THE NEXT BIG THING is a chain of book and author recommendations. One author tags five others, who then each tag five others. The idea is that we all help people out there learn about all the good stuff that’s just out or coming soon. The wonderful Angela Slatter tagged me on her blog and now it’s my turn.

1. What is the working title of your next book?

It’s called Bound. That’s actually the final title, so I hope it sticks. Although you can never be sure until the ink is dry on the cover.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

I’ve always been told that I write great fight scenes, and I do enjoy writing them. I’ve even run successful workshops on the subject. So it occurred to me that I should embrace that in a full novel and I came up with a character who is a very talented martial artist and the story grew from there. I combined it with a nasty little idea I’d had knocking around in my fevered noggin for a while and it turned into a book of which I’m very proud.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

Like RealmShift and MageSign, it’s a dark urban fantasy horror kinda thing.

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

I have no idea. There are two main couples in the book, but I’m reluctant to suggest actors because I like readers to paint their own pictures of what my characters look like.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Alex Caine is a masterful fighter and the master of his life, until a chance encounter exposes him to magic, danger and a total loss of control.

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

That’s currently in process, but it won’t be self-published.

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

Hard to say. Probably somewhere around 6 to 8 months.

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

Well, it’s in a similar vein to RealmShift and MageSign, as it’s set in the same world. In fact, there are a few cameos from those books. As for other authors’ work it compares to, it bears similarities to the work of Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, H P Lovecraft… and more. Think good, dark urban fantasy and hopefully it bears comparison.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

As mentioned in 2. above, it came partly from the main character, which was a person I wanted to explore. And also from the primary item the character gets tied up with, but I won’t say what that is, because I don’t want to give anything away.

10. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

Martial arts, beautiful people, monsters, magic, items of magical power, elder gods, chaos, mayhem and excitement! And that’s only in the first few chapters.

And now to tag other authors. You can read their answers to the same questions next Wednesday.

I tag:

Joanne Anderton

Andrew McKiernan

Rob Hood

David Wood

Jason Fischer

You can see their answers to the questions above next week, on Wednesday, November 28th.