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The Next Big Thing: SEVEN KINDS OF HELL

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So, this is a blog-hop, which means I got tagged to share the answers to the following questions about my forthcoming book, and will tag five (er, four) other writers to share news about their new books.  I first met Leigh Evans, who tagged me, through friends, but we got to really know each other while rooming together at World Fantasy.  I had just a few minutes to start reading the ARC of her debut The Trouble with Fate when it was cruelly torn from my hands. I immediately ran to per-order it--and you should too.  It's out this Christmas!

And so, to the questions:

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I'd been struggling with two books.  One was set in the Fangborn world I first described in "The Night Things Changed."  The other was the archaeological thriller I'd been toying with.  It turned out, they were both part of the same book, so archaeological thriller + Fangborn = Seven Kinds of Hell!

What genre does your book fall under?

Urban fantasy.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I stink at this, and always pick out people no one's ever heard of.  But since I'm constantly watching television and saying, "ooh, what about her?" this is what I have so far.  My protagonist Zoe is like Mary Elizabeth Winstead (in "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World") and I think Ray Stevenson may make an excellent version of my bad guy.  Will, her first love, is a cross between a younger Jeremy Renner and a younger Matt Damon.  Hugh Jackman and Benedict Cumberbatch can have any other parts they want.  Helen Mirren, too.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Archaeologist Zoe Miller discovers she's a werewolf and Fangborn, with the keys to Pandora's Box, a world-ending prophesy hanging over her heard, and too many powerful enemies.

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

Seven Kinds of Hell will be published by 47North and I'm represented by Josh Getzler of HSG Agency

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It was written over the course of two or three years, if you count all the bits that were false starts. After I realized Zoe Miller was a werewolf, about a year.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I've always said it was "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" meets "Raiders of the Lost Ark" meets "X-Men," which to me is a TV show, a movie, and a comic book.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I got to know the Fangborn, and love exploring that world, when Charlaine Harris and Toni Kelner invited me to contribute to Wolfsbane and Mistletoe.  I promised Tess Gerritsen I'd someday write an archaeological thriller.  They're the godmothers, really.  A trip with Tess to see archaeologial sites in Turkey provided a lot of the setting and atmosphere.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
Zoe's archaeological interests stem from my own work as an archaeologist.  I am not a werewolf, however. 

These are the fine folks that Leigh tagged along with me:

Here, in the cut-and-pasted words of Leigh:

Carol Berg: "I didn't mean to fall in love but I did. I dare you--you try to read past chapter three of Transformation without falling head over heels for her Seyonne. Which is odd, because I'm pretty sure that wasn't Carol's intent. She writes fantasy. Her books are full of layered scenes, and beautiful prose. Her world building skills are envy-worthy. Still got me though. I had a huge crush on Seyonne.  Hold on to your hearts, girls. She's writing another series..."  

Ellie James:  "What a lovely heart this writer has! Ellie has written a gripping YA series about 16 year-old psychic named Trinity Monsour that is sure you grab your interest, if you like New Orleans, and novels that are a wonderful mix of mystery, magic, and romance."  

Kerry Schafer: "Did you hear about the girl who wrote such a good book that she was plucked from the anonymity of twitter's #bookcountry community, only to be awarded with a two-book contract from Penguin? That's my pal, Kerry. You'll want to read her book, "Between". Because it's awesome, with dragons, and penguins, and doors that lead to unexpected dreamworlds."  

Kassy Tayler: "There's a couple of reasons I like this woman. First, she likes dogs. That's a very good thing. And secondly, she's talented. Her  book, Ashes of Twilight, is a Dystopian steampunk that has been earmarked as the series that will give Hunger Games a run for its money!"   

And here are the folks I'm tagging next!  You're it!

Got Bones?
Toni L. P. Kelner
I've been a fan of Toni's award-winning writing since her Laura Fleming books, and wait until you see her new series, starting with The Skeleton in the Armoire (as Leigh Perry)!  I'll let her tell you about that next week! 

Got Greywalker?
Kat Richardson's
latest novel Seawitch, was #3 on the Locus Hardcover Bestseller list for November!  Kat and I got acquainted via anthologies Wolfsbane and Mistletoe (which Toni edited with Charlaine Harris) and most recently, Murder and Mayhem in Muskego.

Got Horror?
Christopher Golden
:  Award-wiinning and best selling author of (deep breath!) fiction, non-fiction, adult and YA, collaborations, and comics.  You name it, Chris does it!  

Got Work?
Elaine Viets
has TWO series:  the Helen Hawthorne "Dead End Job" mysteries, and the Josie Marcus "Mystery Shopper mysteries."  Elaine and I are both members of the Femmes Fatales (as is Toni), and she'll be posting her Next Big thing blog there.