The Next Big Thing (Blog Hop)

The Next Big Thing (Blog Hop)

I was tagged for a thing! And because I said I’d try and post a bit more and I haven’t yet started writing for today, so I’m not distracted, I’ll fill it in now.

What is your working title of your book (or story)?

Forget My Wings, though I’m not sure I’ll keep the title. I’m also working on a short story called Status: Offline but that’s another post :)

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I took some of the basic premise of my first ever novel, which was abysmal, and jumbled it up with a few ideas I’d jotted down in an English lesson, including a phrase: in which he is good and moral and young and she is damned and as ancient as all time. Not sure how much I’ve stuck to that, but that was the basic idea. I also tried reversing a whole bunch of concepts to see what would fit — I knew I wanted to use the original premise but I didn’t know how to rewrite it, so I literally sat down and thought up some ideas. They didn’t ‘come’. I also made a playlist which helped inspire me.

What genre does your book fall under?

Historical science fiction. If that’s a thing. It is now.

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

Ooh, I don’t know. I often cast characters but I haven’t yet cast this book.

A teenage version of Jenna-Louise Coleman combined with Samantha Barks would make the perfect Georgina. Georgina was originally intended to be a minor character, but turned out as a badass Cockney street-fighter, who stole everybody’s hearts along the way. Hmm, sounds about right. She’s only sixteen or thereabouts, so she’d need some new up and coming actress to play her, therefore she’s hard to cast, but these two provide the appropriate aesthetics!

She’s basically the only character that I’ve cast mentally, and that’s only because I caught sight of a picture of these two (on two separate occasions) and thought, “Oh, look, it’s Georgina!”

Georgina is my ‘awesome female brunette’. I’m making it a point to write one into everything I write, so that cosplayers like myself have someone they can dress up as who doesn’t have “interestingly coloured hair”. Ehehe!

Perhaps Emilia Clarke could play Susanna, my main female character, simply due to how wonderfully she wears white hair.

I’ve not seen her in Game of Thrones, but if Daenerys is anything like she is in the book, she definitely has the authoritative air to her, which would suit Susanna.

Susanna also has a lot of really hard decisions to make, and some moments where she is very vulnerable, and I’ve seen some pictures of Emilia Clarke as Dany where she looks just right for those. So, she can be Susanna. New headcanon — Susanna is friends with Dany Targaryan. I think they would definitely get on well.

If I think of any others, particularly to play the male characters (Joseph, my narrator and main male character; Nathaniel, another awesome side character and adorable scamp; Finn, Oscar, and the Commander, all of whom are fairly important; plus all the random humans, the fae, and all the bad guys… yeah, this book has a huge cast), I’ll post them here some other time. Probably won’t, though.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Joseph Aldersey is a human caught up in a war between two opposing alien forces — except he might not be quite as human as he thinks.

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

I don’t know, I haven’t thought that far ahead. Depends what my critique partners think of it, and how long it takes me to edit.

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

I’m still writing it, but I’ll be finished in the next couple of weeks, if all goes according to plan. I started it near the end of February, so it’s taken me about five weeks so far.

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

I really don’t know. Is Historical Sci-Fi even a thing? I guess perhaps it’s influenced by things like Philip Pullman’s Sally Lockhart books, simply in style of writing and story-telling and some of the characters. Other than that, I’ve never read anything I’d compare it to, myself. Which I guess is a good thing…

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I don’t know. In English we were discussing the presentation of good and evil as well as male and female characters and I observed that frequently, the guys in YA fiction are evil and brooding and supernatural, while the girls are innocent and dragged into events and then it turns out they’re secretly a vampire or something. So I wanted to reverse that. I guess that contributed.

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

The combination of Victorian London with spaceships and aliens and demonic/angelic races. Also I guess I’m cheating on the science-fiction genre with fantasy, because there’s magic in there. And, yes, romance. Though it’s all angsty. Oh, there’s a lot of angst. Like, ALL OF THE ANGST. Angst is my speciality.


I’m not sure if there’s a set number of people I should tag, but I can never think of anyone anyway, so anyone is welcome to do this and say I tagged them if they want to. Meanwhile, I am tagging Charley Robson, because I would very much like to know who she would cast as the characters in Ikarus, should she choose to write about it — I need faces on which to pin my angst. Oh, that book. (I will have my revenge…mark my words.)

14 thoughts on “The Next Big Thing (Blog Hop)

  1. Emilia Clarke for Susanna! She’s a fab Dany in the series – I’ve seen her in a few clips and eps, she’s amazing.

    I think I may take you up on this tag thing! Now I just need to work out fancasting for Ikarus . . . o_O

  2. Victorian sci-fic? That is something I would DEFINITELY read. The genre almost seems steampunk….probably more cyberpunk though. *nodsnods*
    Anyways, it sounds awesome! :)

    1. Everyone keeps asking me if it’s steampunk, but it’s actually really not. The technology is present-day or futuristic, just anachronistically dumped into Victorian London for the hell of it. Hence the joys of trying to explain computers to Victorian street-kids… Ehehe. No clockwork involved. Possibly corsets. Not going to confirm that last one.

  3. Waheey! Awesome post, M!
    I’d like to see a few more of these for your other books (especially since you’ve written so many first drafts that you have no excuse!) I think I might have actually tagged you when I did my first Next Big Thing, but that slipped through the ‘net.

    1. Oh, did you? I’m dreadfully sorry, you must have thought I was ignoring you.
      The problem with many of my drafts (such as the Death and Fairies trilogy) is that I started them in, like, 2010, and no longer remember anything such as where I got the ideas from or what inspired me or anything. They’ve just always been there in my life.

      1. Nah, it happens with awards and hops. I’m rubbish at choosing people who ctually commit to doing one (not that I’m saying you don’t commit, by the way… It’s just a lot of people I tag say, “I’ll think about it,” and never do it.)

        Isn’t that nice, though? Having your drafts just *there*. Hmm, I guess you should have noted down your inspirations at the time.

        1. I guess I didn’t think anyone would ever read them so that sort of thing didn’t occur to me. Remember, I’d not long started writing and I didn’t really have any beta readers outside of Protagonize, either.

  4. I’d say you definitely piqued my interest with “The combination of Victorian London with spaceships and aliens and demonic/angelic races.”

    But you didn’t say that this was definitely YA. I’m guessing so (?)

    1. Yes, it’s YA. The main character, the narrator, is 17, so I think that puts it in the YA category. It’s probably more tragic than is common in young adult books, but that’s a matter of taste, not age :)

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