The Almost Done Phase


Thanks to an invitation from Kirsten of A Scenic Route and a fellow traveler on the HTRYN road, I’ve answered the ten questions for The Next Big Thing Blog hop.

This is the first time I’ve written about my novel vs. worked on my novel.  What a welcome pause from the almost done phase!

What is the title of the book?

Aftermath Hush

Where did the idea for the book come from?

The idea for my book came from my curiosity about war. If a species (human or otherwise) could no longer kill on the battlefield or anywhere else, would it be a blessing or a curse?

What genre  your book fall under?

Science fiction lite –  lite on the science, heavy on the fiction.

What actors would your choose to play your characters in movie rendition?

What a flattering concept. In my case, I’d use unknown actors for the aliens. Of course, I’d would have the final opinion on who represented my characters on the screen!

What is a sentence synopsis of your book?

Disgraced by the chaos and death caused by her last assignment, a human videographer accepts a job on another world where she collides with the real-time evolution of the native combatants, an evolution that has profound repercussions for both aliens and humans.

Will your book be self-published for represented by an agency?

I’m going to experience the thrills and chills of searching for an agent to help me climb the ladder of success. Might as well dream big!

How long did it take to write the first draft of your manuscript?

If I’d known it was going to take so long, I’d have started earlier! Work began in 2008 and, after many stops and starts, I completed the first draft in early 2010. Revision began in June 2010 and, a mere 2 years later, I’m almost done and ready to query.

What other books would your compare this story to within your genre?

Since my genre is perilously vague, I’ve listed a few books that influenced the writing of Aftermath Hush.

Shades of Dark –  Linnea Sinclair, Shards of Honor – Lois Bujold, The Forever War –  Joe Halderman.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

911 was the what, the collective consciousness of humans was the who. As the towers fell, I was amazed no one could hear the thoughts of thousands of people dying before our eyes. I was still thinking about it years later, and it eventually morphed into my novel.

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

Readers love adventure, humor and sex, and my novel has plenty of delightful diversions. But, it also has an ending that leaves the reader with more questions than answers and, at the same time, offers a sense of hope.

That was fun and relaxing! Maybe I need to do this more often.

What is your welcome pause from the almost done phase?

2 thoughts on “The Almost Done Phase”

  1. I’ve been so curious about this book of yours, and now I’m really intrigued by it! The idea of hearing the thoughts of thousands of dying people on 911 will stay with me for a long time.

    And you what I just happen to be reading right now? Shards of Honor! 🙂

    Rock on, Nancy! Sounds like you’ve got a winner here. Look out, agents! 🙂

  2. What a lovely little sneak-peak into your book! You should be proud with what you’ve created, it sounds very enticing! I will try and get around to sharing mine soon, most likely after NaNo assuming I’m still alive when December comes around 🙂

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