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Ten Questions on WIP:

Posted on December 26, 2012 by Jim

1. What is the working title of your book?

The Name of the Sword, book 3 of The Gods Within. But that's just a working title, and it may change depending on whether or not I can wrap the series up in 3 books.

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

I wanted to write about the good and evil in all of us. I think all of us possess some of both, but in extreme cases there is a monumental struggle between those two aspects.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

Epic fantasy, with strong young adult (YA) elements.

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

  • Olivia: Helen Mirren
  • Morgin: I'm having trouble coming up with the right actor for him.
  • Rhianne: Emma Stone

And then I have to come up with separate actors for Morgin and Rhianne's alter-egos in the past, Morddon and AnneRhianne.

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

Can we overcome the evil within us?

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

Self-published by Telemachus Press, LLC, and hopefully with editing by Durell Kurlinski.

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

Still in progress, but I've been working on the plot elements for several years.

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

It's not unlike David B. Coe's Winds of the Forelands in that the hero must grow, and overcome the demons within before he can properly fight the demons without.

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

Morgin and Rhianne inspired me. I thought first of their characters, and the story took off from there. They both must struggle to find themselves, and each other.

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

I love a good red-herring, or ten. But when the reader discovers the truth, it can't be a complete surprise. The writer has a responsibility to include the proper clues in the story so the reader's reaction is something like, "Of course, I should have seen that coming."