1) What is the working title of your next book?
Hmmm. Does "I have no idea" work as an answer? Seriously, though, I'm writing book two in a trilogy, which I like to think of as one big book because it is one big story. Because of that, I have a hard time dividing it up into volumes with titles. The working title of the trilogy is Witherwilds.
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
I actually wrote about that here, and I alluded to a conversation that took place on a locked entry. Without divulging what was in that entry, I basically laid down a challenge to myself to write something that pushed the boundaries of my comfort zone. Two days later, the germ of Witherwilds occurred to me.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I don't often think about my characters in this way, and the sad truth is that no one in the Hollywood limelight occurs to me off the top of my head because my characters are not "Western/Occidental" looking. Those from my volcanic, jungle island most look like South Pacific Islanders and those in Semborain (a many-culture spanning empire) are rather hodgepodge with some Iranian, Ethiopian, and Turkish influences (physical types, not culture).
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Oh crap. One sentence? For a trilogy? With five POVs? Uh, um, hmmm....
I pass, unless you want something that speaks more to theme? In which case: Everyone is the master of his or her own destiny.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I just want to finish the thing first. Not chicken counting before the eggs hatch...
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Still writing. I have moved a total of six times (twice overseas, albeit once for a short stint) in the past year and it has played havoc with my writing time and writing brain. I hope to finish this draft by [insert something random here]....end of March.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
In scope, I hope it will be able to compare to Robin Hobb's Liveship Traders trilogy.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
That entry that I alluded to above and Mayotte, where was living when I first got the idea for the trilogy. While not exactly a lush tropical island, Mayotte did give me the beginnings of an atypical fantasy setting. (Since then, I've seen and read some good books with jungle settings.) A visit to nearby Reunion Island--with its wildly varied micro-climates and vegetation, its cirques, and breathtaking waterfalls, not to mention its active volcano--really fired my imagination setting-wise for Paoqei (an island, home to most of my POVs). For Semborain--the enemy country, if you will--I was inspired by research I was doing at the time for another book, parts of which are set in Ancient Mesopotamia. Semborain really has nothing in common with the cultures that flourished in the Fertile Crescent, but I decided I wanted a vague hint of that flavor and a technological equivalent of the Bronze Age.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
Birdserpents that live in symbiotic relationships with women who are capable of singing jewels--and birdserpent eggs--from the ground. A blight that is destroying an island, held in check by a Songwall powered by faltering, pain-ridden singers. Radioactive meteorites being touted as gods. Poisonings, corruption, political shenanigans, betrayal, wars....you know, typical epic fantasy stuff. I just hope it doesn't end up reading as "typical." :P