A few weeks ago, I was invited to take part in The Next Big Thing blog hop. And what, pray tell, is a “The Next Big Thing blog hop”? Well, it involves me answering a set of ten questions on a recent or upcoming release on this blog, and then forwarding the same questions to other writers of my choice so that they can do the same – and keep the process going until, presumably, every living writer with an internet presence has participated.
Amanda Ball, who kindly extended the invitation to yours truly, talked about her upcoming release on her blog last week, here:
I, in turn, extended the invitation to a few more writers:
As it turned out, author Ari Marmell knew all about the blog hop – because he’d already participated several months ago. Get the scoop on the latest installment in his Widdershins series here:
Author Mandy Hager has yet to participate in the blog hop (Success!). She’ll be talking about her latest release, The Crossing, over on her blog next week: Mandy Hager – Writer. I will, of course, provide a link once the Q&A is up.
And, finally, the ever-entertaining Sam Sykes will be discussing his work here: Sam Sykes » Blog.
So, my turn.
Even though I was only forwarded ten questions, there were actually eleven I had to answer – the 11th (or, more appropriately, first) being: Which work do I choose to discuss? I ultimately decided to go with Dark Matter, my comic book series. Why? Well, for starters, the trade paperback collecting the first arc came out in October. Also, although I’ve written several “things” since, none are yet available for public consumption (I don’t believe there’s an airdate for the Delete miniseries while two of the pilots I wrote won’t be going to camera until the spring). Finally, there’s a good chance I’ll have even more to say about Dark Matter in the near future. And let’s leave it at that for now.
On to the questions…
1: What is the working title of your book?
2: Where did the idea come from?
The idea had been brewing for quite some time – some five years! I developed the series while working on Stargate. The plan was to set it up as a series whenever Stargate ended. The only problem was (and, believe me, it was a classy problem) Stargate was in no hurry to end. Thus, I had a lot of time to really flesh out the characters, their respective backstories, and the series as a whole.
3: What genre does your book come under?
Science fiction. Space Opera in the truest sense of the term.
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Movie? You mean t.v. rendition, no? Well, hard to say. Don’t want to tip my hand just yet.
5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The crew of a derelict ship awakens from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got onboard.
6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
The comic book series was published by Dark Horse Comics.
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The series and pilot were five years in the making – but it took me about a month to write the first script.
8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Certainly Stargate. A few of the space-based anime series like Cowboy Bebop and Trigun. Maybe a touch of Breaking Bad (actually, reverse Breaking Bad).
9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I drew my inspiration from a variety of sources: The Dirty Dozen, The Seven Samurai, The Shield, The Thunderbolts, Cowboy Bebop, Trigun.
10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Well, the plan has always been to produce a television series based on the concept. Want a sneak peek at the first few episodes? Pick up the trade paperback: Dark Matter Volume 1: Rebirth TPB :: Profile :: Dark Horse Comics