Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
freelance alchemist
The Next Big Thing 
12th-Dec-2012 11:24 am
Hearth
Since I was tagged by michaeldthomas:

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

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
Oh my goodness. Well.

1. I am a sucker for portal fantasies; when I was little, more than anything I wanted to be Queen Lucy of Narnia.
2. My main non-writing line of work = fighting sexual violence, so I am very aware than many people dissociate during rape - their minds leave their bodies. They go somewhere else.

So a horrible part of my brain got all what-if-y.

3) What genre does your book fall under?
Hahahaha. Hm. Yes?

Really, it can be read as fantasy or as non-genre literary fiction, depending on if you believe the characters are genuinely going to different worlds. It's open to interpretation.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Oh, no one is making a movie of this.

I actually haven't given it any thought! I'm not quite sure what Ash looks like, because the book is very much in Ash's head and Ash has a disconnect between mind and body. I'll probably get some clues on Ash's appearance from Aaron as the book continues, but I don't have any yet. Given the way I'm writing this, I wonder if it would be a disservice, even, to see Ash before Ash sees themself. I can't really think of a male actor sylphlike enough to play Aaron. As for Kai - Isabelle Fuhrman impressed me in The Hunger Games, and in eight-ten years, if she doesn't get superskinny, I can totally see her as Kai - Kai needs that feral intensity. I'm sure there are actresses who are already the right age who could bring that, but I'm underslept, man.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Iiii am still working on this.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Agency (which I don't have yet)

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Ask me that when I'm done! When I have time and I buckle down and write it, I get a lot done! This year has been complicated.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I can't think of any. People familiar with Cicatrix? Anyone?

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
It would not leave me alone. It stalked me. It infiltrated my iPod. It blocked me from writing anything else until I took it up.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?
People have experienced synesthesia when I read from it. I don't think it has any straight people in it. People have liked that Aaron is clearly viewed as attractive when he's definitely not traditionally Masculine. The whole thing is written from the gut, bypassing the head, and I've been told that it reads that way too. I think it's my best writing ever. If I'm doing it right, it will leave you gasping. And I think I'm doing it right.

I tag haikujaguar, ogre_san, handful_ofdust, karnythia, and nihilistic_kid.
Comments 
12th-Dec-2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely interested.

Aside from any other issues, it's taken me decades to get used to having an appearance. Inside my head, I'm feelings and an internal monologue and occasional visuals-- I don't look like anything.
12th-Dec-2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
re: #8

If Cicatrix reminds me of anything, it's Lavondyss and other things by Robert Holdstock.
12th-Dec-2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
I answered mine!
12th-Dec-2012 07:42 pm (UTC)
I WANT THIS BOOK TO COME OUT NOW! I'm fascinated by synesthesia even though I don't have it. I'm fascinated by gender play. And everything I've ever read by you has been amazing. If you think this book will leave me gasping, I want to start reading it yesterday.
12th-Dec-2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
So say we all. :)
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