G’day, G’day well it appears I have been tagged in ‘The Next Big Thing blog meme’ where published or soon-to-be published authors, answer a series of questions about their work then tag other authors blogs to keep the ball rolling.
The fabulous author Pete Abela has tagged me (and my fence!) so here goes my turn to answer the questions:
1) What is the working title of your current/next book?
The title of the novella is called, The Farm.
2) Where did the idea come from?
The Farm was originally a very vague short story about clones that really went nowhere. In the past there has been a well-worn story plot about clones that learn their place in the world and escape to live in the real world. I decided to approach the idea from a different angle and not have the focus of that plot drive concerning clone awareness. Instead I had the idea of a man visiting a bio dome or, The Farm, where he interacts with clones and is emotionally involved with a clone of his deceased wife. As I said, The Farm was a two-page short story I wrote years ago but I kept coming back to it and added more and more until I had enough for a novella.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
It would fall under sci-fi but not your typical sci-fi as it’s more about the characters rather than whiz-bang technology.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
The main character, John, I had Sir Anthony Hopkins as his voice and physicality that suited the character. Whenever I strayed away from Johns voice or visual I would picture Sir Anthony and I would be able to get back into that characters appearance. The second main character I pictured a Brad Pitt type character but left it open to a very cocksure type of person. Though seeing as the setting of the book is in the Australian Outback it would seem more fitting to have Australian actors.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
In a dystopian society John holds onto the clone of his wife only wanting for her safety, but in The Farm’s utopian society one clone will rise and destroy everything John holds dear.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’m hoping it will be picked up by Really Blue Books as an ebook. I will also self-publish it as a paperback through POD publisher Lulu.com
7) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I don’t really read sci-fi although I like writing it as well as other genres. I would have to branch more into the fantasy world with the late great author, David Gemmell with his fabulously flawed hero’s. The main character in The Farm has many of these and when I read what I’ve written it reminds me of David’s work. The man was a genius.
8) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Nothing but my own imagination. I haven’t read any clone fiction and had seen only a few movies about the topic. When it came to the inspiration for ‘The Farm’ my brain normally has a series of flashes of imagery and dialogue then I let it ferment until there’s enough to write. I don’t read a lot so I rely on my own voices/voices to be the inspiration. My imagination never seems to rest which makes for many restless nights.
9) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
John Robertson’s devotes what’s left of his dark and miserable life to keeping the clone of his departed wife, Olivia, alive in her memory. Each day he travels to The Farm to record clone’s last words for his customers so that he can earn the funding to keep his Olivia alive. From afar John watches Olivia remembering happier times never wishing to approach her in case he causes her more pain. Then one day John sees a clone, a very dangerous clone, that will not only put his Olivia’s life in danger but every single clone in The Farm…. and mankind.
Now comes my turn to tag some people (but not their fence). Here’s four authors to watch:
Nick Duhigg author of Pendulum
Nene Davies soon to be Really Blue Books author
Jeni Mawter author of Kiss Kill
Jane Seaford author of Archie’s Daughter
Thanks for reading and have a great day!