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The Next Big Thing Meme: Planes Walker

Novelwriting1In my last post I wrote about my main novel project of 2012: Planes Shifter, as I was tagged by C. R. Trumbo in a Blog Hop called The Next Big Thing.

Much like writing the summary and query letters, despite being the second book in a series, I found it helpful to write about the book – and I thought it would be nice to have some background for each book I write about here.


1) What is the working title of your book?

Planes Walker is the second book in my series, following Planes Shifter. Once more, the titles have changed, so this used to be referred to as Flight of Skell.

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

The first book began with two points of view. In the re-write, I cut out the second main character completely, and the book just felt right to end at a point earlier than I’d intended. So now I’ve second one which includes the second main character and continues the story, typing up a lot of mysterious stories into a woven knot of life. It also brings me to the point I intended to end on, and in typing one extra paragraph on the final day, the whole premise of book three has a new underlying theme. It was this little possibility that inspired me to write the second one – to find that thread.

3) What genre does your book fall under?

Young Adult Fantasy, like the first (and third!)

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

Still working on it.

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

Alina, Queen of Talamh, has to restore the order to her city. However, the story of her lineage is a mystery and an old tale of the country’s origin spurs a whole new set of possibilities for her bond with Skell, and the powers left behind by her mother.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Depends on the first book. Representation, ideally.

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

27 days. It requires a couple of major revisions but I did manage to really fly through it.

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

The Immortals series by Tamora Pierce, and the impact of an origin story reminds me of the Noble Warriors trilogy by William Nicholson.

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

Knowing that Alina’s main motivation hadn’t been realised, and having a tiny glimpse at the end of the last book that I could access this thread – this tiny seed of an idea that will really make the final book reach the depths I wish to uncover.

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

It has  falcons, necromancy, magic, and Fae… and a secondary character has an adorable black puppy who is incredibly cute.

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