A New Fantasy Experience

The Excursion: THE NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP

Invited to join THE NEXT BIG THING by the wonderful Dellani Oakes, author of The Ninja Tattoo, I will do my best to follow in her footsteps. She was invited by Marta Moran Bishop, the author of The Between Times.

WHAT IS THE WORKING TITLE OF YOUR BOOK?
At the moment, I am finishing up the third novel in a series. The tentative title is The Excursion – Translations from Jorthus:  Book Three.

WHERE DID THE IDEA COME FROM FOR THE BOOK?
A map of the ocean floor in my college geology book. I imagined that the ocean floor was actually the landscape where a group of adventurers wandered in order to accomplish some dire task.

UNDER WHAT GENRE DOES YOUR BOOK FALL?
It is a Fantasy tale, epic in proportion, yet contains some elements that could be classified under the Science Fiction genre.

WHICH ACTORS WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO PLAY YOUR CHARACTERS IN A MOVIE RENDITION?
Although I can imagine several actors in the primary roles, I have a hard time pinpointing any that epitomize the characters as I see them. I started the story many years ago, so I would have to say that the actors I would choose to play the roles may not fit them anymore because of aging. Regardless, a younger Ewan McGregor would make an excellent Keinigan the fae thief; Lylith, the spellsinger, could be a mixture of Natasha Richardson and Miranda Otto; the last main character, Lord Dharromar, a mysterious fae swordsman could be best described as a combination of an older Orlando Bloom or Ben Barnes, a younger Jude Law, and a touch of Johnny Depp or James Purefoy.

WHAT IS THE ONE-SENTENCE SYNOPSIS OF YOUR BOOK?
With chaotic magic threatening the very orbits of their worlds, the wicked are forced to become heroes, and the honorable become legends.

WILL YOUR BOOK BE SELF-PUBLISHED OR REPRESENTED BY AN AGENCY?
I chose to self-publish the first two books in the series in order to have creative control over format and the art involved. Not being opposed to gaining a publisher (especially an independent or small publisher) at this time, I believe the last two books will also be self-published.

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE THE FIRST DRAFT OF YOUR MANUSCRIPT?
Because this was part of an entire series, the actual writing of the first draft took about six months to complete.

WHAT OTHER BOOKS WOULD YOU COMPARE THIS STORY TO WITHIN YOUR GENRE?
It could be compared to an adult version of the Narnia Chronicles, in a way; with elements from Grimm Faeries Tales and Out of the Silent Planet.

WHO OR WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK?
My family was a huge influence on my desire to write, but I began writing this series for my best friend, Khanada. Once separated by distance, we shared our love for creating by sending short stories and scenes to one another by mail.

WHAT ELSE ABOUT YOUR BOOK MIGHT PIQUE THE READER’S INTEREST?

While the series contains familiar fantasy and faerie tale elements, the archetypes are used in nontraditional ways. The personal and political complications of the characters’ lives are intermixed with the context of a larger cosmic struggle. I feel this is indicative of the Great Web of Life that connects all sentient beings.

Look for these sensational authors next week!

Tracy Angelina Evans:  tinhuviel.livejournal.com

Kara Owl:  miintikwa.livejournal.com

Heather Poinsett-Dunbar and Christopher Dunbar:  triscellepublishing.wordpress.com

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