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Princess Scientist’s Advent Calendar Day 15

Ten days to Christmas! We’re having our yearly Winter game day, but we took a moment to record and open day 15! Thanks to our guest stars, Commander Awesome and Space Princess Purple!

Princess Scientist’s Advent Calendar Day 13

We get a visit from Grant to discuss our punishment! We’ve decided to give to Child’s Play!

Don’t forget to donate and send us your receipts so you can be in our drawing on Day 16!

Princess Scientist’s Advent Calendar Day 12

We went out to a play tonight and we’re all pretty tired. We promise tomorrow will have more energy. And audio.

Please don’t forget to forward us your donation receipts to Child’s Play!

Princess Scientist’s Advent Calendar Day 11

This time it’s Mom, aka director and camera, who is sick, so we’re a little slow today.

Princess Scientist’s Advent Calendar Day 10

A confession. Begging forgiveness. We knew there were rules, and we broke one.

The Next Big Thing Blog Tour

So I’m playing the Next Big Thing blog tour, kind of like a chain letter for author interviews. I was tagged by Matt Forbeck, author of Carpathia, Dangerous Games, and a bunch of other books.

I am sad I don’t have a book cover finalized yet, but here’s my interview!

What is your working title of your book?
The Shambling Guide to New York City

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I was contributing to a charity gaming anthology to benefit the Red Cross after Hurricane Katrina victims and decided to write about a zombie tour guide who ran tours for other zombies. In the years that followed, I decided it would be fun to write about a tour guide company that makes travel guides by monsters, for monsters.

Only after I was done did I realize how much I’d been influenced by The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, one of my favorite books as a teen.

What genre does your book fall under?
Urban Fantasy

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I’m so bad at this game, mainly because I don’t see a lot of films and don’t know who the stars are beyond the BIG STARS. Although I do have to say that with some aging makeup, Michelle Yeoh would make an awesome Granny Good Mae. Miley Cyrus is impish enough to pull off Morgen the water sprite. Cillian Murphy is enough of a chameleon to be John the incubus. John Hodgman would be perfect as Phil the vampire publisher. As for the main characters, Zoe and Arthur? I have no idea…

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A human gets a job with a travel book publisher – only the books are by monsters, for monsters, in a Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy meets Neverwhere urban fantasy adventure.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
The book is under contract and coming out from Orbit in May.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Oh gosh. I have no idea. 2-3 years maybe, in a case of “write a little, do another project, write a little more.”

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I think (hope!) it has the fish-out-of-water feeling of Dresden Files and the Kitty books.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I’ll quote two blurbs:

“…I wouldn’t want to visit Lafferty’s NYC hotspots — especially the restaurants.” — Scott Sigler


“…I want to live in Mur’s New York.” –Cory Doctorow

Make of that what you will. 😉

I tagged other authors so here’s who you can follow next week!

Jared Axelrod, author of The Battle of Blood and Ink: A Fable of Flying City.

Princess Scientist’s Advent Calendar Day 09

It’s time to do some good! So we are going to award Day 16 to a random person who supports Childs Play, an organization that sends toys and games to children’s hospitals. You support them, then you send us the receipt at mightymur AT and you’ll be entered into a drawing to be done on Day 16. You will win the contents of Day 16 and Princess Scientist will draw any picture for you!*

* She’s 10. Do I NEED to say “within reason and subject to parental approval?” No? You assumed that because you’re a good person? Great. So glad we’re on the same page.

Princess Scientist’s Advent Calendar Day 08

Princess Scientist was busy today, and Rudolph isn’t on call yet, so we had some help.