The Next Big Thing: I’ve Been Tagged

Jessica Thomas tagged me in this blog meme that’s been going around. I’m always happy to be tagged, but I’m not share and share alike when it comes to tagging others. All right, I’ll admit it; I always feel a little presumptuous pretending I’m cool enough to tag other authors. There’s something else, of course. There always is. I don’t have a big thing coming up. I’m in the middle of things. I’ve decided fiction isn’t for me, yet haven’t settled on a nonfiction project. If I go with my gut instinct, I will most likely become a technical writer because my brain is far more technical than it is creative. Currently, my next big thing is to have fun self-publishing old fiction, beginning with the book I’ve been obssessing over for the past several years. So I’ll go with that. What do I have to lose? Nada mas que mi locura.

1. What is the title of your next book/work?

Franklin’s Ladder Anna and the Dragon

2. Where did the idea come from for the book/work?

I entered the cave of the subconscious and found a weird dude sleeping there.

3. What genre does your book/work fall under?

It could fit into Gothic romance or magical realism, depending on how you define terms.

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

I have no idea–some guy who is just ugly enough to be handsome, and some woman who is so plain she recedes into the background. Does Hollywood hire such people?

5. What is a one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A computer scientist living on the Oregon coast travels through time to rescue her husband and future progeny from a familial dragon curse.

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

I have to laugh at this question because it implies I can hire an agent at my whim. I will be self-publishing.

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

six months

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

Because I’ve written several book proposals to send to different agencies, I’ve thought long and hard about this, and I ultimately came up with a few good answers. Sadly, they escape my mind (I’m not at home, so can’t pull up my proposals at this time). Athol Dickson is a possible comparison–if it were to be on the Christian market. It’s really not a Christian novel, though, so my original comparisons were with mainstream Gothic romance novels.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

my soggy Pacific Northwest brain, dragons, the ocean, caves, and a strong desire to not only travel through time, but to somehow become sane in the process (not through writing the book! Sanity comes through time travel!)

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

Well, now, the male protag is an acordeonista, and the female heroine is willing to sacrifice her life so she can hear him play the accordion again. What else could you want in a book?



  1. I’m looking forward to reading it. Thanks for joining the…(“fun” never seems like *quite* the right word…I dunno.)

    (You might find technical writing makes you want to chop of your hands at the wrists, but not before poking your eyeballs out with an ice pick. But then again, maybe that’s just me 😉 )

    (Seems I’m feeling a bit cynical tonight…)

    1. I honestly feel the same way about writing creative fiction. I think I took up creative writing because I thought I was too stupid to do anything else, which is a really bad reason for taking up a career. Being creative is hardly what comes naturally to me, but then I got a lot of head pats as a child and a lot of these: “It’s okay, Jill’s really super-duper creative!”

  2. The second book in the series was a lot better than the first, I thought. But the first one did have really strong character development and a powerful theme.

  3. I don’t see how I could have possibly “given myself away” as you claim. Both books are available in the time that I am from.

  4. Dudaklarımda zaman zaman morarmalar oluyor bu durum beni rahatsız etmeye baÅDÄadl±.Ÿurumu anlamak iöin estetik doktoru tavsiye etti bir arkadaşım sizce doÄŸru bir kararmı yoksa arkadaşım benle maytap geçmek içinmi estetik doktoru demiÅŸtir yoksa baÅŸka bir doktoramı gitmeliyim ?

  5. it does cross some kind of line when the anons jack people's handles. Happened to me a few months ago so I had to get the avitar and google id to prevent it in the future. There should be some things we shouldn't be able to get away with and that's one.

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