Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Next Big Thing Take 2

The Next Big Thing Blog Tour has circled around here again ... this time I'm letting the lead author on a Work in Progress, my friend Dawn Treadway, take over the blog to answer questions about her concept for the Children of Sheol series and the first book, Dark Dreams, which I'm thrilled to be credited on.  Dawn ... take it away ...

(To backtrack to the last post in the tour .... visit my friend Rory Ni Coleiain's blog ... http://rorynicoileain.wordpress.com/2012/10/24/the-next-big-thing/ )


What is the working title of your current book?

Children of Sheol: Dark Dreams

Where did the idea come from for the book?

My original thought when the book popped into my consciencness was of woman in an outdoor bazaar who sees a mysterious man move through he peripheral vision in a distant corner of the market. She was immediately excited by his presence. His repeated appearance in her life was where I intended to begin a foundation for a plot. This scene eventually turned into Nias's visit to Jade's bookstore, where she does actually see him, almost like a shadow, in her peripheral vision for the first time.

What genre does your book fall under?

Dark Dreams is definitely a paranormal romance, but with a slight lean toward a fantasy. In the book Girl meets beautiful alpha male and trouble and love combine into a perfect romance. However while their love develops, we take them on a long and twisting journey into the depths of a Hell. This world was fully created by one girl's (that would be me, Dawn) vision of what a dark and at some points beautiful place the underworld could be. The creation of this world and the journey aspect of this book, I believe pushes it just past the confines of a straight romance.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie?

This, I'm afraid is a question I would have a huge problem answering. As my fellow writers will probably attest to, we make our characters bigger than life. To then assign them to someone else's face is so difficult. The male lead, Nias’s, attitude would be almost Vin Diesel's cocky take charge bad boy, Riddick, in the original Pitch Black movie. But his looks are far more sleek muscular panther, like Alexander Skarsgard. Jade Shear would be a bit easier because she is all about personality, the actress would just have to grasp her sassy tone and increase in paranormal power.  Possibilities for Jade are Zooey Deschanel or Emily Blunt, with red hair of course.

What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?

Dark Dreams is a love story between an ordinary girl, who just so happens to be an empath, and a gorgeous insatiable daemon that wants to drag her into Hell.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I want an agency for the support and experience they can provide. As I am not an expert I think having our first book represented would not only be helpful in promotion and direction and getting a good deal but also just as a learning experience. I look forward to working with a seasoned professional in the business.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

6 months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I don’t know what books to compare it with honestly.  I think many writers feel their work is unique LOL …

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My inspiration came in the form of necessity. I was in a situation personally that I no longer wanted to be a part of. I suppose this was my first step out, into an exciting world where perfect gorgeous bad boys fall madly in love despite their best efforts to resist and semi-ordinary women become powerful daemon fighting bad asses and live happily ever after.

What else about your book might interest the reader?

Personally my favorite piece of this book is the demonology, and all the interaction with the dark demons. The way they move, how they look, their lineage and their own, excuse this pun, demons.


The first chapter of Children of Sheol: Dark Dreams, is still posted on the So You Think You Can Write web page here ...

And there are five other excerpts posted here on this blog in October ... check them out!!!!

Don't forget, tomorrow the Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog make their first stop at each other's blogs and are guesting here.  It should be exciting!

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