Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Next Big Thing

The next big thing...words that can make any author twitch with excitement. Not a bad title for a blog hop, and not a bad way to find some great new authors who come highly recommended. :)

I was invited to participate in this hop by author, Lynn Crain. Her post is here: and you can find more about her current work in progress and her five recommended authors as well there. 

She's asked me to answer a few questions about my current work in progress, and since I'm up to my neck in nanowrimo, I was very ready to snatch an opportunity both to yammer on about it and also, to procrastinate a little. 
So here goes:

What is the working title of your book:
This one has gone through a few changes, I'm writing about goblins and they are fickle little monkeys. It started out as The Gentry Heart, then Gobelin Heart, then simply Gobelins, but today it has settled on Horded. 

Where did the idea come from for this book:
I dreamed it. Okay, not the goblins part, but the basic plot. The goblins were added later when I worked out that the story could fit into my new series, Kingdoms Gone.  Everything dovetailed nicely from there. 

What genres does the book fall under:
Fantasy. There's a little bit of romance in there, but it's seriously light, even for me. In fact, only this morning we had a mighty battle. I'm not going to lie. It got gory. Not your average kissing book. 

What actors would you choose to play in the movie rendition:
Well, whoever they were, they'd need to spend some long hours in makeup. Andy Serkis for Tal maybe? My human heroine could be Ann Hathaway or someone similar, but there are lots, lots of gobelins. 

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book:
A human looking for redemption teams up with a gobelin who's lost his confidence to fulfill an ancient prophecy and bring back the glory of the Old Kingdoms.

Self published or represented:
This is book two in my new indie series, Kingdoms Gone. 

Who or what inspired you to write this particular book:
The dream originally, but then the world of Kingdoms Gone, which is an aftermath sort of universe where the glory and magic of high fantasy or the fairy tale has crumbled into something less than noble. The world destroyed by the war of the lofty has been inherited by the lowly, and I wanted to see what they'd do with it. Gobelins seemed like the lowliest I could imagine and I very much wanted to try to raise them up to heroic status. 

Anything else that might pique our interest:
Did I mention the gory battle? Curses, true love, a magical castle and a gargoyle...gotta love  a gargoyle. 

The first book in the Kingdoms Gone series, Unlikely, is due out next month. If you're interested in a shout out when it launches, or in the cover reveal for Horded, which should follow a few months after, don't forget to sign up for my newsletter in the right sidebar. :)

Now to pass the torch to the next five authors. Take a look at their answers over the week by following the links below.  

~ Frances

Adriane Ceallaigh writes gritty urban fantasy. Her first book Unbound is out now, and her blog is at:

Voss Foster has his first release coming any day now! You can see the trailer on his blog at:

Jaleta Clegg writes edge of your seat scifi action. I've reviewed her books here before, but have a look for yourself at her blog:

Catrina Barton has two books featuring Tiger-shifters. Her blog is at:

Lynette Endicott has some wonderful love stories over at:

Author, Rod Raglin talks about not fitting in the "romance box" any more than I do. :) (I have to love him for htat) over at his blog:


Lynette Endicott said...

Thanks for including me. What fun!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for tagging me! :)