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The Next Big Thing

The ever wonderful Folly Blaine asked me if I’d be interested in joining this blog series, and I said yes. Then, my work week swamped me, and I am now 3 days late! Ack! Here are my answers:

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

The Widow Gray

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

It started with a scene that came to me one morning as I was waking up. I saw a woman with a slashed face and neck being carried into a foyer by a band of children. She is near death, and the residents of the home don’t want her there because she’s known as a witch. Still, their decency wins out, and they take her in. The story unfolds from there.

3) What genre does your book fall under?

Post-Apocalyptic Paranormal Mythpunk Mystery — or whatever else the publisher and bookstore deem it as. 🙂

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

The Widow Gray could be played by badass Gina Torres. She’s a woman with brains and bravery.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

It’s fifty years after the Apocalypse, and the Widow Gray uses her special gifts to help others while a supernatural serial killer stalks her.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

If it’s good enough, it will be represented by an agency. If not, then I’ll write another one that is.

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

I have yet to finish a first draft. I plan to have the first draft done in 2013.

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

I’d say “The City and the City” by China Mieville or “American Gods” by Neil Gaiman, but set in a Post-Apoc world.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I’ve followed a twisty path to this novel. I love the characters in it, and originally, it was going to be a Victorian novel, set in Boston in the 1890s, but I decided that was too limiting. So, instead, I moved it to the future, to fifty years after an apocalyptic event, when the world has a greatly reduced population, and people are working hard to get by, rebuild, and survive.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

This book has definite Mythpunk qualities to it, with mythical beings and concepts central to the plot. These beings are allies and enemies, and they affect the Widow’s world, choices, and outcomes. It’s kind of epic.

Visit Phil Brucato’s blog too for an update on his Next Big Thing!

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