Thank you so much, Cassandra Janey, for nominating me for this award! I’m so excited to receive it and can’t wait to share information about my WIP (“work in progress”) with you all! In case you were wondering, “The Next Big Thing” Award is a chance to tell your readers about your latest writing project. I’m thrilled to give that information below:
What is the title of your book?
The Uncanny Disappearance of Gerhardt Flandersen
What genre does your book fall under?
Fantasy, steampunk, adventure, young adult
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Twelve-year-old Gerhardt is an aspiring engineer and when his steam engine is stolen by a motley crew of boy-thieves, his only choice is to join them on their airship as they run from a powerful magician whose desire is to make the boys pay a long-standing debt.
Where did you get the idea for your book?
This story idea came to me one night when I was sketching. Oftentimes, I’ll be drawing characters (just for fun) and I’ll begin to attach names, back-story, and plot ideas to them. Such is the case with Gerhardt. I drew a young boy on a scrap of paper one night and soon, his story started to grow in my mind.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The story was heavily influenced by my desire to write a thoroughly “fun” young adult novel. My other novels have been more intense in their subject matter and I wanted something that was almost “swashbuckling” in its level of excitement and adventure.
How long did it take you to write first draft of your manuscript?
Still working on it. 🙂 I’m about 52,000 words in and my goal is to make it between 80,000 and 85,000 words.
What other books would you compare this story with in your genre?
I’m not entirely sure, to be honest. I suppose if I had to be pressed, I might say it is similar in “feeling” to Lindsay Buroker’s Emperor’s Edge series if only for the steampunk and magic elements. However, my world works vastly different than the world in her books and my protagonists are much, much younger, with different goals.
What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Can I be lame and say I have no idea? Honestly, I’m not big up on the child actors these days and I have no idea who’s “big” right now. I could go back through all my old 80’s and 90’s favorites, but that might seem strange…LOL.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Indie published all the way, baby!
What else about your book might pique your readers’ interest?
I can promise you adventure, magic, steampunkery, and…CUTE ANIMALS! I won’t give too much away, but there is an adorable creature that features very prominently to the story and it might be the cutest thing ever…
My nominations are…
Lindsay Buroker — an INCREDIBLE fantasy/steampunk author with a website that will knock your socks off with its helpfulness!
C. Nault and M. Findley — a dynamic writing duo, working on their first collaborative novel!
Have a terrific Tuesday, everyone! More information about The Uncanny Disappearance of Gerhardt Flandersen will be coming soon!
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