The Next Big Thing

I’ve been tagged by the beautiful and talented Rebekah Weatherspoon to participate in the blog hop known as The Next Big Thing, wherein authors discuss their latest works in progress.

So, without further ado, here we go…

-What is the working title of your book?

It’s for the Ether Chronicles, the steampunk romance series that I’m writing with my husband, Nico Rosso. All my books in this series have SKIES OF ____ in their title, but I’m not sure yet what the skies are made of in this one. 🙂

-Where did the idea come from for the book?

The very first idea for the book came from my former upstairs neighbors’ dog, who was this beautiful hunting dog that made a tremendous racket as she galloped around their apartment. Nico and I started imagining this very Gothic scenario where a woman is out on the moors and they’re met by this rather unruly dog, and then she meets its unruly (and sexy) owner. Well, due to sundry plot circumstances, the dog had to be dropped, but the same Gothic meeting and feel remained.

-What genre does your book fall under?

Steampunk romance.

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

That’s a very good question. The heroine is half East Indian, half English. Parminder Nagra might be a good choice.

As for the hero, he’s got a wild appearance (for reasons I don’t want to spoil), which includes long hair and a thick beard. The model Yiorgos Karavas would fit the bill. But my hero, Fletcher, is a Man O’ War, so just imagine this fellow, but thickly muscled and with a metal plate grafted onto his left shoulder. There may also be tattoos. 😉

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

At the edge of the inhabited world, two wounded souls find an unexpected attraction and a hidden danger.

-What is the longer synopsis of your book?

I’m so worried about giving away spoilers! Inventor Kalindi MacNeil has a good reason to want to be apart from the world for a while.  But the last person she expects to find on a deserted island is Captain Fletcher Adams, a technologically-enhanced Man O’ War. Both Fletcher and Kali have their secrets, yet they’re drawn to each other despite their continued vows to stay away. The attraction between them is almost as unexpected as the danger that soon finds its way to their hidden island. In order to combat a new enemy, will they be willing to rejoin the world? And will their feelings for each other protect or hurt them when it’s time to go to battle?

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

The book will be published by Avon Impulse, and I do have representation.

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

Still working on it!

-Who or what inspired you to write this book?

See the above question about where the idea came from.  I’m loving this steampunk world, so to create a Gothic steampunk, with all its atmosphere and mystery, really intrigued me.

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

This book is the fifth book in the Ether Chronicles, which Nico and I have created and co-written together. He writes all the steampunk Westerns, and I write the steampunk everywhere else. 😉  My steampunk books always feature Man O’ Wars, which are men who have been enhanced by technology to be stronger and faster than normal men. Plus, this technology enables them to power and fly airships, so they’re very important in the ongoing Mechanized War.

Something you’ll find in my steampunk books (and hopefully all of my work) are kick-ass heroines. They don’t scream, faint, or unwittingly get themselves into trouble. They’re smart, capable women who hold their own against some very powerful heroes.

Right now, SKIES OF ____ (Ether Chronicles #5) is scheduled to be released July 2013.

You can find out more about the Ether Chronicles here.

Thanks for stopping by!

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