Currently, I have novel ideas but need to get them rolling past their rough outlines. (maybe I should do that NaNoWriMo thing next month to get some traction.)
I do have a story that has a deadline, though, so that is probably my next project. We'll go with that. It will be novelette length.
What is the working title of your story/book?
"The Bronze Sultana"
What genre does it fall under?
Where did the idea come from? Who or what inspired you to write the story?
Two-fold. The first concept was a left-over from the Strange Worlds project. Jeff had extra slots to fill and I started on a second story based on another painting. I never quite got it firing.
A little later, a group of writer folks were "chatting" on Facebook, and the next thing we knew, we were mapping out a very loosely related group of sword-&-planet stories. After kicking around a few new ideas, I realized I could easily retool my already-partially-done story for the anthology.
Which actors would you use to portray the characters in a movie rendition?
No idea, really - I don't keep up on actors much. Heck, if someone even wanted to animate it, I'd be happy. Though, I'm not much better on my knowledge of voice actors!
Forced into exile by palace intrigue, princess Chaara seeks revenge - and the crown!
Only if the planned anthology falls through. If so, I'd either hold onto the story in case a similar project came along, or maybe expand it to a novella for self-publishing. I'd want buyers to get their money's worth.
How long did it take to write the first draft?
A few weeks.
What other stories in the genre would you compare it to?
Any of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom/Mars tales, I suppose. Also, I am hoping for a touch of "lost technology" feel. Something like Fred Saberhagen's Empire of the East, too. We'll see if I pull it off.
What else about your story might pique a reader's interest?
The setting. I am still not widely read in the realm of sword-&-planet, but what I have read has arid planets or jungle worlds (or sea worlds.) I don't know if anyone has done it, but I'm going for a Pluto-like planet and let my characters freeze their butts off!
I'll add Charles R. Rutledge to the mix. I believe most of the rest of my (small set of) readers who are writers have already been tagged.