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Week Nine of The Next Big Thing

Thank you to Angela Scott for tagging Frog and I in Week Eight of The Next Big Thing  The Next Big Thing is a weekly Blog post where tagged authors talk about one of their works in progress.  Here is the interview about our upcoming novel, Grace Under Fire which will be out from Skywarrior Books in November.

What is the working title of your book? 

Grace Under Fire, Book 1 in The Gift of Grace Trilogy

Where did the idea come from for the book?

The whole concept for the magic in the book came from a friend’s kids who wanted to know how summon spirits.  We started there, but ended up in a whole new place.  In our world certain individuals are born with the ability to summon things.  This includes spirits, objects and/or forces.  You can’t create them, but you can move them around from place to place.  Without Summoners, the barrier between the various worlds would fall apart.  Most of humanity doesn’t get this, though; that’s why summoning is also considered a felony.

Our first short story in the world, entitled Blood and Spirit, won the League of Extraordinary Writer’s contest in 2011.   We had so much fun with that short, but we’d come up with so many ideas we weren’t able to use.  We decided to explore the world more with a full novel, and then when that wasn’t enough, a trilogy.

What genre does your book fall under?

It’s Urban Fantasy, mostly geared toward adults but it should also appeal to YA readers. Robert, one of the two main protagonists, is seventeen.

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

Esther:  Kristin Chenoweth for Grace. Petite, fearless and just a tiny bit crazy.

Frog:    Oh sure, I get to pick the teenager.  OK, give me a second.

Here we go:  Jack Gleeson.  *ducks*  No, no; hear me out.  Robert starts off the book a snooty teenager, and grows from there.  We know Gleeson has the acting chops, and we know he can do snooty.  The fact that everyone hates the character he currently plays is a testament to his capability.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

When an entire Grove of Summoners is wiped out at once, Summoner Grace Moore and her accidental apprentice Robert struggle to deal with the demon that killed them, a threat from another dimension, the police and (worst of all) each other.

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

It is published through  Sky Warrior Books.  They have a lot of talented authors and their site can be found here.

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

It took us about four months to write the zero draft.  We did lots of revising, though!

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

This is always a difficult question, since authors are so close to their own work.  According to our beta-readers it has a very Dresden-like feel.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Our friend Crystal inspired us to write. She literally pushed us down this road in the beginning. She believed we could write an awesome book way before we did.

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

Written in first person, both Grace and Robert have a fun, somewhat snarky feel to them.  Underneath that all, they are two very different characters forced by circumstance to rely on each other.  In the beginning, neither trusts the other; Robert believes Grace has sold her soul for power (as this is the common myth about summoners), and Grace believes Robert is wild and unstable. 

Despite this, the two characters must learn to work together if they’re going to survive their battles.

The unique magic system, the multiple levels of conflict, the dynamic characters, and the fast-paced action will hook a reader in, then keep them there.

Tag you’re it! You’re week number 10 (post next week)

Deby Fredericks (Also writes as Lucy Ford)
Fallon Jones
Kaye Thornbrugh
S. A. Bolich
Rhiannon Held
Rules:

***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress) ***

Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them. It’s that simple.
Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:

What is the working title of your book?

Where did the idea come from for the book?

What genre does your book fall under?

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

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

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

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

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

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

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