Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Next Big Thing for Me and Ciel!

The marvelous Kerry Schafer (one of this year's Debs over at The Debutante Ball where I blogged every Friday last year) has convinced me to participate in The Next Big Thing meme that's been wending its way through the blogoshpere. Click here to read about her next big thing, which sounds really cool!

Here are my answers to the question:

What is the working title of your next book?

QUICK FIX. Actually, that was the working title, and now it's the official title. I waiting for my copy edits on it. Sometime after that, I'll get the first pass pages (where it looks all typeset, like a real book). That's my last chance to change anything--after that, it's out of my hands.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

The deep, dark recesses of a deranged mind. Bwah-ha-hah!

What genre does your book fall under?

Urban fantasy. Specifically, light urban fantasy, which I like to call LUF. I LUF the funny!

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

I see Ciel (when she's being herself) looking something like this version of Hannah Spearritt, only with greener eyes. Ms. Spearritt is probably a little too old to play Ciel now, so I'm open to other suggestions.

Billy I've always seen as a Matt Bomer or Ian Somerhalder type. Again, they might be a bit long in tooth to play Billy, so I'd have to go back in time and fetch a younger incarnation.

Mark? Hmm. A rough-around-the-edges, hunky blond. Maybe Charlie Hunnam, or a younger Daniel Craig, would do.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Gaaah! I HATE trying to sum up a whole book in one sentence.

Okay, how about: "QUICK FIX, like its predecessor IN A FIX, is one damn thing after another, only with a baby orangutan instead of Vikings."

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

I'm repped by the incredible Michelle Wolfson of Wolfson Literary Agency. QUICK FIX will be published by Tor. It's due out Aug. 20, 2013.

Oh hey, look...apparently you can already pre-order it! Alas, no cover image yet. Unless they've put one up since I wrote this post.

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

That's hard to say. I had started it even before IN A FIX sold, and then I had to stop while I edited IN A FIX. With all the pauses...maybe a year? I'm really lousy at keeping track of stuff like that.

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

I've heard that if you like humorous paranormal stuff, like books by MaryJanice Davidson and Katie MacAlister, you should enjoy my Ciel Halligan books. I hope that's true!

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Not to sound too woo-woo about it, but I have to say Ciel herself. She started talking to me one day (after I saw her name on a license plate), and just wouldn't shut up.

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

Let's see...did I mention there's a baby orangutan? And booze and food and sex, oh my! Oh, and you get to meet Ciel's parents, her other two brothers, and Auntie Mo. You think your family is complicated? Ha! You got nothing on Ciel.

This is the part where I'm supposed to tag other people to play. A lot of you have probably already participated, so I tell you what...anyone who wants to do it, consider yourself tagged! You may blame me for it. :)

P.S. Sorry, but you'll have to hump along without a camel pic this week. I'm hoping the baby orangutan will make up for that. 


Kimberly Sabatini said...

I can't wait!!!! Can I get dibs on the #1 spot in the ARC tour?

Linda G. said...

K-pop -- Absolutely. First come, first serve. :)

Anne Gallagher said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to read it.

Linda G. said...

Thanks, Anne! :D

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Oh, boy! A baby orangutan, huh? Can't wait!

Diane Henders said...

I can hardly wait! Love your actor picks for your characters - they're just the way I imagined them from your books.

And hey, baby orangutan... what's not to like? :-)

Carol Kilgore said...

Cool! Looking forward to Quick Fix :)

And a camel.....although Baby O is kinda cute :)

Patsy said...

Congratulations on the new book.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

"QUICK FIX, like its predecessor IN A FIX, is one damn thing after another, only with a baby orangutan instead of Vikings."

Really? That's all you're going to tell us? You are such a tease, Linda!

Judy,Judy,Judy. said...

I know you can only write so fast but August of next year seems forever away!

Al said...

An Orang is No substitute for a camel!

Linda G. said...

Susan -- Yes. A very SPECIAL one. ;)

Diane -- I know, right? I love orangutans. So adorable!

Carol -- Never fear, the camels will return. Eventually.

Patsy -- Thanks! :)

Dianne -- Sorry! I'll be revealing more as time goes on. Didn't want to burn everyone out on it too early. ;)

JJJ -- It'll be here before we know it! :)

Al -- How about an orangutan riding a camel? Wouldn't it be cool to find a picture of THAT?

Huntress said...

Whoa! '...and booze and food AND sex...'

Holy cats! What a combination. Sounds like a Seinfeld episode involving salami.

(btw, love your favorite quotes)

Linda G. said...

Huntress -- LOL! Salami does lend itself to humor, doesn't it? And, yeah, those quotes pretty much sum up my philosophy on life.

Delia said...

We get to meet Ciel's parents?! How far away is August again? *stares at calendar* *waits*

Linda G. said...

Delia -- Pssst...I'm sure there'll be another ARC tour before August, if that helps. :)

Unknown said...

Ooooh! I LOVE the title QUICK FIX!! And that's AWESOME that I can preorder it already!! :D

Awww. And a baby orangutan? CUTE! When I was a kid I wanted to be a primatologist! I really love all kinds of monkeys!!

Can't wait to read!

Jennifer Shirk said...

You had me at orangutan. LOL

Dawn@Lighten Up! said...

You had me at booze and food and sex.
Oh my!
You're amazing, Linda. I am so happy for you, and you deserve your success. :)