The Next Big Thing

Some of you might remember last week’s mention of gaming author Erin Evans. Thanks to her, I’m involved in a questionnaire/chain letter thing that’s kind of fun. Be sure to check out the authors at the bottom. You’ll meet some talented new people that way. 1) What is the working title of your next book? Fiction:Rio Sangre Nonfiction: Precious Cargo: Applying Bodyguard Tactics to Family Safety   2) Where did the idea come from for the book? Rio Sangre: Uncertain. It started with me thinking about quantum physics, then a bad pun, then zombies. Nonfiction: My experiences as a martial artist, serial traveler, husband and dad. 3) What genre does your book fall under? Rio Sangre: Young Adult science fiction Precious Cargo: Parenting and Martial Arts 4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition? Rio Sangre: Mostly kids in it, and I don’t follow child actors. If it got picked up, anybody hot right now would be too old anyway. Precious Cargo: Not really applicable, but I could totally see that serious guy from America’s Most Wanted hosting the television special. 5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Rio Sangre: An accident at the Large Hadron Converter sets a high school loose in the stream of alternate universes, most of which are infested with zombies. Precious Cargo: Martial arts doesn’t teach you how to protect other people, but this book will.   6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I’m hoping to find an agent for the fiction work, since YA is still pretty robust in print publishing. If I don’t get representation for the nonfiction piece by the time I’ve finished it, I’ll self-publish.   7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript? Rio Sangre: Not finished. The first quarter took about two weeks. Precious Cargo: Currently only outlined.   8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Rio Sangre: I haven’t seen anything in print with both quantum physics and zombies, but the storyline sometimes reminds me of the reboot of Battlestar Galactica. Precious Cargo: Gavin DeBecker’s Protecting the Gift, Tom Patire’s Personal Protection Handbook

  9) Who or what inspired you to write this book? Rio Sangre: Mostly my 12-year old son. He keeps asking for the next chapter. Precious Cargo Lee Sprague and Dave McNeil 10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest? Rio Sangre: Ever want to kill zombies in a model of the Enterprise bridge in the basement of a high school? Precious Cargo: As a martial artist, I spent most of my life not afraid of much. Then I had kids.   Next Week’s Writers:

April Moore

Zack Palm

Myrna Oakley

Jennifer Owenby

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