I was tagged to do The Next Thing by Coral Russell, the lovely author and blogger at Alchemy of Scrawl.We are doing The Next Best Thing, which is ten question about a WIP.
What is the working title of your book?
The last book in the Crown Phoenix series is called The South Sea Bubble.
Where did the idea come from for the book? I already had my story in place from the previous book, but I started to obsess about bathyspheres and postboxes. I played around with those ideas and came up with the framework for the book.
What genre does your book fall under?
Steampunk, but my books are set in the Edwardian era, not the Victorian age. My stories have loads of adventure and a little bit of romance.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
My beautiful, magical governess, Mana, becomes the Queen of Lampala. Zoe Saldana would be perfect for that role. As for the rest of the cast, I'd love for some unknown young actors to pick up the roles of Miriam, Simon, Lizzie, and Ninna.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Lizzie and Ninna learn how to be nurses in a hospital where mysterious things happen at night.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? My book is published through Myrddin Publishing, an author collective.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I suppose it's a bit like Hugo. My real influence, however, was Enid Blyton. She's dated, especially in her world views, but my goodness that woman could create great adventure stories.
Who or What inspired you to write this book? Enid, as I said. I was also inspired by the music of Angelique Kidjo, a wonderful singer from the country of Benin. In fact, I based the language in the book on some of her lyrics.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Hmmm... if you like antique machines mixed with quantum physics, as well as adventure and Edwardian characters, you might give my series a try. It should be ready to purchase in September. Now I'm tagging these excellent authors: