The Next Big Thing

Thank you to my fellow writer and critiquer from Egoboo WA, Carol Ryles, for tagging me in the Next Big Thing. The game here is that writers answer a string of questions about their work, describing what will be their Next Big Thing and then tag five other writers. Those writers answer the same questions and tag other writers. So here goes:

1: What is the working title of your next book?

Reunion: Book Two of The Siaris Quartet

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

Now that’s a Big question! The world of Siaris goes back to childhood visions and dreams, and its key characters appeared during my teen years. The material for this particular set of novels was first written between 18-29 years old, but it has needed extensive rewriting to take the leap from dramatized world history for an audience of one to a fully functional novel sequence for public viewing.

3: What genre does the book fall under?

Fantasy with a capital ‘F’; Epic, High, Dark…all of those!

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

Hmm….juicy question.  Off the top of my head, youthful versions of French actress Emmanuelle Beart or Cate Blanchett as Riana (the heroine), Jason Isaacs as Xereth (he played Lucius Malfoy/Captain Hook), Alan Rickman as Skain (leader of the ‘fallen gods’)…oh, Johnny Depp has to be in there somewhere. Okay, he can play Maeran/Maegren, Riana’s ‘lost love’.  Angelina Jolie as Sirene (who jilted Xereth with poor results), Kristen Stewart as Sitia (Xereth’s daughter), Orlando Bloom as Aeron (Riana’s brother), Matthew McFaddyen as Ravin (the only viewpoint character who is actually human) and Salma Hayek as Lenea (the immortal Guardian he loves).

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

Otherwise known as a tagline: Immortal love was never meant to be broken, but the road to restoring it is beyond imagining.

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

Reunion will be published by Musa Publishing (USA) on February 8, 2013 ie; very soon! Musa published the first book in the quartet, Daughter of Hope, last June.

7: How long did it take to write the first draft of your manuscript?

It’s impossible to say, as the first draft was written for my own enjoyment over many years in bits and pieces. The first revision into ‘publishable novel’ form took about 8 months to write.

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

I can’t think of any obvious comparisons, but one reader of the first novel, Daughter of Hope, likened it to a meeting of Harry Potter and Avatar. Another reader likened the creation of ‘atmosphere’ in it to Juliett Marillier’s novels.

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

Visions of a vast world, dreams of angels, and large doses of Tolkien set the ball rolling. As far as Reunion and The Siaris Quartet itself goes, the  inspiration came from finding a few hundred pages of the story in an old packing case, and the realization that it could be worked into a state where other readers might find it beautiful and/or fruitful.

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

For readers with a passion for feathers, wings and immortals, this is the book for you! For those who dream of conversations that run like silent strings of pearls, you’re in the right place. For lovers of deep world-building and characters with heart, Reunion is for you too, with love.

Reunion: Book Two of The Siaris Quartet will be available from Musa Publishing from February 8, 2013.


If you’d like a taste test, Daughter of Hope: Book One of The Siaris Quartet can be found here.

Now to tag. To the next five, it’s your turn: Sharon Ledwith, Clarissa Johal, Liz deJesus, Author Lauren Hunter and Keith Yatsuhashi.


6 thoughts on “The Next Big Thing

  1. I really admire writers who build worlds! That’s a skill all its own! Cheers and best wishes for making all your publishing dreams come true, Joanna!


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