The Next Best Thing…Write on, write on!

I’m hyped to have been tagged by horror writer extraordinaire John Allen as his choice for the next best thing!

Rules are: Answer ten questions about your current Work In Progress on your blog. Tag five writers / bloggers and add links to their pages so we can hop along to them next.

What is the working title of your book…
The working title is Colony.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I’ve always dug space dramas. I cut my teeth on the original Star Trek series. Later, I became addicted to the predator movies. Most especially Predator vs. Aliens in which Sanaa Lathan received the tribal markings of a predator warrior! This triggered my “what if” mode. As in: What if the earth was dying, and aliens saw this as an opportunity to harvest our planet? And what if these aliens used every tool at their disposal– including love and sexuality?

What genre does your book fall under?
Colony is a space opera, which in layman’s terms, means science fiction emphasizng melodramatic adventure, set in outer space. Romance, wars, space travel… How cool is that?

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
My main character Allandra is strong, sexy and intelligent– as well as being handy with a laser gun. So I’d love it if Erika Alexander would play the lead role.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Allandra has always dreamed of life on other planets. But this mission she’ll find more than she ever dreamed of.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I might shop around for a publisher. But chances are, since I’ve become a stubborn Indie author that I’ll publish it myself.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It took me about three months. Hopefully, I’ll be finished with it by early next year.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Colony is a space opera, so my genre is not unpresedented. But the direction I chose is.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I was inspired by the mind-bending space operas of Ronald Jones, author of Warriors of the Four Worlds, and Angela Nicole Parker, author of Spectar of War. The battles in both novels are edge-of-your-seat, bloody conflicts, with suspenseful, human plots. Right up my alley.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Readers can check out part I of Colony on smashwords. Or dowload a free copy of Probe (first chapters) on smashwords or barnes and noble nook. I’ve also posted a few chapters on this site. Colony is definitely a break from my previous works. It’s hard science fiction with a techie, futuristic feel; which takes me out of my fantasy/drama comfort zone. But that’s what makes it so much fun.

Below are the links to the next chain of authors, who will be posting next Wednesday. Be sure to bookmark their sites and add their new releases to your calendars.

Write on, write on :)!

1. Quinton Veal: SF/Fantasy Art and Erotic Poetry/Fiction

2. Aker: Futuristically Ancient: Afro-Futuristic Fiction, Art and Performance

3. Phenderson Djèlí Clark: Horror and Speculative Fiction

4. Taj Sonchai: SF/Fantasy Art and Fiction

5. Author DjaDja Medjay: Speculative and Afro-Futurism Fiction


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