Talking About the Ninjas (Next Big Thing)

I don't do tags very often, but (a) I like talking about my WIPs and (b) I'll do pretty much anything the beloved Authoress asks.

So today I'm talking about ninjas of the post-apocalyptic kind.


Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:

1) What is the working title of your book?
The Word doc is titled The Con of War, but I'm not sure I like it. So on the internet I use the more descriptive Post-Apocalyptic, Dragon-Riding Ninjas (with Mechs!).

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
I actually had six half-formed ideas and asked people which sounded cooler. Overwhelmingly, the response was, "Do them all!"

3) What genre does your book fall under?
YA Science Fantasy (post-apocalyptic, obvs.)

4) Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I don't know about actual actors, but my wife and I were watching a lot of So You Think You Can Dance when I planned this story. So in my head, the young con-artist is Dominic, his techy sister is Katee, and the ninja is Emo Billy.


5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
An assassin, on the run from his clan, must work with a young con-artist to keep the kingdom from slipping into civil war and anarchy.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
My agent is eagerly waiting for me to finish revising this thing.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? May we see an intro?
It took me 4 months, which is the fastest I've ever drafted anything. I'm paying for it in revisions though.

Believe it or not, the story starts with the weather:
It was cloudy the day Kai killed his god. He'd expected earthquakes, blood rain, darkness at the very least, but the day his god died—and the day they would execute Kai for killing him—looked the same as any other. As if it were not a god who had died, but a man.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
The world of Catherine Fisher's INCARCERON felt similar to me (far future tech mixed with a fantasy feel). And I learned from Holly Black's WHITE CAT when I was planning the cons.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Honestly, I just threw in as many cool things as I could while still making sense. But the con-artist's struggles to trust and be trusted definitely comes from experiences with my own kids and attachment issues.

10) What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
Krista Van Dolzer once called it, "A steampunk Inception with ninjas!" She hasn't actually read it yet, but I'm counting that as an official blurb.


The rules demand I tag 5 people, so here are some of the people whose works-in-progress I am most interested in. Some of them have already posted their answers, so check them out:

Krista Van Dolzer
Matthew MacNish
Myrna Foster
Daisy Carter
Melodie Wright


Message for the tagged authors and interested others:

Rules of The Next Big Thing:

*Use this format for your post
*Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress)
*Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.

Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:

What is your working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? May we see an intro?
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?

Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged. Be sure to line up your five people in advance.

10 comments:

Donna K. Weaver said...

I love these opportunities to learn about people's books. Love that first paragraph. And the Ninjas.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

This post torments me. Just so you know. #wanttoreaditsobad

maine character said...

Awesomesauce.

Kristen Wixted said...

I seem to leave comments behind maine character at least half of the time. It's so strange.

I like how you picked dancers for actors. I mean, they would probably make great ninjas, right?
Smart.

Jack said...

I like the sound of your book, thank you for sharing the tag, I'd not heard anything about it before. Now I really want to read it, and I like your internet title 8-D

I'm excited now. When will it be out?

Allons-y!

Matthew MacNish said...

Krista writes an awesome blurb. I should ask her to blurb something of mine she hasn't read.

And yeah, I actually did my post about my last WIP, but I would love to write about the new one. Too soon, though, grasshopper. Too soon.

Authoress said...

*gloats*

*has read*

Also....ANYTHING I ask?? *fetches list*

;-)

Angela Brown said...

Ref: Post-Apocalyptic, Dragon-Riding Ninjas (with Mechs!)

Really, you got to go with this title because heck yeah. That is just all the stuff I LURVE!

Daisy Carter said...

I am so excited to read this! I'm hoping each hardcover comes with a tiny little ninja (numbered, of course, for the collector's) or maybe some origami dragons or something.

Also, your SYTYCD actors are awesome. I can so picture Dominic doing some fancy ninja/jazz moves.

Thanks for tagging me! Mine's up!

Donna Hole said...

I liked your beginning. Sometimes it does work to start with weather.

Great answers.

........dhole