I Have Splainin’ to Do

December 28, 2012

So I don’t update this blog regularly or properly. I acknowledge this. I should probably try harder.

It helps to at least update it with projects I’ve done which you can actually buy, like “The Bane of Yoto,” which I am a co-author of, assisting Josh Viola, who’s been slaving away at this universe for many years in different media.

I also won a Writer’s Scholarship through my community college that is now paying for the cost of an entire class. Probably a bigger deal to me than to the casual blog reader.

So now I must handle an obligation which I have utterly slacked on. A quality writer, Simon West-Bulford, recently did a sort of chain-letter type project called The Next Big Thing. I shall copy his version of the description:

“It’s a blog initiative in which authors have an excuse to shout about what they’re up to with their projects and then pass the shout on to five others. Each author is invited to answer the same 10 questions.”

So here’s my effort on that score:

What is the working title of your next book?

It’s the same project I’ve been working on for a while now, “We Should All Be Friends”.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

One of the central protagonists is the son of Death, and he’s functionally immortal. I find the idea of a deathless protagonist, because it removes your ability to use the most automatic for of drama, which is putting the character in mortal peril. I’ve always wanted to write a book related to the absence of mortality. As for the other ideas in the book, I’m never content to just have one novel power in my stories, so it’s a massive grab bag of ideas. The overstuffed nature of my writing is the main reason it’s been a pain to edit.

What genre does your book fall under?

I’m going with contemporary fantasy. There’s witches, angels, monsters, etc., but it all takes place within a modern day framework. This is mostly because I don’t like writing characters with stupid affected speech patterns.

I don’t think I can go with “urban fantasy” because none of my characters solve supernatural mysteries, which appears to be an unspoken requirement.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

I specifically try not to think about this, because I feel like using a living person as a template for a characters physical appearance will make me lazy when it comes to descriptions.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

The son of Death is slacking in his duties, and his mother has decided to go hands on and recruit some of the strangest humans available to help him bring down a worldwide supernatural conspiracy.

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

I’m going to try and submit it to some agents. I should probably learn how to do that properly.

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

Too long. It’s kind of embarassing. Though I’m more concerned with how long it’s going to take to properly edit it.

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

Possible the Thursday Next book series, though I could never match his passion for genre bending or whimsy. I’m just not that funny.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I really like the idea of a novel being a full meal, and adventure with a bit of everything that a reader would want to sit down and dig into. To paraphrase Dale Carnegie, I derive pleasure from giving pleasure. I wanted to make something over the top, fun, but still thoughtful.

What else about the book might peek the reader’s interest?

There are some over the top action scenes which will probably appeal to the twelve year old boy in you. At least hopefully.


Due to some social anxiety issues, it may take me a bit to pass this on to more authors, so keep an eye out for the update.

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