Wow, what an idea.The next big thing.

My friend and fellow Genre Underground author Robert Eaton (@heroalwayswins) tagged me in this blog hop tour, so I’m supposed to answer a few questions about my upcoming project. Here goes!

What is the working title of your book?

Well, it’s not really a working title anymore as it’s set to release in about a week. It’s called Sins of the Father. No subtitle.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Well, about two years ago now I wrote a short story called Dutiful Daughter, which I published as a free giveaway on multiple platforms a year ago. Many of the people who read it saw it not as a self-contained work, but as the start to something more (like so many of my short stories end up being). This book is the continuation of that story.

What genre(s) does your book fall under?

Science fiction, particularly military sci-fi, and thriller. The plot structure is less akin to a traditional military sci-fi war book and closer to the kind of political thriller you’d get from a season of 24. A few key characters struggling against the system, that kind of thing.

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

Ooh, this is kind of a hard one. I’m going to base this one mostly on appearance, not necessarily on who I think could bring the parts alive, because I’m no casting director. Here goes:

Trace Atherton - Katie McGrath
(Author’s Note: Trying to figure out who the hell looks closest to how I envision Trace in my head was quite the project. Katie here is very close… perhaps just a bit too pixie-ish, but her severity in images as Merlin‘s Morgana gets pretty damn close.)

Zack Richards - Wilmer Valderrama
James Kent – Nick Dunning
Thomas Atherton – Viggo Mortensen
Darren AthertonEwan MacGregor
Jami Kellerson – Benedict Cumberbatch
Marcus Parks –
Jonny Lee Miller
Lena Winchester -
  Emily Kinney
Rochelle Santiago – Dania Ramirez
Miles Briggs –
Adam Busch
Rosaria de Vega –
Astrid Berges-Frisbey
Jason Iverson –
Andrew Lincoln
Immanuel Erickson – Christopher Eccleston

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Up against the government of her own home, Trace Atherton must race to stop an atrocity before her father sacrifices millions of lives to maintain his own base of power.

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

Self-published. What can I say? I’m a revolutionary.

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

58 days from start to finish of the first draft. It was a hell of a process, including a day near the end when I wrote 7,500 words.

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

Being that I have a strong female protagonist on a spaceship, I’m certain that it will be compared to the Honor Harrington series. Trace and Honor have very little in common, though.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I wanted to write military sci-fi after reading a bunch from Baen, which led to my writing Dutiful Daughter. From there, I never would have written this novel if it weren’t from the feedback of the many readers who wanted to see what happened to Trace following her imprisonment.

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

Lots of characters, intertwining storylines, family drama and plenty of action — both in space and on the ground. Science that remains grounded in reality (or at least plausibility), given the advanced timeline. A Weber-ian understanding of spatial distance, if a slightly different approach to starship combat.

That’s about all, folks. Thanks for dropping by!