The Next Big Thing (Tagged)

The talented and magnanimous Tami Moore tagged me for The Next Big Thing meme. Answers apply to my recently trunked novel, Dream Chaser.

What is your working title of your book?

Dream Chaser

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Dream Chaser grew out of my admiration for my pastor.

What genre does your book fall under?

Christian General Contemporary Fiction

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

David Moore……………………Marshall Allman

Charlotte Moore………………..Lucy Lui

Dr. Henry Taggard…………….Dennis Hopper

Bryan Wayne……………………Matthew McConaughey

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

David Moore finally stops running from his calling to professional ministry only to find the he’s committed unforgivable sins that will permanently disqualify him from ever being a pastor.

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

Dream Chaser will have to self-published. The subject of a man trying to become a pastor what is in David’s past is likely too counter culture a subject for traditional publishing.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? May we see an intro?

It took me about a year to write the first draft. I was writing on and off, and not exclusively working on Dream Chaser.

Here’s the current intro:

There was no denying it anymore. It was over, really over.
David sat in the middle of his efficiency apartment and looked around for the last time. Bare
hooks adorned the walls, and the entertainment center sat empty. The only reason the apartment
wasn’t completely empty was that it came prefurnished. Sonya had cleared out her stuff months
ago when she left him. Everything he could still call his own, save one piece of clothing, was
packed away in the beat up Ford Escort downstairs.
Papers were arrayed on the floor in front of him. One was his report card from the previous
semester. Attached to it was a letter from the university informing him he was now on academic
suspension. The other was the signed divorce decree.
He got up and went to the closet. On a single hanger hung a thread bare Edmonton Oilers
jersey with the number ninety-nine emblazoned on the back. David grabbed it off the hanger,
and pulled it over his shirt. He gave the apartment one last inspection to ensure he hadn’t left
any of his stuff behind, and satisfied it was cleaned out, he slung his bookbag over his shoulder
and walked out the door slamming it behind him. The piece of paper stapled to the door rustled.
It had the word EVICTION NOTICE written in large red letters. David made a rude gesture at
the paper, and headed out to his car.
There was only one person in the universe he wanted to talk to at that moment. He turned the
key, but the car only responded with whirring and sputtering. David sighed. Figures, this was
just the sort of day he was having.
“Come on, babydoll,” he said as he rubbed the dashboard. He kept turning the key and
giving it a little gas. After a couple more tries the engine finally turned over.
He drove into downtown of Auburn, Alabama, a small town for a big school. Fraternity
houses lined the border of the campus. He slowed as he passed the Chi Phi house knowing he
was no longer welcomed there. Finally the small sign he was looking for came into view. It was
blue and white with three stylized, capital letter ‘C’s. This was where it all began. It was here
that David forgave God for taking his mother, and rededicated himself to the God he learned to
love as kid, and the call that was placed on his life.

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

Like Tami, I’m still reading to get an understanding of the genre. I haven’t found a ton of pastor stories. I’m worried that may mean its a tired trope in Christian fiction. The genre itself seems to be dominated by stories with a romantic emphasis (historical romance, contemporary romance, etc.)

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Pastor Paul. He is such an amazing communicator. He takes old concepts and makes them fresh. He takes words that have lost their meaning and gives them meaning in our culture and context. He brings the Bible to life in a way no other pastor has. He’s taught me how fundamental grace is, and given me a glimpse of just how much God loves.

Paul is the most transparent pastor I’ve ever met. One Sunday, he revealed some of his past from the pulpit. I knew what he was admitting to would disqualify him from being a pastor in many churches in my town.

It made me so angry to think that this man, who had more than proven himself to me, wouldn’t even get a shot because of things in his past. I wanted to write a story about this type of situation, and maybe people would rethink their ideas.

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

The book is primarily set in Chattanooga, TN and Atlanta, GA. David confronts many of the problems the Church has today trying to stay relevant in our culture.

Tag, You’re It!

Cathy Morton – a new writer finding her voice. She blogs about recovery and her amazing life story.

Bill Denise – a fellow Saucy Ink writer. He writes Biblical Fiction, and Sci-Fi. No blog, but he is more than welcome to use this space to post his answers.

Janice Decker – author of Taking the War, Janice teaches a writing course in Charleston that I highly recommend. No blog, but she is more than welcome to use this space to post her answers.

John Patricelli – a voracious reader who blogs about video games, BBB as he is known on the internet has mentioned a novel he’s been working on several times. I’d love to find out more.

Rules of The Next Big Thing:

*Use this format for your post *Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress) *Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.

Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:

  • What is your working title of your book?
  • Where did the idea come from for the book?
  • What genre does your book fall under?
  • Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
  • What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
  • Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
  • How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? May we see an intro?
  • What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
  • Who or what inspired you to write this book?
  • What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged. Be sure to line up your five people in advance.


Bill Denise
Bill Denise

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However, this current title doesn’t seem to roll off the tongue. I wouldlove to hear suggestions.Where did the idea come fromfor the book?I wanted to write, but I’ve neverwritten before. When I heard about NaNoWriMo (from Ted himself), I thought itsounded like a great idea. While looking around the web for help, I found TamiMoore’s outstanding guideand I followed every step.I sat down by myself over lunch witha blank piece of paper and started writing down all the things I love inscience fiction and fixated on two in particular: powered armor and implants. Iwasn’t trying to change the world, just come up with a decent story idea. Thesetwo items kick-started the story in my mind.What genre does your book fallunder?Science FictionWhich actors would you chooseto play your characters in a movie rendition?I’m not good at this kind of thing,and I never remember the names of actors, so I think it’s best if I skip thissection.What is the one-sentencesynopsis of your book?When Damon, a street-smart gang member, accepts a pleabargain to become a government super-assassin he discovers that an aspiringdictator is using him as part of a coup. If Damon, his friends, and someunlikely allies cannot stop the usurper, the galaxy-wide empire will collapseinto brutal tyranny.(OK, that’s two sentences!)Will your book beself-published or represented by an agency?Self-published.How long did it take you towrite the first draft of your manuscript? May we see an intro?First draft is taking a year. Iknow, I know! I wrote 50,000 words for NaNo and then had a really hard timefinishing it. Even though I had a pretty good outline, I kept coming up with excusesnot to write. It’s at 90,000 words now and I think another 10k will finish it.From the Main Character’s firstmission in his armor (he’s suffering from over-confidence):Hedropped to the ground twenty stories down, hardening his armor while he fell.He hit hard, but felt very little. The impact made a crater in the ground ofthe park, and was loud enough to get the attention of at least one guard. Hestrode across the park in no hurry and made no effort to hide himself. Hewalked directly toward the closest guard who was struggling to see into thegloom. In a poetic coincidence, it started to rain.“Whoa- who are you? Stop there.” The guard shouted as he caught site of Damonstriding toward him.“Whome,” Damon mocked, “I’m only a nightmare!” He leaped over the remainingdistance as he spoke, and he finished his sentence while he grabbed the man bythe front of his shirt, breaking through the ceramic-mesh armor underneath. Helifted him easily off his feet and growled in his face, “I’m the Demon, come tolife,” and he crushed the man against the side of the building.Damonfelt the stiffening of his armor a split second before a huge impact hit himfull in the back, driving him through the wall and into the ground.Wow, Ifelt that one! He had never been hit so hard inany of his training. Before he had time to stand up, his armor stiffened againand another shell smashed into him, driving him deeper in the foundation of thebuilding. A good portion of the wall fell in on top of him.He shook his head to clear it and tried to extricate himselffrom the rubble. It came from behind and above, I must have missed some bigguns up there. He ignored Cinnia’s voice in his head saying ‘I told youso!’ He could still feel the impact points on his back, and his face andshoulders hurt where they had been driven into the hardened concrete. Thelingering pain made him nervous, it had been a long time since he felt anything.He continued to scrabble through the broken debris, trying to find something inhis HUD to identify the attacker. He desperately wanted to move beforethey could hit him again.What other books would youcompare this story to within your genre?The Reality Dysfunction, by Peter F Hamilton(mostly for his crazy-implanted mercenaries)Armor, by John SteakleyStarship Troopers, by Robert AHeinleinAnd many, many more.Who or what inspired you towrite this book?I always wanted to write, and I lovethese science fiction themes. Ted’s blog about his own venture into writing gaveme my initial inspiration, and Tami Moore was a big help in making it work. Allof the folks over at Saucy Ink have been so helpful I might actually come outof this with a good book!What else about your book mightpique the reader’s interest?I’m trying to emulate something Ilearned from Steven Erikson’s books, where the good guys and bad guys are notobvious. In some scenes you’ll be rooting against a character only to findyourself rooting for them later. Even the MC lives in a grey area most of thetime.


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