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The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Linda Bloodworth tagged me for this fun blog hop, wherein I get to talk about my WIP (which, for purposes of the hop, is The Witch’s Eye.)  This blog hop started on She Writes, and is still going strong!

Here’s how this goes down:

If I tag you, use this format for your post
. Include an introduction to your interview post and a link to the person who tagged you for participation.
 Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress). Include some pictures if possible.
  Tag five other writers/bloggers by sending them an email and then add their links to the end of your interview post.  Their answers should go up the week after.

Easy?  Ok, enough technical stuff…on with the questions!


1. What is the working title of your book?

The Witch’s Eye (Blood Skies, Book 5).


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

While Book 5 is, by necessity, a continuation of the story from the first four books in the series (especially the cliffhanger ending from Book 4, Crown of Ash), I’ve had a few random pieces of inspiration playing through my brain while I’ve worked on The Witch’s Eye: C.S. Friedman’s A Feast of Souls, China Mieville’s Embassytown, J.V. Jones’s A Sword From Red Ice, the movies The Grey, Looper and The Expendables 2, and the old Kung Fu TV series.


3. What genre does your book fall under?

I don’t know if any of the Blood Skies novels fall under just one genre.  They’re a blend of military sci-fi and epic fantasy, with strong elements of dystopian horror and urban fantasy thrown in for good measure.  Plus, they have vampires.


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

I’ve blogged about who would play the regular characters in the series many times (most recently for Book 4, Crown of Ash).  New additions for The Witch’s Eye would include Denzel Washington as Creasy (a Wolftown warlock), Clancy Brown as Lynch (a human diplomat of the armistice city-state of Lorn), and Liam Cunningham and Maisie Williams and Flint and Shiv, father and daughter out of New Rhaine who end up traveling with Cross.


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

Eric Cross and his scattered team, scattered after the disastrous battle at Voth Ra’morg, must reunite to hunt down a deadly new breed of arcane vampire.


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

Every book in the Blood Skies series is self-published.  I’m cool like that.


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

I always start working on one novel in the series while I’m editing the prior volume, so it’s sometimes difficult for me to keep track of how long it takes to write any given book.  I’m going to guess at roughly 3-4 months for a complete rough draft, with 4-5 months of editing.


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

I write what I like to read, so I’d hold them up alongside the works of China Mieville, J.V. Jones, John Meaney, George R.R. Martin, Stephen Erickson and C.S. Friedman…but my stuff isn’t just like any of those.  I like to think my work has a flavor and feel all its own.


9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Speaking for the series, I was inspired by a dream I had a few years ago about black unicorns hunting down a group of maidens trapped in a dark forest.  For some reason that dream haunted me until I finally managed to figure out the story buried beneath it all, and that’s where Blood Skies and the subsequent books got their start.

The specific plot for The Witch’s Eye was inspired by a combination of Blade II and Saving Private Ryan.


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

Fans of the series will find everything they’ve come to expect in my books: tons of action, vivid descriptions, in-depth world building and more vampires than you can shake a stake at.  The Witch’s Eye will also show what happened to Cross and his surviving teammates after Crown of Ash, give more info about the Ebon Cities, and feature the return of some supporting characters from all four of the previous books in the series.

For those unfamiliar with my work, let me say this: Dystopian Military Dark Epic Fantasy. With real vampires.  My work is dark, gritty, exciting, and gripping.  If you don’t read my books and love them, I’ll eat my own shirt.


MORE rules:

If I tagged you, your blog post needs to go up between the Oct 28 – Nov 2.  If you are on She Writes you put the post up there too. Your Blog post should be labelled:
 The Next Big Thing Blog Hop.

Here are the authors I’m tagging.  You’re awesome and you know it.  Check out their blogs, and look for their posts some time next week!

Bruce Blake

Candice Bundy

Jen L. Kirchner

D.H. Nevins

Rob Pruneda

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