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The Next Big Thing

I’ve seen this going around other blogs but didn’t really pay too much attention to it until I was tagged by Barb Caffrey (hey Barb). Barb recently inked a deal for her novel, Elfy, with one of the publishers I’ve written for (Twilight Times Books). We’re also working on a steampunk/alt history story (I think that’s what it is; it’s moving along slowly and it’s meandering a bit). She does book reviews with me over at Shiny Book Review and is very patient (since I don’t do as many reviews as I used to).

Well, without further ado, let’s get this Next Big Thing started.

Anyway, here are the rules:

  1. Give credit to the person who tagged you
  2. Post the rules for this blog hop
  3. Answer these 10 questions about your current work
  4. Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can go over and meet them.

First I’ll list Larry Atchley, Jr. He writes some pretty fun stories and we are both in Lawyers in Hell.

Second, Scott Oden. He, too, is in Lawyers in Hell but I was far more impressed with his historical fantasy stuff, primarily The Lion of Cairo, which I reviewed over at SBR once upon a time.

Third, Rusty Fisher. Zombie guy. He writes some fascinatingly fun stuff and, well, yeah. Zombies. Lots of ’em.

Fourth, Michael H. Hanson. He’s my editor for the Sha’Daa Pawns anthology and all-around nice guy.

Lastly, Sarah A. Hoyt. Because I can (and she’s been tagged in this already, I’m certain).

Oh, bonus person: Dean Wesley Smith. Indy publishing guru and brilliant writer. Smart, funny and capable. I read his blog for a lot of advice, plus he’s married to the dynamic Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Lucky guy.

Now let’s get the next part of this started.

What is the working title of your book? Wraithkin (I’m going with the one that’s furthest along and not finished)

Where did the idea come from for your book? Oddly enough, the SF movie Gattaca. I found myself finding holes in the society’s rules and quickly realized I had a novel in the works. Throw in a parliamentary monarchy, a brewing civil war and an alien invasion and you’ve got one crazy book.

What genre does your book fall under? Science fiction

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie version? This one is easy, because I have their pictures next to their bios on my profile building file. Allesandro Juliani would play Gabriel, the star of the book. Other primary characters would be Ryan Reynolds as his best friend, Esau; Gabriel’s love interest would be played by Tina Benko, and his enemy/ally Joshua would be played by Dominic Purcell. One of my favorite secondary characters, Sergeant Griffin, would be played by Duane “The Rock” Johnson, because he’s the only actor big enough.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Once everything is taken away from you, how far would you go to take it all back? I’m a sucker for a mysterious one-liner.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Probably neither. The publisher I want putting this book out accepts unagented solicitations, which gives me some leeway.

How long did it take you to write your book? Well, this is rewrite #4, so about three years now. It originally was written in a year, but various changes, plot shifts, characters being introduced and deleted, has left it far fuller than ever. And I still have two more edits to go.

What other books would you compare this to within your genre? I’d probably guess Armor by John Steakley, A Hymn Before Battle by John Ringo and maybe Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, merely because of the military SF element involved. At heart, though, this is a love story.

Who or what inspired you to write this book? As I said, a movie. But to expand upon that, I found myself asking what would happen when society has determined that people with genetic defects do not meet their needs, and are taxed into serfdom and chemically castrated so that they can no longer taint the rest of their perfect society. The illusion of perfection — I call them “Imperfects” and “Perfects” — is what drives this plot.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Wow, uh…. it’s very intense. I’ve tried to delve into the mind of a damaged warrior who is out searching for the one he loves most, and the path of destruction he leaves in his wake as he tries to find her. Also, people interested in good old stories of loyalty, friendship, honor.

Okay, so today’s Next Big Thing is done. Hope you enjoyed it.

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3 responses to “The Next Big Thing

  1. Barb Caffrey December 15, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Jason, I’m glad you were able to do the “Next Big Thing” blog chain ’cause I really enjoyed reading about “Wraithkin.” And of course I also hope to read it in its final format ASAP. (But don’t overstrain, either. No pressure, really.)

    Thanks for the kind words about my patience, etc. — some days I’m more patient than others, but I do understand the extreme time constraints you’ve been dealing with. (Perhaps some of that will lessen in 2013. One can always hope.)

    Now to go point some more folks your way . . . .

  2. Pingback: And the Next Big Thing Chain Continues with Jason Cordova « Barb Caffrey's Blog

  3. Larry Atchley, Jr December 23, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Thanks for tagging me Jason. It made me smile when you said I write some pretty fun stories. I really enjoyed yours in Lawyers in Hell and Sha’Daa Pawns, as well as your novel Corruptor. You bring the dark and tongue-in-cheeck humor into your stories very well amidst the action and drama. I’m looking forward to reading Wraithkin when it is done.

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