The Next Big Thing
So, I was tagged by the lovely E.C. Myers, author of the fantastic Fair Coin and Quantum Coin (fans of quantum physics, you will LOVE this)to answer questions for The Next Big Thing. In turn, I’ve tagged a bunch of writers beneath.
What is the working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I was sitting on a bus on my way home from work, watching everyone scurrying about in the rain and thinking about all the choices we make. At the same time, I was thinking about a book I’d just read on Quantum Physics, and BAM! The idea arrived in my head: what if you could change your decisions the way light changes from particle to wave. I started scribbling and Shift was born.
What genre does your book fall under?
Teen/Young Adult Thriller
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
My friend Regan Warner already did the casting for me, which you can see here. And I think it’s pretty close.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When Scott Tyler realises he can undo any decisions he’s ever made he thinks it’s going to be really cool, but as his world starts to unravel, he realises – it’s going to get him kills.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About 5 months.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Fair Coin by EC Myers and Flip by Martyn Bedford, for the mind-bending, quantum-physics fun. Will Hill’s Department 19 Series, for the secret government division. Charlie Higson’s The Dead for the gruesome qualities.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
As explained above, it was inspired by a quantum physics, in particular the Double Slit Experiment.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s got a deliciously hideous bad guy and brains explode.
Now, over to the next, Next Big Things:
Laura Lam, my book sister and author of the magical Pantomime – coming from Strange Chemistry next year.
Den Patrick, author, book seller and all round great guy.
Chris Farnell, Tweeter par excellence and author of Mark II, a book which takes a ‘deft, witty approach to mortality and grief.’
Adam Christopher, hero of New Pulp and author of Empire State and Seven Wonders. If you love comics and noir, be sure to check him out.
More coming soon.