This week’s post is a chain blog called “The Next Big Thing”. Two other people and I follow Jordan Bernal in a series of blogs where writers answer a set of ten questions about the stories they’re writing (Works in Progress or WIPs). Next week three writers will follow me and answer the questions at their blog sites.
First I’ll introduce the writers in my part of the chain. Each of their names is linked to their blog site:
Jordan Bernal: Jordan writes fantasy about dragons and Ireland.
Julaina Kleist-Corwin: Julaina has taught for 25 years and now teaches a bunch of us in her adult writing classes. She has two WIPs.
Shannon Brown: Shannon writes young adult, has a great sense of YA humor, thinking, and dialogue.
The three writers following me are:
Carl Gamez: Carl is a seeker of truth and a writer of satire, mainly religious satire. His writing is smooth and hilarious, but deep down it’s about finding the kernel of truth in religion.
Sarah Bromley is a horror and Gothic novelist represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency. She loves YA and all things creepy and weird. Her blog is linked to her name. Her website is here.
Lily Crussell is a Young Adult fiction author. She writes fantasy and paranormal romance in the ‘Shadow of The Nephilim’ series.
Now, the questions and answers:
What is the working title of your book?
A Far Traveler (The First Alien)
Where did the idea come from for the book?
In my teens, I read the Bible—twice. Of particular interest were Moses (you can read more at my topic pages), the Exodus, and the Ark of the Covenant. Even in my youth, I thought it sounded like extraterrestrial forces may have been involved. Many books, videos, etc. have been written about the Ark. I thought I would focus on Moses and give him a Robinson Crusoe-type alien partner.
What genre does your book fall under?
A Far Traveler is the first of four novels in the Shaman Gene Series. Two more have been drafted. I’m cleaning up the second, Panther Watches. The series is mainly science fiction, but has spirit beings, a life force, and shamans. Much of it is in a western setting, modern day Las Vegas and a fictional Paiute Indian reservation. A subplot involving a psychotic murderer weaves through several books.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Gimish is fairly young by Nirvanian standards and has a young vibrant wife and two kids. We’ll forgo that he is several centuries old and portray him in his mid-thirties: John Cusack
Horace Haines is modeled after Howard Hughes. In his early career, Tommy Lee Jones portrayed Hughes. It would be interesting to see his take on Horace.
Stephanie is a tall trim and extremely brainy blonde. Tamsin Egerton
Matt is adventurous and a bit unreliable. Matthew Fox
Ahmose’s life is seen holographically by Matt. It probably makes sense for Fox to play Moses too. Remember folks, Moses was about 40 years old at the time of the Exodus, not the 80 year old graybeard portrayed in all the religious painting and movies.
Raon (Aaron) is spiritual but tough. He’s committed to getting the Bedoiun slaves out of Egypt and willing to crack the heads of anyone who gets in the way, Egyptian or slave. Timothy Olyphant
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Image an ancient alien is still alive, and he makes a deal with you to change Earth’s future.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
A Far Traveler was submitted to Harper Voyager in October. If I haven’t heard anything by December, I’ll self publish. I do have to beat the Mayan End of Time, don’t I?
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Like Grace Slick, I don’t remember that far back. My guess is about a year to 18 months.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I’m not sure anyone has written sci-fi about an ancient alien Robinson Crusoe before.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Von Daniken’s Chariot of the Gods. I wanted involve an alien in a Biblical story without removing the possibility of God.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
There’s deception by the cart load plus love, murder, sex, and a mystery that Matt and Stephanie cross two continents to solve. All the while, spirits meddle with the fates of aliens and humans alike.