M.A. Church is not just a wonderful writer, she is a friend who pokes, prods, and teases me into doing some of my best work. If she wasn’t having so much fun writing her own stories, she’s make one heck of a Muse. Her most recent nudge was to tag for The Next Big Thing, in which authors get to talk about their favorite thing: their work, and what their current Work in Progress is.
Whether a writer is published or not writing can be a bit of a grind at times. Events like this one put a little fun into it and help create a sense of community.
What is your working title of your book?
Thick as Thieves
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I participate in a weekly flash called the Wednesday Briefs, and for my very first brief the prompt was “unicorn, mandolin, and any plant”. That inspired the characters of Vorgell, a giant barbarian who’d smoked some strange plant and then put a unicorn horn to imaginative use, and his reluctant (at first) partner Madd, a mandolin-thieving male witch.
What genre does your book fall under?
Erotic gay male sword and sorcery.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Chris Hemsworth has the right look for Vorgell. For Madd, I have no clue.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Vorgell, a barbarian who took a unicorn horn up the ass and is now a sex-crazed adventurer, falls in love with a thieving young witch, Maddog, when he tries to help him defeat an evil Baron and a witch-killing wizard.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Submitted to a publisher.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Five months. Normally it wouldn’t take me this long, but for the first three months I was posting it as 1,000 word installments on my blog.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
It’s lofty, I know, but the Nightrunner series by Lynn Flewelling, just with more sex.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I love pulpy fantasy fiction. Thick as Thieves harks back to those kinds of stories, set in a world of magic filled with bold barbarians, sneaky thieves, and bad guys up to all sorts of no good. I grabbed the chance to unleash my wild and wacky fantasy side and let ‘er rip.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The book is a romp. It’s a road story about two men thrown together by events, then team up in desperation because no one else wants anything to do with them. Vorgell’s a giant physically, and thanks to the unicorn horn, he’s full of extra-strength magic and wants to have sex constantly. Madd is smaller and fiery, and carries a chip on his shoulder that’s way bigger than he is. It doesn’t help that he’s wearing an evil baron’s love collar. Moving from lust to love is the real journey the partners undertake as they take on a world of secretive witches, nefarious wizards, and their own dark secrets. Oh, and there's a basilisk.
I've been so busy I didn't get around to lining up friends to be tagged, so I'll simply single out three writers I think everyone should get to know better. If you visit their blogs, you're sure to find out more about what they're doing.
Shira Anthony, author of the brilliant Blue Notes series, is working on a book about pirates and mermen that will be released next summer.
Courtney Milan writes gorgeous m/f historical romances.
Michael Rupured, author of the upcoming novel Until Thanksgiving.