The Next Big Thing

by Doc Coleman on February 1, 2013 · 4 comments

in Novels, WIP

P.C. Haring tagged me on his blog with this writing meme – The Next Big Thing. This meme shows off a little about the next Work in Process we writers are working on. It is an opportunity to give readers a little sneak peek and some inside information on the next new manuscript.

First, the Rules:

1. Mention the person who tagged you at the beginning of your post (done)
2. Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress) and/or new release on your blog (see below).
3. Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them. They’re supposed to answer the questions within the week. (Personally, I hate tagging people.)

Now the Questions…

1. What is the working title of your book?

The Bright Lands

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

I wanted to do a fantasy story for NaNoWriMo 2012. The original germ of the idea was to take the typical young hero’s quest and twist it up by making the mentor the key character, not the apprentice. The apprentice would be more of the catalyst that broke the mentor’s inertia. But the more I worked with the idea, the more it changed. First it became a story told from the apprentice’s point of view, then I workshopped it on the Writer’s Roundtable Podcast and it became a YA novel, then finally I realized that with the world I had built the story transformed into a modern fairy tale.

3. What genre does your book fall under?


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

My main character is a mixed race fourteen year old girl. so we’d have to “discover” someone new for the role. Would need a bunch of teens, in fact. Liam Neeson would be great for one of the main voices of The Primus. Samuel L. Jackson would be good for that, too. Orlando Bloom would be a good choice for Randolph, and he’s played an elf before. 😀

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

When a lonely girl falls into another world, she must unlock the magic inside herself and challenge a dragon to find her way home, and discover the secret to her mother’s illness.

6. If you plan to publish, will your book be self-published or published traditionally?

Current plan is to podcast and self-publish.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your MS?

Still working on the first draft. Did 39,000 words during NaNoWriMo, but then had to back burner the project to clear other things off of my plate.

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

Harry Potter was one of the inspirations, although this story has more personal and less world-shaking stakes. I would also say there are some Alice in Wonderland influences as well.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

At the time I decided to write the book, it was partially a desire to have a story to podcast to develop an audience to help me sell The Perils of Prague to a traditional publisher, and partly the desire to do a fantasy for NaNoWriMo. Now I’m re-considering going the trad publishing route with Perils, and I’ve got a few people showing a lot of interest in this story. This story has taken on a life of its own.

10. What else about your book might piqué the reader’s interest?

I’ve created a setting where magic is dangerous. Not only does magic re-shape the world, it re-shapes the person who is wielding it. It is very risky to use magical power, but those who have the gift must find a way to use it, or the magic will find a way to manifest. How a character navigates this kind of damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t situation is very intriguing.

The Tagging

I hate tagging, so I will be in no way surprised if people just choose to ignore these. However, readers should take a moment to check out the sites of the folks below.

Dave Robison
John Mierau
Scott Sigler
Nathan Lowell
Scribe Harris

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Melissa (My words and pages) February 25, 2013 at 8:44 pm

I still so love the sounds of this one! 🙂

Sorry I’ve not been around. Getting caught up on your posts tonight. Hope you’ve been well and getting through some of what you have on your plate.

Take care!


2 Doc Coleman February 25, 2013 at 9:51 pm

I know you have. You’ve been waiting desperately for me to finish it, and I’ve had to go and finish some other things instead. Patience!

Plate clearing progresses. Some things faster than others, but stuff is getting done. The one problem with self-pubbing: so many demands on your time.



3 Melissa (My words and pages) March 5, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Oh no problem waiting at all! I’m trying to clear the plate here as well. 🙂

Take your time and I look forward to it when you are ready.


4 Doc Coleman March 5, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Very kind. I’ll try not to keep you waiting too long.



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