So here I am, in my first ever blog hop. I hope what follows whets your appetite for what I can’t wait to set free. Remember, it's my first time so be gentle.
I’d like to thank fellow Author S.I. Hayes for nagging (kidding, maybe) me to participate. Now, on to the questions!
1: What is the working title of your book?
2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
I’ve always loved the Arthurian stories. From The Sword in the Stone to The Mists of Avalon to Camelot, I’ve always had this fascination with the tales of the boy who would be king and those who surround him. For the longest time, though, there were certain aspects of the story that I didn’t like; Morgana was always the antagonist and Igraine always marries her rapist. And then I saw the incredible miniseries The Mists of Avalon and I was able to see past all the old story conventions and had a sort of permission to take all that I had loved and hated about King Arthur and rebuild it from the ground up.
3: What genre does your book fall under?
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
With a cast so big, I’d be here forever listing them off. Instead, here’s a sampling:
Arthur - Cole Sprouse
Lancelot - Alexander Gould
Morgana - Lalaine
Vivian – Mila Kunis
Gaheris – Jake T. Austin
Nimue – Jennifer Love Hewitt
Emrys - Asa Butterfield
5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
King Arthur, reimagined.
6: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Self publishing is an option for me but I am hoping to have it done through a publisher I don’t want to name, mostly because they have no idea who I am.
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Let’s see, I started around 2000 and, um, hold on… Yea, um, technically, I’ve yet to finish a first draft, per say, as I’ve rewritten it numerous times without actually finishing it.
8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I would not presume to compare it with what’s out there. That being said, it would be wonderful if, once it’s done and out in the world, kind readers saw to compare it to Marion Zimmer Bradley and T. H. White. It’s good to dream, right?
9: Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I wanted Morgana to be something other than the bad guy and Igraine to not be raped and married to the bastard. Basically, I wanted to pen the Camelot story I wanted to read and hopefully others will want to as well.
10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Arthur is not perfect; he has issues (mostly body ones) and spends a lot of time confused about who and what he is. He’s not the old, wise king of other versions; he’s a kid who finds that he is someone other than who he always believed and struggles to live up to the legacy of a father he never knew was his. Oh, and he's bisexual.
Below you will find authors who will be joining me by blog next Wednesday. Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on WIPs and New Releases!
Naughty dreams, Stalkers!
1 Abby Jones
2 Stephen L. Wilson
And here's S. I. Hayes' information, in case you'd like to wander over there:
Blog: A Writer’s Mind, More or Less