So I’m supposed to answer some questions that hardly anyone is interested in, then guilt ten more people into doing it too? Forget that. I’ll do it for giggles, but I refuse to put anyone else on the spot.
1) What is the title of your next book/work?
I haven’t decided whether I want to write another Princess Marina book or another Phoenix Chronicles novel. I am kind of waiting to see how after-Christmas sales go.
2) Where did the idea come from for the book/work?
I can’t remember who originally told me mermaids were supposed to be the “next big thing”, but I hope they were right. I have been wanting to write something with mermaids for quite a while. Everything clicked when I went to a webinar that showed how to make internal hyperlinks in an eBook. I then knew I could make an interactive storybook, hopefully something popular!
E.L. James gave me the idea to covert my fanfiction so I could sell it. Unfortunately, my books are NOT enjoying the level of popularity inherent in Twi-hard fandom. >pout<
3) What genre does your book/work fall under?
Well, Princess Marina is definitely children’s, specifically girls. The Phoenix Chronicles are space opera.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Hmm. I got the cover images for Princess Marina from a stock photo site. I’d love to use that model for Marina. King Neptune should be Chris Hemsworth. Queen Calypso should be Phylicia Rashaad.
The Phoenix Chronicles characters are already cast because it started as seaQuest fanfic. If they ever really did a movie, there might be issues with ages and the fact two main actors are now deceased. Roy Scheider will forever be Jason Armstrong to me. When I write lines for him, Roy’s voice says them in my mind. However, since he can’t say the lines for a camera, I suppose Sean Connery could fill in, or maybe Liam Neeson. Steve Kowalski could be played by Shia LeBeouf.
Chris Evans should play my original character Chuck Kendall. Mary Sue Watkins should be Rosie O'Donnell or Camryn Manheim. The dirty Admiral Underhill from Telepaths and Traitors should be Alan Arkin. I have no idea who would play the sadistic Frenchman, François Beauregard, from Hard Time. He would have to be carefully cast. I think Scarlett Johansson should play Gianna Valentino from Gynocracy.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
If I write another Phoenix novel, I am completely out of fanfic plots and would have to start from scratch. I have no plot in mind right now as I am not even sure I will write another one. All my Princess Marina books are essentially just about sea creatures and ocean environments with very loose plots revolving around “what should Marina do next?” so the reader can choose the way the story goes.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
ROFL That’s a good one. Do I look like I need to spend any more years collecting rejections and ripping my gray hair out? Agents and big publishers had their chance. I begged, groveled, and spent thousands of hours jumping their hoops and waiting by mailboxes. They all blew me off.
I really don’t expect any of them to ever want me, but if they did, THEY will have to do the wooing this time. That’s right. Come tell me your big marketing plans for my work, oh high and mighty ones. And if said lofty gatekeepers don’t have plans to fund my marketing, pay me a healthy advance, or get me in brick-and-mortar stores, then why do I need THEM? Nope, I am so DONE with the old system.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Which one? I have written eight novels and several children’s books. The Marina books take almost no time at all. I spend more time formatting, finding interior pictures, and putting together covers for those. Novels take about six months.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I have no idea. I do find it hilarious that two people have said that my Phoenix Chronicles felt a lot like Star Trek.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Isn’t this basically the same question as number 2?
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
Sheesh, I dropped names like Sean Connery, Shia LeBeouf, and Chris Hemsworth, yet you, snobby meme-maker, want even MORE? C'mon. A mermaid with blue hair who plays with dolphins, sea otters, penguins, and a pet octopus is not enough? I give up.