The Next Big Thing

The internet has become way that people with the same interests can get together and share hobbies and in my case writings. In the process I met Zteve T Evans, another writer who has a body of work about the travel, animals, plants, and Northern European myths and legends. So yes, he tagged me with “The Next Best Thing.”

So what is “The Next Best Thing?”

It is a group of tagged writers, giving you a taste of their works-in-progress (WIP). You could call it a chain letter. Zteve T Evans was tagged by Diane Jackson who was tagged by  CR Hodges who was tagged by Timothy Hurley. See how that goes?

So let’s get to the questions:

What is the working title of your next book?

The working title is Dark Moon Rising. I am pretty sure that the title won’t change.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

This will be the second novel in the EJ Hunter trilogy. The first book in the series is She Called It, Wolf. I enjoy reading fantasy books, but I was not interested in paranormal romance. I wanted a book that had some mystery, some romance, and a story.

What genre does your book fall under?

Contemporary Fantasy with some adventure.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Bruce Willis would make a good macho werewolf. I am not really into the newest actors. Whoever got the job needs to be in good physical shape and have a tough outlook.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A scientist is trying to build super soldiers for the government by using werewolf DNA; the protagonists are on the hunt to find the scientist and to come to terms with a government that wants to use the werewolves for their own purposes.

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

This book will be indie-published on kindle and smashwords.

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

I am still on the first draft. It takes a minimum of three to six months depending on if I get sick or not.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

It is closer to Eileen Wilks’ Lupi series than any other werewolf book out there except mine has more contemporary fantasy elements and doesn’t fit in the urban fantasy corner.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

This series came to me in dreams. Also it helps that Stan Grimes, a poet friend, and Zteve T Evans keep asking me when I will get that book done.

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

An important part of this book is the terrain. The werewolves in the book live in the hard harsh high desert environment of Northern Nevada. A lot of fantasy is either in cities or castle cities. The desert adds an element of harshness and a need for good survival skills.

So Mari Collier is picking up the banner of the “Next Big Thing.” You can find her webpage here.