Wednesday, March 20, 2013
THE NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP
What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way for readers to discover authors new to them. I hope you'll find new-to-you authors whose works you enjoy. On this stop on the blog hop, you'll find a bit of information on me and one of my books and links to three other authors you can explore!
My gratitude to fellow author Rissa Watkins for inviting me to participate in this event. You can click the following link to learn more about her work. Website: www.rissawatkins.com
In this blog hop, I and my fellow authors answer ten questions about our book or work-in-progress (giving you a sneak peek). We've also included some behind-the-scenes information about how and why we write what we write--the characters, inspirations, plotting and other choices we make. I hope you enjoy it!
Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions. Here is my Next Big Thing!
1: What is the working title of your book?
Karma of Kalpana
2. What genre does your book come under?
I write primarily in Science Fiction, with elements of other genre, in this case romance.
I've loved Science Fiction since high school and can't imagine writing anything else. However, I think mixing the genre is inevitable. While most of my stories take place in space, my characters don't live in a vacuum, figuratively speaking. They love and suffer loss, it just has to be incorporated as part of the story, not as a distraction to it.
You won't find Victorian corset's in my stories, but if my character is wearing anything resembling one, I'm going to have her sexy lover/alien taking it off her, after an appropriate ass-kicking of a gang of bad guys.
3: Where did the idea come from for the book?
A friend gave me a idea for a short story, but it refused to be told in a few thousand words.
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Oh, no, can't answer that question! You'll have to read the book to understand why. (brahahahahaha)
Visualize her as capable of flying space ships, shooting down her enemies and getting the boys wanting more than the cargo.
5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Kalpana (Kali) was named after the goddess of destruction and if karma has its way she'll live up to her name, but at what price?
6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
I am represented by a wonderfully supportive and responsive agent. I have two books currently under publisher reviews, two more being written, first drafts of a serial (vol.1 under review) and ideas on the back-burners impatiently waiting their turn. Stay tuned for publishing news.
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
How long for a first draft? I'd like to say 'Oh, I had it drafted in only a few weeks', but we all know that's not true. Since it started as a short story, then morphed into a full novel, that took time. My main character morphs too and needed to reflect her different personalities. I will tell you the 2nd and subsequent edits took longer than the writing, but were worth it.
8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Another tough question. My agent answered it best, saying Karma was something she'd never seen before, so she HAD to take it on. That was a WAY better response than I expected. Now I have to live up to that bar with subsequent novels.
I hope your visit to my blog helped you get to know me a bit better. Visit my website: www.tlsmithbooks.com.
Check out my current Science Fiction/Horror, THE THING DOWN THE ROAD, released Feb 2012 by Musa Publishing.
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Who’s next on the NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP?
So glad you asked!
Below you will find authors who will be joining me by blog, next Wednesday. Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on Works in Progress and New Releases!
Happy Writing and Reading!
Peter Lukes blog: peterlukes.blogspot.com
Karen Kennedy Samoranos blog: www.saraville.com
Andrea Rittschof blog: andrearittschof.blogspot.com