Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Blog Hop - The Next Big Thing

What's a Blog Hop and how does it work? You first mention the person who tagged you to post “The Next Best Thing,” then you answer questions in your post about your Work-in-Progress (WIP). At the end, you list up to five blogs that you are “tagging” to do the next post.

I was tagged by Nancy LaRonda Johnson who is working on the second book about the relative of a serial killer, trying to make amends, and his gay friend, trying to find his place as a Christian. Sounds like a fascinating book. She also writes Christian stories and offers writing prompts on her blog. See her Blog Hop post here. So here are my answers about my Work in Progress:

1. What is the working title of your book?
The Lords of Gower and King John

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
The research for my first book Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth.

3. What genre does your book fall under?
Local history (non fiction).

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
King John: Michael Sheen
Llywelyn ap Iorwerth, Prince of Wales: Ioan Gruffydd
William de Breos, Lord of Gower: Liam Neeson
Reginald de Breos, William's brother: James Macavoy

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The changing fortunes of the de Breos barons are tracked through the little Lordship of Gower in South Wales, as it repeatedly changes hands between King John, the barons and the Welsh.

6. If you plan to publish, will your book be self-published or published traditionally?
I am expecting to have to self-publish, as I did with my first book, but if a publisher would like to take it on it would be great. On the strength of the sales of my first book, I may approach some publishers.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Still in progress, but I would like to finish in a couple of months.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I haven't found anything to compare with this. My first book Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth, is the only book on the subject. If you Google Alina de Breos, you get me. I believe I've found a gap in the market.

9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I was standing in front of Swansea Castle one day and wondered what it was like when it was in use. I went home and Googled it, like you do, and my interest was piqued. As I did more research, went to the library and talked to people, I found out about the Lords of Gower in medieval times, stories that have been largely forgotten. There was a de Breos involved in just about every major event of English history for 3 centuries after William the Conqueror, yet history hardly mentions them. This will be my second history book about them.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
William de Breos was a close friend of King John. His support for John's claim to the English throne when Richard the Lionheart died brought him such rewards as to make him one of the richest barons in England. Yet a few years later he fell out of favour and lost everything. His brothers then sided with the Welsh in their fight against Norman rule, but that didn't go well either. As with my first book, this book will have an easy, readable style but with full endnotes and bibliography for use by academics. I hope to have line drawings by the same artist as the first book.

Thank you Nancy for the tag!

I expected to have a lot of people from my writing group wanting to be tagged, and was very surprised to find that none of them have a blog. I'm giving a talk about self-promotion on the internet, in February, but that's too late for my blog hop. So sadly I only have one tag for the next post of The Next Big Thing on Wednesday 19th December:

* R Clint Peters runs the Book Reviewers Club blog on which he does author interviews as well as book reviews. He has two series of books: Pegasus Rising and The Alberta Connection, and is also running a collaborative novel-writing venture. Busy man! His site is well worth a visit for lots of reasons.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Ann. This is a great post. I'm quite happy you were able to get to it, and sorry I didn't have time yesterday to view it. Your topic is very interesting, and I'm sure it's exciting to find something that no one else has looked into. You have an open market! Congratulations. I wish you luck in completing your new book and hope you do find a publisher who will take your success that much further.