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The WIP Game

This "Blog Hop" is a question and answer game that some of my writer pals are playing.  Here's some information about my current Work In Progress, followed by links to other writers posting about theirs.  Enjoy!

Q: What is the working title of your book?  
A: CURSE OF THE FALLEN or CURSE OF THE ALBEN, not sure which.  What do you think?  Is CURSE OF THE ALBEN confusing?

Q: Where did the idea come from for the book?
A: Short answer: This is book 4 of my Blood of the Kindred series, inspired by my short story, "Kind Hunter" (which you can read at Book View Café - it's the free sample from the anthology DRAGON LORDS AND WARRIOR WOMEN).

Q: What genre does your book fall under?
A: Fantasy

Q: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
A: Well, Orlando Bloom is the quintessential elf in my eyes, so I'd cast him as Turisan.  For Eliani - yanno, Zooey Deschanel might work!  For Shalár, I think Kaley Cuoco would do a very good job.  And for Luruthin, perhaps Matthew Gray Gubler.

Q: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A: As war with the alben intensifies in Fireshore, Eliani and Turisan return to Highstone, where the Ælven Council must decide the future of the Lost: will they be exiled like the alben, or will they become allies whose aid might tip the balance in the war?

Q: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
A: Well, kind of neither.  Since the series was dropped after book 2 by the original publisher, I have elected to continue publishing it with the help of the wonderful publishing cooperative Book View Café.  Book 3, Swords Over Fireshore, came out in 2012.  Oh, and this book should be out in spring of 2013.

Q: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
A: About a year.

Q: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
A: It's my take on a Lord of the Rings type of fantasy.

Q: Who or What inspired you to write this book?
A: Tolkein, of course.  I've been a fan of LotR since I was around 12, I guess, when I first read it.  I especially love elves, so my own stories are about the Ælven.  Also, see question 2.

Q: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
A: The Blood of the Kindred series is my exploration of the question posed in "Kind Hunter," namely:  what if elves and vampires were originally the same race?

Book 1: The Betrayal
Book 2: Heart of the Exiled
Book 3: Swords Over Fireshore

And now, here are some other writers who are playing this game:

Patricia Burroughs http://planetpooks.com/the-blog/

Jeffrey A. Carver http://starrigger.blogspot.com

Katharine Eliska "Cat" Kimbriel http://alfreda89.livejournal.com/661783.html

Steven Harper Piziks http://spiziks.livejournal.com

Deborah J. Ross http://www.deborahjross.blogspot.com/

Laura Underwood http://laurajunderwood.livejournal.com/

Edited to add: 

Kelly A. Harmon http://kellyaharmon.com/work-progress-update-meme/

Cindie Geddes http://cindiegeddes.com/2012/11/29/the-next-big-thing/

Have fun!


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 12th, 2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
Oooh, another Aelven book! Says the lucky person who got to play behind-the-scenes production roles for the first two.
Dec. 12th, 2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
Yes! Actually, this series predates the Immortal books, which I think are the ones you've read. High fantasy rather than contemporary.
Dec. 12th, 2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
I like CURSE OF THE FALLEN better as a title. And now I can't help but imagine Orlando Bloom as Turisan.
Dec. 13th, 2012 04:36 am (UTC)
Another vote for CURSE OF THE FALLEN. Can the book stand as an entry point to the series? Because "Alben" means something to readers of earlier books, but not to a browsing reader.

I have always loved the core premise of "Kind Hunter," which is a powerful story, an overwhelming choice for an immortal. Go read the free story, it is worth your time!
Dec. 13th, 2012 02:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you! "Kind Hunter" was one of those ideas that grab you and insist on being written. When the story was done, I wasn't finished with the idea, hence the Blood of the Kindred series and then the Immortal series.

I guess CURSE OF THE FALLEN is less likely to cause people to scratch heads. As for being an entry point - I try to make all my books stand alone, but it's undeniably part of the series so for people who really want to read things in order I wouldn't start with this one.
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