit wussy and prefer to swim in a pool…
7. When you get writer’s block, doing this helps. (If you never get writer’s block I’m blowing raspberries at you).
When I’m stuck in a rut there is no point trying to push through. I either write something completely different or put it down and doing something else. I think the only reason I was able to complete NaNo was because I was writing in 2 POVs. When I got stuck or bored with one, I’d flick over to the other.
8. What movie scared you (and maybe scarred you)?
We used to get Sunday Horrors on late TV when I was a teenager. One time I was staying at a friend’s house when her parents were away and we watched a movie about the Moana Cult – which was an occultish offering about a ‘goddess’ who stole the youth of young girls, leaving them in old ladies bodies. It totally terrified me and to this day I can’t (and won’t) watch anything that is overtly occultish (seances, demons, possession).
9. What is something you regret? (no need to get too personal)
Spending so much time worrying what others thought about me when I was younger – I could have saved myself a whole lot of heartache. A wiser person than me once summed it up beautifully:
When you’re in your 20s you worry what others think about you. When you’re in your 40s you don’t care what others think about you. When you’re in your 60s you realise no one was thinking about you in the first place…
10. What was the first thing you remember writing?
‘This is Raewyn’s pie.’ I got to go to the principal’s office (in a good way). My first polished story (for competition) was called A Place of Safety – about a girl who tried (in vain) to hide from the world.
11. What is your favourite television show that was cancelled before its time/too soon?
Has anyone who answered this question ever not said Firefly. Seriously what was that studio thinking…
So my 11 questions:
1. What was the weirdest thing you wanted to be when you were a child?
2. What is your favourite sandwich filling?
3. Who, in your opinion, is the most memorable villain of all time?
4. What was the weirdest thing you ever saw a kid do at school?
5. What is your favourite colour and why?
6. Has a place ever inspired you to write a story?
7. Dogs or Cats?
8. Do you have any embarrassing writing stories you’d be willing to share?
9. Has a character ever taken over one of your stories in an unexpected way?
10. Who are your writing heroes?
11. Can you remember the first time you saw Star Wars. (Have you seen Star Wars???)
I’d like to nominate the following for both awards (feel free to accept both, one or none at all – this is really a token of appreciation):
Katherine Amabel (I know you already have the Liebster…)
S C Harrison – Because I loved Revive and it truly is a Next Big Thing!
Best of luck and thanks for sticking through what must be my longest blog-post to date. Feel free to weigh in on any of the questions in the comments!