The Next Big Thing

(Cross-posted on the WriteClub blog)

I was tagged by the uber-talented Francis Knight in the Next Big Thing blog hop.  The aim is to answer ten questions about your work in progress, and then tag five more writers. I’ve chosen to do mine about the WIP I am currently wrestling with. And this does feel a bit like taking my clothes off in public, because not a single person other than me has seen this manuscript yet. I still feel vulnerable.

1. What is the title of your book?

It’s called THE WHISPERING FEAR, and I have to give credit to Dave Gullen for suggesting the title.

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

Following on from SUFFER THE CHILDREN, I wanted to write another horror novel based on a mythical creature. It was my husband’s idea to use a creature based on the idea of a lich.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

Supernatural horror.

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

This is a bit of a fantasy wish list. My characters are all in their 20s and my knowledge of younger actors is limited.

David – the ambitious young doctor who gets possessed by the lich. Benedict Cumberpatch would probably do a fine job.

Mark – the hero, and David’s geeky best friend. He’s a version of my ideal man (I have a thing for geeks), only everyone on my ‘most fanciable men’ list is getting on a bit now. Perhaps Cary Elwys, in his ‘Princess Bride’ days.

Elizabeth – Mark’s equally geeky girlfriend, who’s a crack shot and undefeated in the world of zombie slaying video games. Maybe Kate Winslet, circa ‘Titanic’.

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

A group of live-action role players unwittingly release an ancient evil that threatens to destroy the world.

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

I don’t at present have a literary agent. I am hoping I can find someone to publish it, but I haven’t started shopping it around yet.

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

About seven months, to write the first draft – I started it in October 2011. I’m now on the third draft.

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

In many ways it’s similar to SUFFER THE CHILDREN, but that’s one of mine as well. It bears a passing resemblance to Stephen King’s IT, probably.

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

Stephen King remains an inspiration, and my style has been compared to his on more than one occasion.

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

Since I am a live action role-player the references in this story are realistic, and I think anyone who indulges in this hobby might like the LARP scenes. It’s also got a kick-ass female MC.

Most of the writers I know have already been tagged for this, and I had trouble finding people who aren’t already playing. Here are my five – all writers I have only met in cyberspace. Some of them may well have already been tagged, and for that I apologise. I also emphasise that there is absolutely no obligation for them to take me up on this, but you should check out their blogs anyway, because they are worth following.

Diane Dooley
Carolyn Arnold
Aheila
Ken Hoss
Jen Campbell

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