The Next Big Thing? What’s that, you ask?
It could be a million things, but in this case it’s a whole bunch of writers inviting each other to talk about our own Next Big Projects. My friend Melissa Yuan-Innes, who I’ve know since we bonded at Writers of the Future a while back, tagged me as part of this week’s installments. Thanks, Melissa!
Here’s my offering – work in progress Demon City.
1) What is the working title of your next book?
Demon City, which is a sequel to my young adult fantasy novel Hunt. It’s written under my pen name for young adult fiction, Claire Crow.
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
From a writing assignment at a workshop on the Oregon Coast. During a week-long mystery writing intensive, we wrote short fiction and proposals (the first three chapters and a synopsis of a novel). Now, Demon City isn’t a mystery per se. But it’s got mystery elements. To be specific, it’s a young adult fantasy noir.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
Oops. Already answered that. See #2.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I haven’t thought about this sort of thing at all. I mean at. all. But now that I’m asked to … Nicholas Hoult, who rocked in X-Men: First Class, would be fabulous as Rudolph “Rude” Diamond Davies III, way too cool for school class clown and apprentice Faery Seer. Josh Hutcherson for Kevin. I loved him in The Hunger Games and The Kids are All Right, and he would be perfect for Kevin’s every-guy-with-Faery-connections thing. Kristin Stewart for Simone. I’m betting she could do a great human-turning-Faery-fiery magical songstress.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When a spell-gone-wrong turns Rude Davies’ city into a creature feature Gotham, he must find a way to reverse the magic before he loses everyone he cares about—and his own humanity.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
The first draft is still in progress. I anticipate it will be completed in the early spring, with a release date for the final book in summer 2013.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I have no idea. My fabulous copyeditor who worked on the first installment in the series, Hunt, compared it with the super talented Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely books. Who on earth wouldn’t want to hear something that wonderful about one of her books?
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I adore the universe I created in Hunt. I adore the characters. Folks have told me that they loved Kevin’s story in Hunt, and asked me when I would be writing Rude’s tale. So a story for Rude has been bubbling in the back of my mind for a bit. And during the aforementioned mystery writing intensive, one of the short stories I wrote hinted at a perfect plot to put Rude in the middle of. (That short story is called Snakebite, and was originally published in Chiaroscuro as By Appointment.)
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
A darker shade of Faery. Demons. Angels. High stakes. Action. Romance. And badass tattoos.
Other writers to read—and who were also tagged in this week’s The Next Big Thing:
One of the most original writers I’ve ever read. Simply brilliant. I’ve never read a Robert Jeschonek story I haven’t loved, and I’ve never read one of his stories that didn’t surprise me.
Steve Mohan, Jr. (also writes as Henry Martin)
Super smart, action-packed stories with characters who are never just characters on a page, but real people faced with tough choices. Steve’s stories always keep me on the edge of my seat.
Writes fabulous short fiction and novels about magic and medicine, among them great medical thrillers. Melissa’s stories are fresh and smart, and never fail to entertain.