Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Next Big Thing Meme

You may have heard I have a new book out.  You haven't? Well, the ebook is already available, and the POD will be out sometime soon. To mark this historic event I though I'd have a go at 'The Next Big Thing Meme', ten questions about the book.

1. What is the name of your book? Apollo the Thirteenth. I was trying to think of a film title I could homage to and I remembered Friday the Thirteenth and Apollo 13.  The natural choice was to join them together, especially as Apollo 13 appears in the story.

2. Where did the idea for your book come from? The dark, deep recesses of my mind, the place where only heroes dare tread and few come out alive.

3. In what genre would you classify your book? Humour, SF adventure.

4. If you had to pick actors to play your characters in a movie rendition, who would you choose? I'd have to select myself as the character of Alan as you would need someone short, balding and chubby. Kenny Baker could take on the role of Igor, Jerry Ryan would make a good Anne, Jennifer Saunders could play Carla and Mae would be taken by Anne Hathaway.

5. Give us a one-sentence synopsis of your book. They've found the Apollo 13 Lander and though Alan and the colonies know it's a fake, a pompous archaeologist from Earth thinks otherwise.

6. Is your book already published/represented? The ebook is out already and the POD will be released soon. November 24th marks the 'official launch'.

7. How long did it take you to write your book? Seven months.

8. What other books within your genre would you compare it to? Or, readers of which books would enjoy yours? The last one was compared to The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, and this one follows in a similar vein.  Other authors whose books can be compared to this one are Tom Holt, Robert Rankin and Harry Harrison.

9. Which authors inspired you to write this book? I refer the reader to the reply I gave above. I've also learned a lot from Stephen King, Robert Harris, JK Rowling, Stephen Hunt, Jim Butcher and Gail Carriger.

10. Tell us anything that might pique our interest in your book. It has a cute robot that would make mincemeat of R2D2, a villain with a cape and uncovers the truth behind those little stones that always manage to place themselves in the wrong place and trip you up. Oh yes, God likes her tea with milk and finds Galaxy Quest hilarious

So that's my book.  What about yours?


 See you on Friday.


Lisa Shafer said...

Witches. *giggle*

Martin Willoughby said...

Lisa: They moved with the times.