After a lovely invitation by new friend Christopher Koehler, I cheerfully agreed to participate in a blog-it-forward type situation regarding my Next Big Thing. Last week, Christopher blogged about his Next Big Thing and he invited a few authors (like me) to write about my Next Big Thing one week after he did. We all answer the same set of questions.
So here goes! This is what has consumed my recent months…
What is the working title of your book?
(This is the second book my series, The Lost and Founds.)
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I plotted the entire series before I had finished the first book, King Perry. I wanted the first book to illustrate the insanity and beauty of the west coast. (San Francisco). The second book (King Mai) would illustrate another flavor of kingship as demonstrated by the fine people in the Midwest, specifically DeKalb, Illinois. Each book highlights a different geography, a different flavor of love.
DeKalb is a fascinating town — a unique hybrid of university life and small town America, the perfect place to illustrate an entire blue-collar community of kings and queens urging local farmer Mai Kearns toward his destiny as the one true king. I came to love DeKalb during my college years, which is why it seemed natural to revisit that love and share it with others.
What genre does your book fall under?
Hmmmm…that has been the cause of some speculation and debate. I would argue it’s Gay Romance. King Weekend stories follow two men in love for a single weekend. Just because they don’t ride off in the sunset together, does that mean they didn’t feel love? They weren’t in love? I have heard others describe what I write as Gay Fiction or Gay Literature. Could be. I just like to tell a good story.
(And sex in corn fields.)
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie?
Vin Vanbly – Edward Norton. Norton’s got a very ‘ordinary’ face, but still handsome. He may have to gain a few pounds.
Mai Kearns – ?? I suppose to be 100% authentic, it would have to be a Thai actor, but two hot Asian-American actors come to mind (John Cho and Ken Leung). Since Mai gets angry about people confusing Chinese and Thai, I suppose I really need a Thai actor. Damn. I really want to meet Ken Leung.
What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?
Local farmer Mai Kearns has roughly 40 hours to solve a kingly treasure hunt that will drag him through every emotional hell he encountered growing up in this Midwestern university town, as he hopes to overcome the rage in his heart in time to save his parents’ doomed farm.
Whew! I did it. One sentence!
Will your book be self published, published by a small press, or represented by an agency?
I do not know the answer to this yet.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Six months. Another three months of revisions and editing. I am a slow, slow writer. I’m the crock pot of writers.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre.
Uh…nothing? I don’t know anything like this. As far as I know, there are no other books about ‘kinging.’ The only comparable book is the first in the series, King Perry.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I don’t want to answer this question in detail or I may accidentally reveal spoilers. However, in short, I will say that this novel was inspired by the straight men in my life who befriend and love me.
What else about your book might interest the reader?
Fibonnaci Hopscotch, Butterfly Trees, Egyptian hieroglyphics, a visit to the Lost Kings headquarters, Corn Fest, King Jimbo the Bruiser, A Curious Army, secrets revealed about Vin Vanbly, an angry waitress named Coleen, and the movie Fargo.
There. Hope this clarifies everything.
Thank you for reading about my next big thing.