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The Next Big Thing Interview

Welcome to the Next Big Thing Interview


My writer friend, C. R. Hodges, recently tagged me for a ‘blog hop’ entitled ‘The Next Big Thing’. The deal is: I answer a few interview questions about my work-in-progress, and then I invite other authors to do the same. C. R. Hodges was tagged by Tim Hurley. I asked Gemma Mawdsley to join in. You can explore their answers to the same questions.

So here goes:

What is the working title of your next story?

My in-progress story doesn’t quite have a name yet. Cold and Salty? Squid on the Halfshell? The strangers under the ice? I’m not sure.

Where did you get the idea for the story?

I read a lot of science books and blogs. A short article on Europa inspired me to start the story.

What genre would you include your story in?

Definitely science fiction. Somewhat hard science but I’m hoping it’s a great tale.

What actors would you choose to play your characters in the movie version?

Since there are no humans, that’s kind of hard. I guess all the parts would be played by CGI. Although, now that I think about it, using muppets would be awesome.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your story?

Shoot. I hate writing synopsis. “Soon after the Cal Oeanepoe  discover a new world that exists above their ice sky, visitors arrive with a message.”

Will your story be self-published or represented by an agency?

When I started, it was a short story. Right now, it’s kind of a long short story. I hope that it shrinks in edit, and I can publish in a magazine.

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

I’m not finished yet but so far I have been working on it for about two months. I have a very rough draft and an outline. That’s usually my process. Generate a napkin level story and then outline it. I build a first draft from that. I’d give it at least another couple of months. Then it will sleep for a few months, and I’ll edit it.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

My goal is make it along the lines of Robert L Forwards, Dragon’s Egg series. I’m no physicist and he was an amazing writer, but that is the goal post for me.

Who or what inspired you to write this story?

I love space science and Europa just fascinates me. I was reading an article about a couple of probes that might be sent there in the next 10 or so years and I just stumbled over my story.

What else about the story might pique the reader’s interest?

The story is written completely from the viewpoint of the aliens who live in an ocean under the ice on Europa. The only human visibility is a live blog of the ship’s liftoff and a follow up blog entry about some of the results found. I’m thinking about creating a blog to pretend like it’s a real event. I think that would be fun.

Thank you for reading this.

Keep an eye on Gemma Mawdsley’s blog. She will be blogging on this blog hop on 4/30.

If you blog and would like to join this blog hop, leave me a comment below in the next few days and I will add your blog to this post.

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