The Next Best Thing Challenge

by - July 12, 2012

My Triberr tribemate Mae Clair tagged me for the Next Best Thing Challenge. Mae's paranormal romance, Weathing Rock, comes out in October and sounds like a fascinating read.

So, onto the ten questions of the Next Best Thing Challenge!

What is the title of your book or WIP?
Asher's Invention.

Where did the idea of this book come from?
From reading and day dreaming.

What genre would your book fall under?
Steampunk romance.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
This is a difficult one.

Asher Quigley
Rupert Friend

Minerva Lambkin
Romola Garai

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Brilliant inventor, Asher Quigley, was once betrayed by his fiancee, Minerva Lambkin, but now she needs his help to save her father.

Is your book published or represented?
Asher's Invention is published by Carina Press.

How long did it take you to write it?
I took a month to write a first draft, then several weeks of editing before submitting it.

What other books in your genre would you compare it to?
I don't like comparing my books to others because everyone's tastes are individual, and I'd hate to lead readers astray!

Which authors inspired you to write this book?
Gail Carriger, definitely, for her Parasol Protectorate novels. Also Phil and Kaja Foglio's Agatha H and the Airship City. I enjoyed all these books immensely.

Tell us anything else that might pique our interest in your book.
I had a lot of fun deciding on steampunk names. In fact, Minerva's surname, Lambkin, came from an online steampunk name generator.

And that's my challenge done! If anyone else would like to do the challenge, consider yourself tagged!

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  1. Nice look at Asher's Invention, Coleen. I can't believe you wrote it in a month!! Can I have some that high-octane muse, LOL.

    1. I joined a month-long writers' sprint group to get the first draft done. Also, it is a novella, not a full length novel. And yes, sometimes the muse does fire on all cylinders. Unfortunately it doesn't happen every day!

  2. I like your pick of characters. :)Great to find out a little more about Asher's Invention. :)

  3. I'm really shy about doing challenges ... but you're answers were fascinating. A month for the first draft? Envy!

  4. Thanks for your comments, Whitney and Jenny. For me the most interesting part of the challenge was finding actors to portray my characters.