WHAT THE HECK AM I WRITING?
Work in Progress Challenge
Scott Roche tagged me with this challenge, and it sounded like fun.
1. What is the title of your Work In Progress?
I’m never really happy with my ability to name fiction. Right now, the working title for it is “Norris Tilney and the Western Wild.”
2. Where did the idea for the WIP come from?
Scott and I came up with a universe a couple of years ago that was steampunk-ish, but magic-based instead of mechanics/clockwork-based. I really liked the character that came out of that – Norris Tilney, and wanted to do more with him. Add to that the weird western stuff I’ve been doing, and this kind of fell together.
3. What genre would your WIP fall under?
4. Which actors would you choose to play characters in a movie rendition?
Wow. Um… That is a really good question, I hadn’t really thought about it… immmm…
Liam Hemsworth as Norris Tilney…
Anna Kendrick as Phoebe Carter…
Dan Stevens as Ranger James Gravis… Can he grow a really incredible mustache? That’s kind of a prerequisite for this character.
Russell Crowe as Jeremiah Long… (we’d need some special effects there, but I think he’d be awesome. And now I have to write that part as though it’s Russell Crowe. Dagnabit.)
With special guest stars Hugh Jackman as Lucius Bennett, and Cote de Pablo as the beautiful and ultra-capable Dorothy Bennett.
5. What is a one-sentence synopsis of your WIP?
A British wizard and secret agent is sent to the American Colonies to ensure that a treaty between the British Empire, the United Indian Nations, and the Republic of Texas isn’t foiled by conspiring forces.
6. Is your WIP published or represented?
It’s in progress. Not published or represented yet. Just crossed 50,000 words with a target of 115,000, so…
7. How long did it take you to write?
WIP meaning “Work In Progress”… I’m hoping to get this knocked out by Christmas 2012. (It would be a LOT earlier, but November will be completely devoted to NaNoWriMo writing on another WIP.)
8. What other WIP’s in your genre would you compare it to?
The Lord Darcy stories, with a bit of old Louis L’Amour books thrown in.
9. Which authors inspired you to write this WIP?
Scott Roche, Maurice Broaddus.
10. Tell us anything else that might pique our interest about this WIP.
My elevator pitch for this is James Bond in Harry Potter’s World during the time of Downton Abbey.
11. Finally: Tag three other Authors and ask them to complete the above interview.
Scott took most of my choices, but I’ll team-tag at least one – Brand Gamblin, because his new book is going to be awesome. Don’t ask me how I know that.
P G Holyfield