[Although I originally published this post last summer, I decided to add to it and tweak some of the existing information. Updated March 17, 2013]
I was tagged by my pal Nicole L Bates (thank you!) to take part in The Next Big Thing meme and figured I would answer the questions in relation to my urban fantasy novel, Bloodstone.
What is the title of your book/WIP?
Where did the idea for the book come from?
This story grew from a couple different seeds. I had a character in my head who had the ability to see through magical disguises and I also wanted to write a story about two brothers with a fun sibling relationship. I merged the two ideas together and they grew into Bloodstone.
What genre would your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I don’t know which actor I would choose to play Liam but I did find pictures of a male model who looks more like Liam than anyone else I’ve come across so far. His name is Francis Cadieux:
He doesn’t have dark eyes like Liam does but he has the right look otherwise.
As for Mia, I’d choose Shailene Woodley. When she wears her hair in waves she looks so much like Mia it’s almost like she jumped out of my head into real life:
I can’t think of anyone who would suit the part of Dante or Hadrian but I think JR Bourne would be good as Laszlo:
What is your book about?
University student Mia Romano can see through magical disguises, but after an unhealthy relationship with a dark magic dealer, she has turned her back on her unique abilities and the magical community. However, when her friend is murdered by a demon seeking a powerful magical stone, Mia is drawn back into the world she thought she’d left behind.
The demons have already killed two innocent people in their quest for the stone, which has the power to cause dissent among the possessor’s enemies. Determined to prevent further deaths and to keep the demons from extending their domination into the human world, Mia teams up with half-vampire Liam Donnelly to find and destroy the stone. In order to do so, they must venture deep into another realm and face one of the most powerful demons in hell.
Along the way, Mia discovers that magic is more a part of her than she ever realized. She also comes to accept that she has personal demons to face which are far more powerful than any magical or supernatural adversary.
Is your book published or represented?
Nope. I’m working on revisions and after that will come the querying process.
How long did it take you to write?
About 10 months.
Which authors inspired you to write this book?
Probably Jim Butcher and Seanan Maguire. I think I’ve also been influenced by Buffy the Vampire Slayer and other books and TV shows as well.
Tell us anything else that might pique our interest in your book.
Bloodstone is written in third person pov but limited to two characters’ perspectives. It’s the first book in a series.
There is a romantic subplot but that’s something that continues through the series, rather than being resolved in the first book.
I really enjoyed writing the scenes with the two brothers as well as the scenes with the brothers and my vampire character, Hadrian (they don’t along so well). Also, a major aspect of the book is Mia’s emotional struggles. Often in books and on TV, characters find dead bodies and experience other traumatizing events and yet hardly seem affected by them. That just wouldn’t work with Mia’s personality so even as she’s trying to help the other characters find and destroy the Bloodstone, she has a lot of internal stuff to deal with too. I hope I’ve made my characters likable… I guess I’ll find out when people start to read my book!