Next Big Thing

Laxmi Hariharan tagged me last week for this, a meme where I have to answer ten questions about my current work in progress.

My on-going work in progress is “The Year of the Dragon” – a historical fantasy saga about the age of turmoil in alternative Japan. I’m currently working on volumes 3 and 4 of the cycle simultaneously, so I will answer the questions for both of them.

1. What is the working title of your book?

Volume 3: “The Islands in the Mist”
Volume 4: “The Rising Tide”

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

Mostly my journeys to Japan and my research into Japanese history. The overarching plot is based on the arrival of Commodore Perry and Meiji restoration in 1850’s. The characters and the main adventure came simply as a result of trying to come up with the best way to tell the story in a way the readers could relate.

There are a lot of influences from anime shows I’ve watched and books I’ve read throughout. The TV Tropes page has more on that 🙂

3. What genre does your book fall under?

Historical fantasy / steampunk / YA+

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

That’s an easy one, as I actually had to provide photo references for the covers 🙂







Bran: Aneurin Barnard







Sato: Chiaki Kuriyama




Nagomi: Riisa Naka





Dylan: Luke Evans








Edern: Ioan Gruffudd





Gwennlian: Katie McGrath

5.      What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

“His Majesty’s Dragon” meets “The Last Samurai”

6.      Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

It will be self-published, like the other two – unless a miracle happens in the meantime 🙂

7.      How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Four months. It was a very rough draft, and I’ve been working on it for the last two years now.

8.      What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Naomi Novik’s “Temeraire” books have dragons in the 19th century. J. Kristoff’s “Stormdancer” is a steampunk in Japan-like setting.

9.      What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Adrian Tchaikovsky calls it “Fast paced and full of energy”. Publisher’s Weekly described it as “full of highly crafted detail that will make readers shiver at times with fear and delight.” The book has reached semi-finals of Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards 2012

It has dragons, wizards, samurai and strong female characters – c’mon, what more do you need? 🙂

10.   Tag you’re it! 

Sophie Duncan
Shen Hart
Aaron Engler
Candace Knoebel

***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress)
***Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.

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