As part of a blog hop, here are my answers to ten questions about my new book! Apologies for not tagging any authors to continue the hop! If you are an author reading this, comment below and I’ll tell you how to keep the hop going 🙂
What is the title of your latest book?
My latest book is called The Elphite. It will be available on Kindle in the next day or so, and it is already available in paperback on Amazon, though it will be officially launched at Peace of Stone in Monmouth on the 21st December, 2012.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
While on a train home from my friend’s house, I had a random conversation with a guy, which sparked the idea of a girl and a guy meeting on a train, but they’ve actually met before, many times, the guy just doesn’t remember it.
What genre does your book fall under?
It’s Visionary Fiction, (or Spiritual Fiction) though would also keep Sci-Fi fans happy!
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
This was tricky! I think Ellie would be played by Britt Roberston, I haven’t really seen her in anything, but I think she looks right, and for Luke, I was torn between the two Narnian kings! William Moseley and Ben Barnes. But I opted for William in the end.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
It’s like Groundhog Day, but it lasts a lifetime.
Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?
My book is published by myself, under my publishing imprint – The Amethyst Angel. I have self-published all of my books so far and love being an independent publisher and author.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
A month. I wrote it during Camp Nanowrimo in August 2012. I’d had the idea for it two years previously, I just hadn’t had the time to write it until last August. Though I hit the 50,000 word target just ten minutes before midnight on the 31st August, when I worked out on how many days out of that month I actually wrote, it was only 20.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I can’t think of books to compare it to, but it’s similar to The Matrix and Source Code.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The original idea occurred to me on my train journey, but the rest of the story was inspired by things that happened to me, and by certain people in my life, including my boyfriend.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
My original idea for The Elphite pretty much panned out in the first few chapters, then I was faced with a blank screen and no idea what to write (because I don’t plot or plan my books, at all). So I switched off the computer, got ready to go out, and as I was leaving the house, the next part of the story literally downloaded into my mind. Then, when I thought it was finished, I’d only actually reached 36,000 words. Determined to hit 50,000 words to win Camp Nanowrimo, I forced myself to keep writing, and as I did, the story took even more twists and turns! One of which most of my readers have yet to figure out…
Ellie’s life is just one long, bad case of déjà vu. She has lived her life before – a hundred times before – and she remembers each and every lifetime.
Each time, she has changed things, but has never managed to change the ending.
This time, in this life, she hopes that it will be different. So she makes the biggest change of all – she tries to avoid meeting him.
Her soulmate. The love of her life.
Because maybe if they don’t meet, she can finally change her destiny.
But fate has other ideas…