I have been tagged by Andi Cumbo in The Next Big Thing meme. You can read about Andi’s Work In Progress (WIP) on her blog andilit.com. The rules for this meme are:
1) Answer the ten questions below
2) Tag five more people to share about their WIP
1. What is the title of your WIP?
I actually have three “works in progress”. Two of them are completed manuscripts and one is in the very early stages of development (I’m on chapter eight of the rough draft) and is the one I refer to on my page or in writing groups as my WIP, but for the purpose of this blog post I’ll discuss the two complete ones for now…clear as mud? Great. Here we go.
1. Empyrean (which I’ve shared the most about)
2. Where did the idea come from?
The original seed for each of these stories came from a “What if?” question. At some point while running, writing, or driving I thought “Wouldn’t it be cool if…” and then started developing the idea and writing it all down as soon as possible.
3. What genre would your WIP fall under?
Empyrean: Science Fiction
Searcher: Science Fiction with elements of Fantasy
4. Which Actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition of your story?
Empyrean is the only one I’ve actually given some thought to with regards to this question. I would choose Jada Pinkett-Smith or Zoe Saldana for Jahira, maybe Vin Diesel (for the voice) or Chris Hemsworth (Thor) for Krnar, and Robert Downey Jr. for Magnar.
5. Give a one sentence synopsis of your WIP.
Empyrean: An alien prophecy meets a human quest for survival in this other-world science fiction adventure.
Searcher: The fate of a world’s demi-gods rests in the hands of a criminal, how can he make them believe what he has seen?
6. Is your WIP published or represented?
Empyrean: was represented but is not at the moment. I’ve been querying for about four months now. Not published.
Searcher: No and no
7. How long did it take you to write your WIP?
Empyrean: Four years and counting…and editing.
Searcher: One year
8. What other works within the genre would you compare it to?
I would compare Empyrean to James Cameron’s Avatar (though it was complete before Avatar came out, and my world doesn’t get blown up). Searcher is sort of like Powder, but on his planet instead of Earth.
9. Which authors inspired you to write?
Anne McCaffrey and Orson Scott Card are two of my favorite genre authors and two of my earliest influences in science fiction and fantasy. There are dozens of authors whose work I admire and who continue to inspire me, but these two stand out in the crowd.
10. Anything else that might pique our interest.
Both Empyrean and Searcher take place on very unique and very different (from each other) worlds that I created.
What do you think? Anything else you would like to know?
I’m tagging Maryellen Brady, Vaughn Roycroft, Jamie Raintree, Sarah Fox, and James Knapp (because I want to know more about The Burn Zone!)