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I was asked by author Steven Montano
to participate in this fun bit of Blog Tag. I considered declining, but he was babbling something about poking me with a pointed stick, so I relented. He’s an amazing author, but I think he might be a bit off his rocker. Anyway, apparently this whole thing originated from the She Writes website
. Uh, I’m referring to this Next Big Blog thingy by the way, not the pointed stick. If you’re an author and I tagged you for this blog hop, your instructions are at the end of this post.
Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:
1. What is the working title of your book?
Angel of Shadow (Wormwood Book 2)
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
Mostly from daydreaming and listening to music. The darker and moodier the music, the more vivid my imaginings. Also, Angel of Shadow is a sequel to Wormwood, so I already had much of it plotted out before I started writing.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
Post-Apocalyptic / Paranormal / Fantasy
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4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I had so much trouble with this question, so I posted it on Facebook in order to get some suggestions. The responses I received were amazing, and even helped me better understand how my readers see Wormwood’s characters. It was fascinating! A thousand thanks for all the suggestions. Here’s what I went with:Tiamat: Ian Somerhalder
or Karl Urban
(his pic is above). Both have dark, brooding good looks (according to a very special fan!) and I think either of them could bring out that intensity that’s essential to Tiamat’s character.
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: Natalie Portman
. This one was tough. I needed someone youthful, yet mature and intelligent with serious butt-kicking capabilities. Portman recently had an extremely physically demanding role in the film Black Swan, and she's one of the few that fit the role of Wormwood's strong-willed protagonist.
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Richard: Cillian Murphy
or Michael Fassbender
. They have both been seriously creepy in previous roles and would each add their own special something to the role of Wormwood’s demon.
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Through a post-apocalyptic landscape on the brink of a Nephilim war, Kali and Tiamat race to hunt down the demon, Richard, before Kali’s deadly new powers completely consume her.
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It will definitely be self-published. I have better things to do than send out reams of query letters simply for the chance to sign Angel of Shadow’s rights away. I suppose I can’t say I won’t change my mind in the future, but for now, I’m quite content the way things are.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I’m not finished yet, but I expect it will take about a year from the time I started it. If all goes well, that means it will be finished by late spring, 2013.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
It’s a bad-ass, dark, post-apocalyptic version of Hush, Hush or Fallen, but with a STRONG female protagonist, a dangerous love interest, a more adult story-line and a plot that will leave you winded. Quite frankly, this series is about as romantic as the Underworld movies. Guys will enjoy it too.
9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
My readers. They really want that sequel! If I don’t get it out soon, there’s a good chance they’ll show up on my doorstep.
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Not only does this series have a strong female protagonist, but its Nephilim are deadly killers, the landscape is bleak and the love interest is a powerful and charismatic half-angel. Oh, and there’s a twisted demon too. Prepare for fighting, blood, love, suspense and plenty of twists.
For readers of Wormwood, this next bit is for you:
Angel of Shadow continues on exactly where Wormwood left off, with Kali walking towards the encampment, intending to pass her virus on to the survivors there.
In some ways, this book is even darker than Wormwood. It’s written in first person, so you will be in Kali’s mind as she is overcome by her new abilities. Like a living shadow, it seeps in and affects her thoughts, slowly clouding her mind with darkness. Yet she fights the descent every step of the way with Tiamat at her side. Together, they race to hunt down and kill the demon, Richard, before her mind is irrevocably lost.
So if you’re an author and I tagged you for this Next Big Thing Blog Hop, read on. If not, then thanks so much for popping by to read about my latest WIP. You can also read on if you’d like, but then I’d have to kill you. Oh no wait, that’s something else. Sorry. If you read on, it will be boring. That is all.
Here’s how it works….Rules of The Next Big Thing
Use this format for your post (I have to confess that other participants had this blurb at the tops of their posts. Guess I just can't follow the rules, can I?)
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.
Your blog post would need to be up between November 5th and the 9th . If you are on She Writes
you put the post up there too. Your Blog post will be labelled: The Next Big Thing Blog Tag.
Here are the very cool authors I’m tagging.Les FloydCraig HallamShelli Johnson R.M. DuCheneRiana Lucas
This is so exciting for me! I just did my first ever live blog radio show. I have to admit that I was nervous as hell before getting on there, but once I was doing it, I managed to mellow out pretty quickly. At least I think I did!
The show is called The Author's Nook, and it's hosted by Joey Giggles out of Staten Island, New York.
On the show, I cover the basic stuff about my book, like Wormwood's overall synopsis and the plights of some of the characters. I also talk a bit about how I researched it, the influence of various religions and mythologies upon my work (with respect to the apocalypse), the writing process and my publishing decisions.
This interview was a lot of fun and I'm so thankful to Joey for having me on his show. If you'd like to hear a replay of the radio interview, please click below:
Not only can you win an ebook copy of Wormwood
(yay!) at Christina Condy's fantastic Recent Reads
blog, but there are other books up for grabs too (awesome!) You can enter at the click of a button. How easy is that? Plus, it's to celebrate Christina's birthday. Now, you really don't have an excuse to miss it. I hope you'll pop by! :)
Just click here
or on the image to your above.
The wonderful Laura Thomas of FU Only Knew Book Reviews
has kindly nominated me for some cool blogging awards
. Thank you, Laura! I'm embarrassed to admit that I don't have the time to act upon it, but I just wanted to post a big thank you
Laura, you rock! :)
Here is this week's contribution to Six Sentence Sunday, from my post-apocalyptic / paranormal / thriller, WORMWOOD. Enjoy!
“Hey, don’t look so distressed, Baby,” Brian said as he slithered closer. “He obviously left because you’ve got a real man around now. Want to see how manly…”
Almost of its own accord, my fist flashed out and punched him squarely in the face. The force of it knocked him so hard he reeled backward and landed right in the bushes, his legs splayed absurdly apart like he was some silly cartoon character.
“Go to hell,” I told his legs triumphantly.
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Thanks to everyone that entered the Mayan Calendar Contest for a free ebook copy of Wormwood.
The question to be answered was this:
What is the exact date the Mayan Calendar ends?
Anyone that correctly identified ‘the end’ as being on Winter Solstice, December 21, 2012, was entered into today’s draw. The winners were selected using the True Random Number Generator on Random.org. So without further delay, here they are:
1. Darla Broadwater (entry #26)
2. Tiffiny Palmer (entry #4)
3. David Forsyth (entry #10)
4. Greg Swanson (entry #19)
5. Lynda Dickson (entry #22)
Congratulations! You will all be contacted shortly with information on how to download your free ebook.
Just for fun, here are two of my favourite comments:
"Mayan Calendar ends 21 December 2012. Darn, looks like we're gonna miss Christmas." Exactly, Karleene, exactly.
And Cindy said, “it ended when they ran out of room on the stone :-)”
A huge thank you to everyone that entered: Thank you!!!
I hope each and every one of you has a fantastic weekend.
As many of you know, the Mayan Calendar ends sometime this year. This has lead to some people speculating that THE WORLD WILL END the moment the Mayan Calendar ends.
I'm not sure if I want to believe this one, but I DO think it would make a GREAT CONTEST for a post-apocalyptic book!
Here's how you can win one of five ebook copies of Wormwood....
To enter the contest, simply tell me the exact date that the Mayan Calendar ends.
Click here to enter your response.
For extra entries, tweet about the contest with the hashtag #WormwoodContest (it's important that you use the hashtag so that I can track your tweets - a necessary step if I'm to give you extra entries... so don't forget!) You must enter the contest first in order to be eligible for the extra tweet entries.
Contest closes at 11:59 pm on August 31st, 2012. Good luck!
Wings of the fallen, Garrette
On September 1st, five winners will be selected using Random.org.
Once again, each of these winners will receive a free ebook copy of Wormwood!
Here's a blurb about the book: (or check out the trailer on the right)
Against a devastated landscape, a legion of one hundred fierce half-angels is hell bent on purging the Earth of all humans. But one of them, the tormented Tiamat Wormwood, struggles against his mission, and when he rescues a beautiful woman named Kali, he finds the attraction as troubling as it is miraculous. Can Kali trust the one creature who could be responsible for her ultimate demise? Beautifully written and excitingly told, Wormwood creates a world that is as strange as it is compelling. Filled with brilliantly executed twists and turns on every page that are guaranteed to keep you guessing, Wormwood is one of the most exciting debuts of the year.
Okay, here's my second contribution to Six Sentence Sunday. This is an excerpt from my post-apocalyptic paranormal, Wormwood.
Stay focused and get the hell out of here, I told myself firmly as I felt my knees weaken at the sight. I reached blindly for the solidity of the rock beside me, numbly gazing at the cooling lava, blackening over the torn, exposed earth. Fallen, broken, matchstick trees lay scattered and jumbled for as far as the eye could see, far outnumbering the forlorn trees that were left standing here and there—like a few remaining soldiers wading through fields of the dead. Lakes, whose locations I knew intimately, were simply gone, in some cases replaced by new protuberances of exposed rock. There were some new lakes—large, silty and debris-laden—that occupied areas which were never before under water. And surrounding everything was the eerie stillness, like I was the last living thing around for miles…
Don't Diagnose Me, "a Site dedicated to those who suffer from invisible conditions such as Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia and Hypothyroidism," is giving away free e-copies of my book, Wormwood. Head on over, show your support for those suffering from invisible conditions, and maybe even win an ebook in the process. If you know anyone that suffers from an invisible condition, please invite them to check out the site and maybe even join the Facebook group. This is a great place to trade advice and support each other. If you don't mind doing so, it would be so appreciated if you shared this message. These conditions are invisible, so chances are high that you know someone who suffers from at least one of these ailments, and you don't even know it. Please show them your support.Here are the links: Don't Diagnose Me
(website link to contest. Please visit and comment)Don't Diagnose Me Facebook Group
(great place to go for support - whether you need support or have some to give).
I just found out about a cool little thing called "Six Sentence Sunday" where authors share six sentences from one of their books. Here's my contribution for the week, from my book, Wormwood.
Tiamat relaxed and closed his eyes again, as though his body wasn’t quite ready to keep them open. “Kali, as I told you when we last saw each other, I do not doubt your abilities,” he said, his voice soft. “Am I bleeding much?” he asked after a pause, opening his eyes a crack.
“From what I can see, you’re only bleeding from this cut on your head here,” I said as I thoughtlessly reached toward him.
In a flash, he was up on his knees and right arm, scrabbling backward in an attempt to get away from me. But the instant he put weight on his left arm, he roared and fell over in agony.