Tagged! A post about Survivors

Apparently, without my knowledge, I’ve been tagged twice on this “talk about your current work” thing (once by Amelia Lynn and once by Icarus Niles Kenry).  Rather than quibble over the definition of “current” (which, let me tell you, I could do for numerous posts), I’m just going to post about what I’m likely to be working on for most of next year.

This year’s NaNo story, currently titled Survivors (though that will likely change).

1. What is the working title of your book?
Survivors.  Though this is likely to change, as it’s been used before.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
A dream I had (like 95% of my novel ideas).  There was an alien invasion, but some of the survivors were granted powers to help fight back.

3. What genre does your book fall under?
Probably?  Sci-Fi.  I mean, it involves aliens and super powers.  On the other hand, I’m hoping for a strong LitFic perspective on it, too, at least for the first rewrite – I want to highlight internal struggles, in other words.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I have no idea.  No actors I know look like the characters in my head, which makes this hard.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Fucking awesome.
Oh, you meant more seriously?  Well, then probably:  After an alien invasion devastates the world and leaves most of its inhabitants mindless drones, a small group of survivors with amazing powers must overcome the aliens and themselves to set the world free.

6. If you plan to publish, will your book be self-published or published traditionally?
If I can?  Traditionally.  But it’s weird, so that may not be possible (I have a feeling that this is something that I’ll run into a lot).

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Which time?  I wrote the whole thing (all 200k of it) in 16 days…the fourth time.  I have started it (and gotten around 50k) three other times, the first time over a year ago.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Ummm…I actually have no idea.  I know there are some, but I’m not up on my alien/superhero crossover Sci-Fi.

9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
The dream I had.  I feel like this is the same as #2 for me – once I have an idea, it haunts me until I get it down on paper.  Then it haunts me until I get it right.  And when/if I publish it, my mistakes will probably keep haunting me.  A whole lot of haunting up in here, in other words.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I have a vampire.  She doesn’t sparkle; she rips people apart.  Oh, and there are likely going to be velociraptors and the Rabbit of Caerbannog.

So there.  I participated.  But I’m only tagging one person, because I don’t know that many writers with blogs that are working on something.  So Raq, I choose you!

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