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The Next Best Thing - Blog Hopping

Many thanks to Trish Jackson http://romanticreviewramble.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-next-big-thing.html for inviting me to be a part of this week’s The Next Big Thing blog posting group.

The Next Big Thing is a meme that is creating an ever-growing wave through the blogs of authors who write in a variety of genres, with each participant answering the same questions about either a work in progress or a work currently being marketed. Each author then chooses five other authors to keep the chain going. The following is my contribution:

1. What is the working title of your current/next book?
The book I’m currently working on is Book Seven in my ‘The Xandra’ series. So far it has no title. That won’t come until I’m finished with the novel.

2. Where did you get the idea for that book?
After reading ‘Daughter of the Dark’, Book One in ‘The Xandra’ series again, I realized there was so much more to tell. In the first book I mentioned a research team. It was only natural to write about what happened to that team.
3. What's the genre of the book?    Science Fiction/Fantasy

4. If you could pick actors to play the lead characters in your story, who would you pick?
Wow, it would be nice to have this book made into a movie. I can see Leonardo DiCaprio playing Rob Cameron, the main character (he needs to have a nicely trimmed beard, though). Will Smith would have to be Irwin Hunter, the second character, and  Bruce Willis would play the third one, Malone. Daniela Ruah from NCIS: Los Angeles would be great as one of the female characters.

5. How would you describe your book in one sentence (10 words or less)?
A stranded research team on an alien planet.

6. a. How will your book be published, submitted through the traditional route to a traditional publisher or will you be handling it yourself through Indie Publishing methods?
I will be submitting it to my publisher Melange Books, LLC
b. If you're an Indie Author, will you be publishing through your own Indie Publishing company or in a collective with other Indie Authors?
I’m not an Indie Author
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of this book?
I’ve been writing on this book for a few months now, but only because I got sidetracked by other projects. I’m planning to get it finished by April 2013. I’m at 60,000 words and aiming for about 100,000.

8. What other books within your genre are similar to yours?
Ever since I’ve been concentrating on writing and publishing my own books, I haven’t read much by other authors, but before this I read extensively. So I’m only familiar with authors who were popular over a decade ago. Philip José Farmer, Harry Harrison, Jo Clayton. These are all big name authors, but they are my idols. A writer who is still very much alive is Timothy Zahn. Another of my favourite authors. He writes about adventures on alien planets humans are trying to colonize. My book differs though because of the explicit erotica. Farmer was the only one who wrote in that genre.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I wanted to write a story about explorers on an ice planet and the alien creatures living on it.

10. What about your book will pique the reader's interest?
There are six books in this series so far. People who have read any of the books in the series and liked them will definitely be interested in this one. Anyone who loves Science Fiction and adventures on alien planets will, hopefully, want to read this book. There are bizarre alien creatures populating this strange and yet familiar world. Readers who love a little erotica in the stories they read, especially sex between humans and aliens, will find explicit erotic scenes in this novel and the previous ones. There is even a little romance between human characters. Readers who enjoy exploring new worlds will be interested.

I don’t have any authors yet who I have tagged, but I will add them in the next few days.

You can check out these authors:

4) Roxanne Bland http://roxannebland.com

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