Welcome to the "Next Big Thing" Blog Tour, which is kind of like a chain letter, only without death threats and with sneak peeks at upcoming or newly released smooching stories! Thanks to fellow Digital Darling, Carmen Falcone, who tagged me to continue the chain. Make sure you read to the end of my post to check out the three fabulous authors I've tagged next!
A short story, "Orin's Strand," which will appear in the Circlet Press anthology What Happens at the Tavern Stays at the Tavern.
• Where did the idea for the book come from?
I used to write sci-fi and fantasy, and when I saw the Circlet sub call for short fantasy erotica, I thought, well, how convenient is that? Merging my old stomping grounds with the new just felt very, very comfortable.
• What genre does your book fall under?
Epic fantasy quest erotica. Say that six times fast. (Go on. ... Now, be honest: did you say "fansexy" instead of "fantasy"? 'Cause I've done that.)
• What actors would you choose to play the parts of your characters in a movie rendition?
Good God. I have no idea. Orin is lean and young and fills out leather nicely. Agatha is short and freckly and kind of rode-hard but sweet. You got suggestions? Because clearly I don't watch enough movies.
• Can you give me a one–sentence synopsis of your book?
Orin's destined to save the kingdom and marry the princess, and nobody knows this better than Agatha, the village seer who would do just about anything to change that fate.
• Is your book self-published or is it represented by an agency?
I am not represented by an agency. The story, however, will be published through Circlet Press, in their anthology.
• How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
A weekend. And lord, it showed. That first draft was rough as a kitten's tongue. I write first drafts quick and dirty, but you probably already guessed that about me.
• What other books within your genre would you compare this story to?
Oh, you know, Tolkien, Martin, Eddings... just with a lot more sex. Or mostly about sex? Or ... fine: only a little bit of epic fantasy along with sex and really nothing at all like the genre masters except for the leather and the lack of proper plumbing.
• Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Two tropes: the mystic on the mountain and the hero who marries the princess. I figured there had to be epic fantasy stories where those two tropes didn't turn out the way you'd expect.
• What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?