The Next Big Thing: Hard Winter: The Novel

I’ve been tagged by Kate Jonez in ‘The Next Big Thing’ that’s going around. The challenge is to answer 10 questions about an upcoming book, then tag more author friends to answer the questionnaire the following week. Kate answered questions about Eks and Candy House, both of which sound well worth checking out (although you’ll have to wait a bit for Eks as it’s not placed yet).

Here goes with my questions and answers.

1. What is the working title of your next book?
Hard Winter: The Novel

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
Two answers to this –
1. The novel is an extension of a short story, published by Eternal Press, and came about because quite a few people wanted to know what happened next.
2. The idea for the original short story was a scene in my head – the frozen waterfront at Liverpool and a huge tidal wave rolling up the River Mersey towards it. As to where that scene came from? No idea.

3. What genre does your book fall under?
I guess a little bit Science Fiction (with the future setting and the frozen world) and a little bit Dark Fantasy (with some of the inhabitants).

4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Very difficult. Keeping the choices to current living and working actors… Possibly Ewan McGregor for the role of Norman. He has both the acting ability for the emotional changes in the character and the physicality for the action scenes. Having watched her in Hunted, Melissa George would be good for Sally. Finally, macho Jason Statham for Captain Price. That’ll do.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The glacier is advancing, pushing ahead of it things that should not exist, things more deadly and terrifying than the prospect of a frozen death.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I am very fortunate that Omnium Gatherum have picked up the book for publication. It should be available early next year I hope.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
The original short story was written quite quickly – one of those ideas you just have to run with, and keep running until the end. The novel required a lot more thought. I don’t really know how long it took to write (I must start noting down the date I start things) but I’d been thinking about it ever since the short story was published back in 2009.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Difficult. I can’t think of any I’ve read that directly compare, although the adventure style of Edgar Rice Burroughs certainly had an influence in parts.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The main inspiration for the novel came from my own desire, and the expressed wishes of several reviewers and readers of the short story, to continue the story. Inspiration for the short story came from the ‘vision’ I mentioned earlier and a wish to write something different from the ‘straight’ horror and science fiction I’d done previously. A lot of my stories start with the intention of writing something a little different for me, a challenge if you will.

10. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
The future apocalyptic setting combined with old world mythology and the development within the main character – who is a less than admirable selfish coward at the start. Plus there are Norsemen and wolves. Oh, and giant trolls.

That’s me done. I hope you found it intriguing enough to read the book when it’s released. Thanks for reading.

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