Earl Livings kindly tagged me for The Next Big Thing, giving me an opportunity to talk about the novel I’m currently re-working.
So here goes:
1. What is the [working] title of your book?
It’s actually just called ‘The Sci Fi Novel’ right now. I’ve given it different titles at different times, but to be honest I haven’t found one that’s stuck yet.
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
Where do ideas for books come from? I’m not sure, but with this book it was some mix of my interest in the Gaia principle and a fascination with telepathy.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Idris Elba to play Avin
Summer Glau to play Bo
Emily Blunt to play Zharn
Paul Bettany to play Fos
Michael Chilkis to play Krist
Moon Bloodgood to play Shakrel
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Zharn is a telepath, born on a sentient planet, and it is this long hidden truth that will change the lives of friends and enemies alike, as she is pursued across the Fdei System in the final act of a decades old persecution.
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I imagine it’ll end up self-published because it’s not a kind of sci-fi that’s fashionable right now.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
About 20 years! In reality I outlined the complete idea in my teens, started to write the novel in my 20s and then finally sat down to creating a proper manuscript in my thirties. It was a very stop-start process.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Probably books like Asimov’s Nemesis and Alfred Bester’s My Destination the Stars.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
No one / nothing in particular.
10. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
For those who like themes, the core theme of the book is about the nature of freedom. But it also has fights, mutiny, escapes, ghosts and a couple of different planets in it, as well as the odd tech touch.
Well, there you go, that’s my novel!