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The Next Big Thing Blog Hop- Week 15

Greeting everyone. Today I am listing my contribution to the Next Big Thing
Blog Hop. It’s like a chain letter that’s not creepy, annoying, and is actually
fun. It’s a great way for writers to promote themselves and inform people about their works. Each writer answers ten questions about one of their current, upcoming, or works in progress, and them tags a few other writers to keep the ball rolling the next week. I will be answering questions about my current release.

Before I get started with my answers, I would like to send a huge shout out to Quanie Mitchell over at Quanie Talks Writing for tagging
me last week. Quanie’s w.i.p. The New Mrs. Collins is in its final editing
phases
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Be sure to stop by her blog and take a look around…And now
for my 10 answers.

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A new edition of this book is now available.–Click.
What is the working title of your book? The title of my
published book is Eternal Curse: Giovanni’s Angel.
Where did the idea come from for the book? The idea for this book came from areoccurring dream about a gray man who turns into an angel, but that’s not thestory I wrote.
What genre does your book fall under? It is considered to be
fantasy, spiritual fiction, and to some speculative fiction.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? That’s a tough question because my main character is so odd. I think I’d have to choose an unknown for the role of Giovanni (the hero). I think I’d pick Naomie Harris to play Mira (love interest) and as for Abraham (the father figure), I might need two actors if I’m going to show him as young and old, but I have no suggestions at the moment.                                                                            IMDB->
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? A gray man meets a woman online who helps him discover his true purpose in the world, only to find out that he is not of this world.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I have self-published my book. To learn about this, visit my Info. tab or go to this link https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/236158.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? It took me
about a year to write the first draft of my manuscript and another year to work
out all the kinks.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Many people have compared the story to an unusual take on the classic Beauty and Beast tale. I agree with that assessment, but also consider my story to a bit prophetic in the sense that it has a character being singled-out as “the one.” Such is the case with stories like the Matrix (the movie) or The Wizard of Oz. In these stories, on character becomes “the one” that will solve all the problems.                                                    IMDB->
Who or What inspired you to write this book? I was inspired to write the book because my mind wouldn’t stop thinking about it until I did.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? This book is part of a 3-4 part series. The second draft of the sequel is complete and an outline with three chapters of the third book is complete. The Eternal Curse Series will
travel back and forth through time following the life of Giovanni and will open
up a world of angels, demons, and half-breeds. Even the fate of the world may be involved at some point.

These images are just place holders for the future book covers and not meant to be cover drafts, though the symbols were created and do belong to Toi Thomas, with the exception of the 3rd image.

When did fiction become so Speculative?

Someone posed this question to one of my social networking groups recently and though the topic was very popular, I don’t know that an answer was ever given. I guess the question is a bit vague. It’s not like all fiction has actually become speculative, but this genre has become very popular as of late. The term speculative is so broad that it’s not too hard to understand its popularity. There is something there to appeal to a great many people across the board.

Speculative fiction encompasses sci-fi, fantasy, horror, supernatural, paranormal, and all sorts of alternative reality themes including those with historical, romantic, and political undertones. The Speculative fiction umbrella is so vast that many like it and don’t even know they do, while some think they like it and actually don’t. I think it’s the term itself that’s really been getting the buzz lately.

As popular as the myriad of speculative genres are, fiction still stands strong and stands strong all on its own. Depending on the circles in which one travels, Speculative fiction may not even exist. I know lots of people who read fiction and have no idea what Speculative is. These people read historical novels, crime and suspense novels, romance novels, and so much more. People do still write stories that tell the tales of ordinary every people without any undertones of supernatural happenings, or creatures, or technological wonders of the past, present, or future.

I think maybe that sometimes people get so involved in the happenings of their social circles that they forget that everyone isn’t a part of their world. I know I’ve been guilty of that many times. And while I’m content to continuing working my series of Speculative spiritual fiction, that doesn’t mean I don’t take the time to step out of that world and experience something else from time to time.

This is an unofficial Author Insights post.

An Empty Mind is a Good Thing

My mind is empty for the moment, but it’s not writers block. This is exactly what I wanted. I needed to clear my mind for just a little while so I can regroup later. As I’m writing this, everything is slowly coming back to me. How I got here and why.

First, I made myself a cup of tea. Second, I watched an old cartoon episode on youtube to clear away all thoughts of literary pursuits. Then I went into the living room, sipping my tea along the way, and sat with my husband for a few minute as he watched TV.  I asked him a question about the game that was playing. This is always fascinating to me. I know nothing about sports, but I like to hear my husband talk about them. He’s so passionate about it; and even though I don’t always understand what’s going on, I do enjoy watching the game in hopes of witnessing a touchdown or a good tackle. When I’m watching hockey, I like to yell at the TV; it helps me to feel like I’m there in the arena.  By the time my tea was finished, my mind was a complete blank. I pat myself on the back as I head back towards my computer.

Now I’m ready to regroup and write. That’s what all that was for after all. So here I am writing a blog entry I should have written a day ago. Even after I finish this, I will take another break. I’ll be watching one of my favorite TV shows, just to, again, clear my mind and regroup later.

After my show, I’ll be ready to add another tidbit to the ebook companion guide I’ve been working  on for the first installment of Eternal Curse: Giovanni’s Angel. After that, I’ll brush up another one of my short stories. Pretty soon, I’ll have enough of them brushed up to send to beta-readers and finally an editor. The last bit of writing I’ll do tonight, will be for a romance I just started, well sort of. I started it ages ago and forgot all about. I guess that’s why I send myself reminders to clean up my files every couple of months. Here’s a another, novel-length story, just waiting to get out there and be read by the masses. Sometimes, for me to be a good writer, I have to stop writing. I’m glad I know that about myself.

This is an unofficial Author Insights post.

Breakdown & Write

Today has not been a good mental and physical health day. I think, no I know, I over did it throughout the week and even this weekend. I can’t complain too much; I actually did some creative writing today. I had a bit of breakdown today, but I guess all artists do from time to time, though I don’t know how much of an artist I am. I write, I like it, it makes me happy. If I have to have a breakdown from time to time just to get some rest so I can start up my writing mojo, I’ll do it.

I’m being a little silly right now, but I’m also being a little serious too. Life sometimes seems unnecessarily hard and it makes me crazy, but if I can just have a few moments to read some creative words and then write a few of my own, I think I’ll be able to make it through.

So while I’m not letting up on the marketing efforts of my Eternal Curse book, I am focusing my writing on a collection of story stories. I’m just about finished with the companion guide I wrote for the Eternal Curse book and will need to have it edited before releasing it. I’m pretty sure this will be a free e-release to help build up the buzz for the actual book. My short stories are very precious to me and I want to make sure I give them as much love and care as I am giving to the Eternal Curse Series.

This is an unofficial Author Insight post.

This blog is for words.

So, to say that things are moving along slowly for this writing blog would be a little ridiculous. I keep forgetting that I have it. I’m too busy writing to remember that I need to write on my blog about my writing. AHHHHH!!!

So, let’s just start over calmly.

I just re-released my first book Eternal Curse: Giovanni’s Angel the way it should have been done in the first place. I’ve been a little overwhelmed with the process of marketing my book by myself. I’m also trying to keep my mind focused on my writing. I am working the sequel to EC :Giovanni’s Angel  as well as a collection of no-related short stories.

Trying to find the time to do everything seems impossible, so I just do what I can, when I can. As for this blog, it has taken a back seat to my other blog. I have set no schedule for this outlet simply because I have enough other schedules to keep. I’ve decided that this blog will be more laid back and relaxed. This will just be a place for writing. I may from time to time throw in a picture or video, but for the most part, this blog is for words.

This is an unofficial Author Insights post.