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Hello! Welcome to my small little corner of the Next Big Thing Blog Hop Tour! The Next Big Thing is a short series of questions about a current work-in-progress. I was nominated by the lovely J. Keller Ford over on her blog. She’s working on a short story, and you should head over and check it out!

To be honest, I’m a little hesitant to participate, as the book I’m working on currently is not one I plan to get published soon. I’m still in the practicing stage, writing a book to hone my writing skills and to finish something I would not be embarrassed to let friends and family read. However, this sounded like a fun exercise to get me thinking (especially the synopsis question!) and give you a little taste of what I’m working on the past few months.

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1: What is the working title of your book?

At this point in time, I’ve been referring to it as Water Chosen, though I’m not convinced this title will stay. I’ve been trying to find something more encompassing of the whole story, but it was the Water Chosen character and the events surrounding her that inspired me to delve into the story, so that’s what I’ve been calling it.

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

I’ve been writing in this fantasy world for years now, and building its history as a result of fleshing out my stories. This book tackles one of the historical events that results in a significant change in the world that impacts later stories. As I delved more into the characters that originate from this time period, I realized I had a fascianting story that I wanted to try to explore and bring to light.

3: What genre does your book come under?

Water Chosen is an epic fantasy, though I think it is more character-oriented than some epics usually are, especially with only two point-of-view characters.

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

Wow, I have no idea. I haven’t really given it thought.

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

Some of the last of their kind, the immortals Calthjan and Athiijan must get a small group of their people–including one who is the Water Chosen–safely to their Elders, a task that becomes more dangerous and ever more important to more than just themselves as a demon-infested world continues to crumble around them.

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

I do not actually have plans to publish this book in the near future. I will certainly look into this at a later time, but right now I am honing my skills as a writer, finishing a book I would not be embarrassed to have friends and family read.

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

I wrote this book during November NaNoWriMo in 2012, so it took under 30 days to write the first draft.

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

That’s a hard one… I’m hesitant to compare my work to any establish author’s, as I am still learning. However, I’m a big fan of Brandon Sanderson’s works and the way he handles character arcs, and some of that character preference I believe makes it into this story.

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

This book is a culmination of too many inspirations strung out over the years to name them all. However, my interest in these particular characters would not be so great at all without the encouragement and idea-bounding help of one of my best friends. I also wanted to explore the relationships between the characters during this difficult time, and how they survived and evolved through it.

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

This story is, at heart, a story about love, loss, friendship, loyalty, and overcoming impossible odds. Throughout the book each are tested and strengthened and explored. I think these things are close to all of our hearts, and we like to see how other people experience and handle each of them. It has certainly been a journey for me, and I hope someday it can be a journey for someone else as well.

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And there we have the questions! Thanks for reading along, and thanks again J. Keller Ford for the nomination! Here are my nominations to spread the questioning bug: Jennifer M Eaton, Novels From the Ground Up, Fran Roberts (Inkings and Inklings), and Cristian Mihai.

Teegan

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