Well, I finished Block Revision on ‘Children’ tonight, and to celebrate I’m going to take Ari’s sort-of-open-invite and join in the ‘Be Inspired’ meme to tell you a bit about the book!
1. What is the name of your book?
Won’t somebody think of the children? (Title might be subject to change, but I love it. )
2. Where did the idea for your book come from?
I’m not entirely sure. I was trying to come up with an original idea for Nanowrimo in October of 2009, and was noodling with doing something in dramatic science fiction set aboard a generation starship – not high action or adventure, just people living their lives in this very artificial and unusual (to us) setting, which they completely take for granted. The big breakthrough came when I had the notion of the parents-to-be who find out that their child is statistically likely to be alive when the ship gets where it’s going; I saw lots of ideas for how that could change their lives and the entire culture on board the ship. So things kinda got rolling in earnest from there.
3. In what genre would you classify your book?
Dramatic Science Fiction, as I said, and possibly New Adult as well.
4. If you had to pick actors to play your characters in a movie rendition, who would you choose?
Hmm, okay, completely off the cuff:
5. Give us a one-sentence synopsis of your book.
Juvenile lovers call an election on the generation starship to educate their children for their lifelong mission, but they must overcome the indifference of the status quo, led by a spoiled brat.
6. Is your book already published?
Not in the slightest.
7. How long did it take you to write your book?
I got the first draft done in 30 days. I ignored it and did a bit of very basic and futile editing over the next two years, and I’ve been working for about nine months on the serious revision, off and on.
8. What other books within your genre would you compare it to? Or, readers of which books would enjoy yours?
I’m not sure if I’ve found something that combines the elements of sci-fi and small-town political drama in this book. There are a few elements that are comparable to some Larry Niven books, maybe, or Arthur Clarke? I’m grasping here and I know it.
9. Which authors inspired you to write this book?
The above, I guess?
10. Tell us anything that might pique our interest in your book.
Hmm… I’m not sure what you’d be interested. It’s not really a ‘gimmick’ book – I love the characters that I’ve peopled the ship ‘Santa Maria’ with, and I hope that you would too. Would your interest be piqued if I told you there was a robot cat in the book?
11. Tag five people!