the one where I become part of a meme

The Next Best Thing Meme

1) Answer the 10 questions below.

2) Spread the fun and tag 5 more awesome people to participate.

The undeniable force of parties and vengeful retribution, KT Pinto, asked me to be a part of this meme, and I have to say I am honored.

1. What is the title of your latest book/WIP?

The Last Dragoon from Dark Quest Books

Since the first fantasy novel I had written, I Know Not, did so well, the publisher asked  me for another. It is not a sequel, but is set in the same world.

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

Honestly, after writing about a complete scoundrel in I Know Not, I wanted something softer, something honorable, even something that felt a bit like a fairy tale.
3. What genre does your book fall under?

It’s firmly in fantasy, but since there are lots of creepy crawlies I suppose dark fantasy, or even Gothic fantasy would be better.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Wow,

Matthias Reinhart: Viggo Mortensen would do an excellent tortured soul.

Sergeant Bilford: Oh we would have to rip Jerry Doyle from his radio microphone and get him back into acting for this one.

Cassildra: For the young novice of the God of Death, Wow that’s hard. Hailee Steinfeld would be good in the role, but Cassildra is described quite specifically as a very heavy girl. Finding someone willing to buck Hollywood standards of beauty (or getting them to leave it in the movie version in the first place) would be beyond belief.

Ansarin: For the deranged necromancer artist, I think Benedict Cumberbatch from BBCs new Sherlock adaptation.

5. What is the book blurb for your book?

The Ivy City is dying. It flails under a sea of the risen dead, the holy churches broken, the nobles largely destroyed, the population leaderless and alone, the city itself is bleeding and growing cold. Tattered crimson ribbons of blood fill the gutters. A despicable wizard, scion of the noble line, has shoved the Ivy City to the brink of death as he seeks what he sees as his rightful throne.

Doomed by his forbidden love, discarded by the crown, forgotten by the people, a disgraced hero rises from the ashes to combat the rising darkness. Accompanied by a novice of the god of death, this armored savior will crash headlong into the ranks of the undead. As the legions of the unliving surround and entrap him, he faces the dark truths of his own failures, and discovers the limits of his warrior will.

He will fight because of his oaths to the crown and because of his oaths to the city. But, in the end, he will fight against a horde of nightmares because he has sworn with the totality of his soul to the crown princess, whom he has vowed to love forever.

The only questions that remains are:

What is the raw power of the human soul?

And can it be enough against an army of the dead?

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

Once you take out the lost few weeks for editing other projects, and writing a novella on a bet, I believe it was only a hair over 4 months.
7. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Wow, it’s a mix of Sleeping Beauty, The tale of Lancelot, and any given hopeless opera you care to name. I used to joke that it was the anti-twilight, but I’m not sure I can keep watch over my shoulder for that many angry soccer moms and substitute teachers.
8. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

It is full of things I want my children, my friends – and myself most of all- to know, to remember. It has at its heart that we are often too hard on ourselves. More often the hero we are looking for is inside of each of us.
9. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Lord knows I’m action oriented, but I really was able to ramp up the battle scenes in a way I’ve never been able to before. Once my hero was no longer mortal, or even possible, I had fun pushing the limits of impossible without ripping apart the world around him.
And now I choose these five authors to also do this Meme:

Jeff Young      –           invisible-tv.livejournal.com

Jon Sprunk      –           www.jonsprunk.com

Feo Amante    –           www.feoamante.com

Chuck Gannon            – http://www.charlesegannon.com

And Elektra Hammond          –           www.facebook.com/elektra.hammond

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