Why am I enjoying it so much? Because it's a chance to find out more about what some of those writerly peeps I tweet with and write with are up to.
The variety is breathtaking!
I'm super lucky to have been nominated by no less than FOUR other amazing authors: mythological muses Melpomene Selemidis, Chris Ledbetter and NaNoWriMo buddies Laura Jamez and Lisa Shambrook.
So what's it all about? Simple. I just answer some questions about my Work in Progress!
1) What is the working title of your book?
"Banshee". Keep it simple, I say.
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
Funnily enough, I've written about this before. The suggestion that I should write about came from my husband. You can read the conversation here. I'd tried my hand at paranormal before, but never quite nailed it so I'd given up. I'd had a whingy weather witch and a fiery fae but all of the characters were unconvincing. My banshee gripped me though. I could feel she had a story to tell. So I asked myself what that would be like - being a banshee? How would people react to you? What would it mean for your life? And that's where I started.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
It's definitely paranormal - hovering somewhere between romance and suspense with romantic elements.
4) Which actors would you choose to play in your movie rendition?
Ooh tricky! I use pinterest to help guide my descriptions but lamentably, not enough of my pins are actors and actresses, so let me think...Tara Donovan: Pale and otherworldly, capable of great vulnerability but also power. A young Cate Blanchett or Samantha Morton (more for her vibe than her looks).
Sean Donovan: Smooth and cool but intense it has to be Alexander Skarsgard (that one was easy)Sean Donovan: Smooth and cool but intense it has to be Alexander Skarsgard (that one was easy)
5) What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Stalked by shadows and under threat of incarceration on a psychiatric ward, the last thing that Tara Donovan needs is a detective on her tail - but Devlin O'Connor's quest for answers will give Tara the chance to face the one thing that truly terrifies her: herself.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I haven't a clue, as I haven't explored either yet!
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It's still a work in progress - I wrote 50,000 words in November 2012 and hope to have a 90,000 word novel completed by January 2013. I did a lot of thinking and work on the characters ahead of November though!
8)What other books would you compare this story to?
Some of the themes in the book resonate with Sherilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series or Stacia Kane's Downside (not Downton, as I nearly always call them) Ghosts. There is a theme of recovery, of fragmented families and the conflict between worlds - and dealing with your own demons, real and imagined.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The deeper themes in the book and in a lot of my writing are in part inspired by a much loved friend who suffered severe mental health problems, biplolar disorder and psychotic episodes. I lived that with her and it had a profound impact on me. She died a couple of years ago and I think I explore and re-explore some of my feelings about her experiences in a number of different ways. Tara isn't her (she is very different), but Tara's feelings about being in hospital and her sense of panic about that most definitely are.
10) What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
In Banshee contemporary London clashes with the Other World, the past seeps into the present and the present into the past, bound by a thread of passion which cannot be denied. With demons, banshees, murders and mysteries, this story will drag you from the street lights of London to the moonlit fields of Inishmore in a quest to uncover the past and reclaim that which was lost.
It behoves me to nominate five other writers who I am DESPERATE to find out more about. NaNo-buddies and romancers sit up! I am nominating YOU: