Tuesday, 11 December 2012

The Next Big Thing: Banshee

There's a fab meme working its way around t'interweb: The Next Big Thing.

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).

Samantha Morton

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)

Alexander Skarsgard
Devlin O'Connor: Devlin is quite tricky.  He's Irish but not a stereotypical silver tongued rogue.  He's young, but weather, handsome but scarred. Sod it. I'll do myself a favour and go for the bastard love child of Richard Armitage and Hugh Jackman. That should do the job nicely.

Hugh Jackman

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. 

Who next?

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:

Rachel Brown 

Jessica Baker
Aimee Duffy 
Incy Black
Joanne Stewart


Unknown said...

I already wanted to read this but it's so cool to get a little bit more info, the fact that you've chosen Alexander as one of your characters is so cool, he's fab. Just to confirm here in case I've not said - if you need a beta reader just holler I'm so up for it :)

Sophie Moss said...

I'm excited to read a novel by you! I'm such a fan of your flash fiction, I just know it's going to be stellar. Write fast! :) I was touched by your answer to #9. This is a very difficult subject to write about unless you have lived through it with a loved one.

Lisa Shambrook said...

Love this! So excited for all the writing going on !
I too, found your answer for 'inspiration' (9), interesting, because I've been through much of what my characters are thrown into, I was worried people might think it's me, but as authors we draw so much on what we know and have been through, so our fictional characters become much more real! My sister's bipolar, so I've been careful to base things on my own experiences and not hers, but living through things helps.

Meg McNulty said...

Thanks ladies. I think my writing is a hodgepodge of different snippets of experience, emotions and unexplored things. There's a lot of unfinished business in there too - stuff that hasn't happened but I have always wondered about. None of it is a direct A to B translation from life into fiction - it all just goes into the mix.

I think it's good to write about and talk about mental health issues, depression and suicide - the more it's demystified, the less people get isolated. Or at least I hope so.

In my book though it's standing on the other side - my heroine is treated as if she has mental health problems when in fact she's just being what she is, which is a banshee. I suppose that in and of itself is asking a bit of a question about what normal and sane really is! Reality has a lot of shades of grey.

Unknown said...

Love the idea of the Banshee. It will be interesting to travel with her as she journeys to meet her... self.