I was honored to find out that I’d been tagged for THE NEXT BIG THING – WORK IN PROGRESS, and it just might happen to have something around here that I’ve been working on. And then I must tag others; I’ll try to be gentle.
But first, many thanks to Morgen Rich, who tagged me and TS Gwilliam who tagged her. Check them out!
Morgen Rich: World Enough and Time ( http://www.morgenrich.wordpress.com ).
TS Gwilliam’s blog is roseshadows ( http://roseshadows.wordpress.com/ )
THE NEXT BIG THING - WORK IN PROGRESS
1.What is the working title of your next book?
THE FIFTH MAGIC
2.Where did the idea come from for the book?
I’ve been working on the Godsland story since the late 1990’s, though I didn’t get to start writing it until 2005. Each trilogy builds on the last trilogy, and I’m finally getting to write things I’ve been thinking about for more than fifteen years. It’s a lot of fun. And once I write it, it’s as if my imaginings are made real.
3.What genre does your book fall under?
Young Adult Epic Fantasy
4.What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I’ve always thought Kate Beckinsale could play Catrin, and my wife insists that Benjin will be played by Alec Baldwin. I don’t know, though, I make have to make a cameo…
5.What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Power has returned to Godsland, and no one is prepared.
6.Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
The Godsland series will remain self-published for the foreseeable future. It’s not that I wouldn’t welcome the right deal from a publisher, but asking a publisher to pick up a series that’s seven books in is a bit much, and I don’t expect it to happen. There has been some interest in my work from New York, and I may soon develop a project specifically for traditional publication. I think it and my self-published works will complement one another.
7.How long did/will it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I’ll start by saying that I’m fortunate writing is now my full-time endeavor, though I do still have some part-time obligations. Because of this, I expect to have the draft completed in fewer than thirty days. It’ll take considerably longer to be edited to my satisfaction. I’ll edit it, and then my beta readers will get it, after that I’ll edit it again. When I’ve edited it to my greatest ability, I send it to Andrea Howe at Blue Falcon Editing. Andrea has edited the entire Godsland series, and we generally do two full edits. After that, I feel comfortable sending it out to my fans, who’ve been great at finding things here and there that we’ve all managed to miss. I’m grateful for that.
8.What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
The Godsland series has been compared to The Lord of the Rings, Terry Brooks’ Shannara, and Harry Potter, but I would say it bears more similarity to The Magic of Recluse, by L.E. Modesitt and The Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn–those books certainly helped inspire the series (along with Shannara and Lord of the Rings, and many others.). See my bookshelf here to see many of the books that inspired me to write fantasy.
9.Who or what inspired you to write this book?
As mentioned above, there have been many writers who’ve inspired me, but I find myself more motivated now by my readers. They provide me with a great deal of motivation and good cheer, and this next trilogy is all for them. I can’t wait to bring it to them.
10.What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
One of the best things about The Fifth Magic I that there are six books leading up to it, and I’m making great use of history and tying up loose ends from previous story lines, as well as bringing back some old friends. For those unfamiliar with my work, Call of the Herald is the place to start. You can grab your free copy here: http://brianrathbone.com/free-fantasy-ebook.html