brni (brni) wrote,

The Next Big Thing

I blame A.C. Wise.

She's the one tagged me on this Next Big Thing meme.
So, the way this thing works, if I got it right, is that you answer ten questions about a work in progress.

That's all well and good, but what if you have a small stack of works in progress? Pick one, I s'pose. So, I'll skip talking about my pirate novel (currently entitled Untitled Pirate Dreck, though that may change), and I'll skip talking about From the Shallows, Cold as Death, because that's a short story, and finished, and submitted already. Instead, I'll talk about something you can actually look at, even though it's still very much a work in progress.

1. What is the title of your book?

Kudzu, A Novel.

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

This started out as a facebook conversation that took multiple interesting tangents (I'm not sure what the math for a tangent of a tangent of a tangent looks like, but I'm certain that someone on the Internet does). We were talking about gravity, orbit, and gravity wells, and wandered from there to satellite graveyards, which was something I instantly knew I would need to work into a story. Then we asked, "What might we find living there?" And the answer was obvious - if there was food, there would eventually be raccoons. And what sort of edible thing might one find growing in space? Well, kudzu is the cockroach of the plant world. If there's any invasive weed that could possibly be adapted to survive in a vacuum, it was kudzu.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

Science Fiction.

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

The only one I have a definitive image of is Earl Jaworsky. I'd cast Dick Dale (the primordial surf guitar guy) to play him. Possibly a young Steve Buscemi to play Ash, or alternately to do the voice for Slim's cgi. Robert Downey Jr. as acting captain Tharp. Edie Falco for Amelia's voice. Rooney Mara as Susan.

There's a particular actress I can see in my head that's got Colleen's looks, but I can't for the life of me figure out who it is, and doing a google image search on "American actress who was in at least one movie some time between 1980 and 2012" isn't really helping - mostly it just comes up with pictures of Brad Pitt.

Sir Reginald, I think, would have to played by Johnny Depp, because Depp would probably have fun with the role, and, well, if you get to choose your fantasy cast, how can you NOT cast Johnny Depp?

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

Urgh. One sentence?

Returning to Earth after sixty-five years lost in space, Amelia and the other survivors of a disastrously failed expedition come out of suspended animation to discover that the world has changed in their absence: antics ensue.

The longer synopsis might mention that the Earth's been overrun with kudzu, and now there's a new threat. Our hapless castaways fight for survival while trying to prevent an even greater catastrophe.

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

This was initially spawned as a web comic. I wrote a script, made a storyboard, gave them to my spousal unit, Linda Saboe, who is an amazing artist. She poked at it for some time, did character studies. Produced the art for the first four pages. And then kept stalling. Eventually, we determined that she just wasn't comic-oriented, and I'd need to sort out something else. Eventually, I decided to re-envision the story as a novel, with occasional art supplied by Linda. I've been posting a chapter a week, with chapters ranging between 900-1200 words. There are 20 chapters posted at this point, with many more to come.

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

It's not done yet. This is a work in progress. I've been keeping 4-5 weeks ahead of schedule (and get the chapters to Linda in case it sparks a visual for her), and have the next 4 chapters outlined. Following that, it's more in the form of "eventually X, Y, and Z have to happen." All subject to change, of course, and the final result once all is said and dne, and the story finds its end, I'll end up doing major editing prior to publication as a 'real' book.

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

I'm told there's some similarities to Brian Aldiss' Hothouse, but I haven't read it. I'm not really sure what else.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Henry 'Why yes, I am a rocket scientist, why do you askLeckenby, Mike Ciul, and John Welsh, in the above-mentioned facebook conversation; Linda Saboe, whose art is beautifully organic feeling, and Elaine Corvidae, whose Riven Sol web comic started my interest in wanting to play with the form that the story isn't in (any longer).

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

Hm. Raccoons in space? Time-hopping erotica writers? Space stations constructed of living vines? Let's not forget danger and excitement, a fair share of cliffhangers, and an "adult situation" now and again.

So, that's about it. All that's left is to tag a few people for the next round. So here goes:

Greg Bossert
Cate Gardner
Valerie Griswold-Ford
Jon McGoran
Gary Olson

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