The Next Big Thing

I was tagged by the loverly Kim Curran to do The Next Big thing meme that’s been making the rounds. It was a lot harder than I thought it’d be!

What is the working title of your book?


Where did the idea come from for the book?

I started a book with an adult Micah Grey, but was having trouble writing such a jaded, adult character and a mystery. I decided to write a short story about my character’s teenage years in a circus. I tapped into that voice right away and fell in love with the story.

What genre does your book fall under?

Young Adult/Fantasy/Gaslight Fantasy

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

This is really hard!

For Gene, Saoirse Ronan:

Aenea: Anna Popplewell

For Drystan: Maybe Alex Pettyfer. (Note: have not actually seen him act in anything)

Ringmaster of R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic: Javier Bardem, though he needs a bushy, waxed mustache and a pudgy belly. I think he’d be great at capturing Bil’s character.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A daughter of a noble family and a runaway trapeze artist in R.H. Ragona’s Circus of magic have a secret that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.

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

15 months. :-X I didn’t write consistently and worked on other projects as well.

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

Oh, man. This is hard. Take one part Water for Elephants, add Alanna from Tamora Pierce’s books, and swirl together with a secondary Victoriana world with some Scott Lynchian elements. I guess that sort of works.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Smooshing together a lot of my favourite interests and settings, and celebrating diversity in YA in a hopefully non-preachy manner. (It is diverse, despite how white-centric the main cast is, unfortunately. At that time period of the world, there wasn’t as much immigration between islands of the Archipelago due to strained tensions between them.)

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

In addition to the usual thrills of a circus, I have a possible phantom, a clockwork head, some kissing, crossdressing galore, and a pantomime play interwoven throughout the circus in iambic pentameter.

And I now duly tag:

Wesley Chu, my book brother, author of The Lives of Tao (Angry Robot, May 2013)

One of the new members of Anxious Appliances, Steven Poore, currently waiting in the Open Door trenches for the verdict on Heir to the North.

Ingrid Jonach, contender for sweetest girl alive and book-with-the-coolest-title, author of When The World Was Flat (And We Were In Love), (Strange Chemistry in 2013).


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