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.┬áCillian Murphy is enough of a chameleon to be John the incubus.┬áJohn 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

And…

“…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.

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