The Next Big Thing (Blog Hop)

Jamal W. Hankins of Scribereglyph has tagged me in The Next Big Thing, which is a Blog Hop where you talk about your work in progress as though it is “the next big thing.” A form of promotion, I suppose. Thanks, Jamal! On with the blog!

What is the working title of your book?
XIII, and to be honest, I can’t remember whether it was me or my ex who came up with the title. I know that I thought Roman numerals were cool.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
You’d have to ask my ex. He came up with most of the ideas; I just write it, so I’m more or less a ghostwriter. (Although that would require me to actually keep quiet about the fact that I’m writing it, right?)

What genre does your book fall under?
I would say YA, but it’s got a bit too much blood, sex, and alcohol for that. So urban fantasy would be my next guess. But I don’t consider it to be in a specific genre.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Tsunami, my main character, would be played by Jason Momoa. Naomi, my other main character, would be played by either Dita Von Teese or this Greek chick called Gogo Melone, who is in the band Luna Obscura.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A young man discovers he is a demigod, and he spends most of his life trying to make sense of this change, while dragging as many people as possible into his adolescent confusion.

If you plan to publish, will you self-publish traditionally?
That question sounds weird. It’ll probably end up being self-published. I don’t think any big, important NYC publisher would want to take a chance on it.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
That’s a hard question because the “first draft” was a bunch of random stupidity that barely resembled a story at all. If you saw it, you’d think a bunch of kindergarten kids wrote it. But the real first draft took probably about a year. I don’t remember.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
As awful as it sounds, I don’t think I’ve ever read an urban fantasy novel, so I have no clue. I don’t think it easily compares to anything that I’ve read in the YA genre, so I don’t usually compare it to anything.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My ex badgering me to keep writing. But in all seriousness, I write it because I love it and because I love the characters, so after I got to know them, they began to inspire me.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It has a lot of subplots; it’s got your typical love triangles, evil villain battle scenes, emo contemplative scenes in which I try to imitate Faulkner and fail miserably, drama-filled high school/college scenes, Mount Olympus and underworld scenes, etc.

Too scattershot to be the next New York Times bestseller, I know, but it was nice to write about my writing. 🙂

And so the Blog Hop continues, I tag these awesome folks:


Anthony Lee Collins

T.W. Dittmer



3 thoughts on “The Next Big Thing (Blog Hop)

  1. Wow. Thanks for tagging me. I’ll have to work on my answers.

    It’s interesting to learn more about XIII. We always say more (and different) things when somebody asks questions as opposed to when we just set out to describe a story ourselves.

    And, yes, the question about whether to “self-publish traditionally” is weird. “Traditional” self-publishing would have to be small chapbooks, or a vanity press.


  2. Also, interesting that the questions separate “where did the idea come from” and “what was the inspiration.” At first I thought, “that’s the same thing,” but it was challenging to think of them as two different questions.


    1. To me “where the idea came from” is the origination. But the “inspiration” is what keeps you writing after the origination of the idea. But in a sense, they are both types of inspiration.


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