The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

And now for The Next Big Thing!

This blog hop includes ten questions to help you learn more about an author’s current work in progress, so here’s a little info about my current project:
1: What is the working title of your book?

THE ANDERSEN ANCESTRY…the sequel to my novel, THE GRIMM LEGACY, which came out in ebook last year from Musa Publishing.

2: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Janie Grimm has survived being targeted for her ancestors (the Grimm Brothers) actions, only to have the faerie courts request her help in locating and protecting a relative of Hans Christian Andersen from the Seawitch, while trying to start a summer internship and keep a part time job.

3: Where did the idea come from for the book?

The better question is where the idea for both books came from…I’d watched a movie about the Grimm Brothers (the one with Heath Ledger) and thought about how I’d tell a different kind of story. As I’ve done more and more research on fairy tales and folklore, more and more ideas come to mind!

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

This isn’t easy at all! Janie and her friends are in their early twenties…and anyone who would be good for them now wouldn’t necessarily be young enough down the road! I do think that the voice of Bert the frog could easily be Alan Tudyk (Wash from Firefly…I’m a big fan), but Woody Harrelson could also be interesting. Janie could be Jennifer Lawrence, from the Hunger Games. Mia…well, that could be Amanda Seyfried, from Mamma Mia. Aiden, on the other hand, is the difficult pick. I don’t know that I have anyone in mind for him.

5: What genre does your book fall under?

Definitely fantasy; it could also be labeled as contemporary fantasy.

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

I’m still writing it! Have been working on it for the last year, but the pieces are quickly falling into place on it, and I should be done with all of it, and the editing (at least the stuff I do before I turn it in to the editor) in mid to late February.

7: Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I like the idea of what if. What if you were suddenly faced with something totally unbelievable at a time when you’re already stressed out over what’s going on in your life? The most stressful time I could think of was starting law school (I graduated from the same law school where THE GRIMM LEGACY was set). I remembered my parents reading me fairy tales when I was a kid, and actually going back and seeking them out to read them myself when I was old enough to read on my own. Smash the two ideas together, and I got started on the ideas in the first book. The one I’m working on now is the sequel.

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

Yikes. I’ve described these books as The Paper Chase meets fairy tales, but that’s more about the first book than the second. The second book, the one I’m working on now, talks about the characters in their first summer internship. I’d like to think it’s a good mash up of the tone in Janet Evanovich’s books with the fun humorous fantasy in Christopher Moore’s books.

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

Oh, that’s easy! Englebert Maximus Jorganson Horace the Sixth. Also known as Bert, a former prince who was turned into a frog by a witch, and serves as Janie’s friend, advisor, and comic relief in both books. Bert’s soooooo much fun to write. Who ever thought that a frog prince would like NASCAR and imported beer, and have a snappy comeback for just about everything?

10. Where can we find you? How do we follow when your book is coming out?

My website is, of course, right here…and I’m on Facebook and Twitter, and I have an Amazon author page and a Goodreads author page.

You can find links to all those sites here.

There are a handful of authors I would love to introduce you to (or you may already know them!)

They will be next week’s blog hoppers starting on the 31st.

In no particular order, may I present:

Terry W. Ervin, II is a writer from my own neck of the woods, as he and I both live in Champaign County, Ohio. We met last year at an art event in Urbana, where local authors were promoting their work, and had a great time talking books and conferences and all kinds of stuff. Terry’s got some interesting projects available from Gryphonwood Press, and has published numerous articles and short stories. There’s a whole list of his stuff on his website, which is at, and he runs a blog connected to that website.

I hadn’t realized that Chris Garrison had already posted in this blog hop…and I’m excited to see that his projects have recently gotten picked up by Hydra Publications and Seventh Star Press…so I’m linking back to his post talking about the same kind of stuff here…follow his website at Christ and I got to serve on some panels together last year at Context in Columbus, Ohio, and we had a great time! I’m looking forward both to getting his stuff and to hopefully seeing him at conferences in the next year!

There’s also my friend, Dana Brantley-Sieders. We met at Killer Nashville last year, and got a chance to swap projects and hang out for a bit, and she’s represented by the fabulous Natalia Aponte at the Aponte Literary Agency. Dana’s a ton of fun to hang out with, and her writing’s a ton of fun, too! She’s got a romance novella coming out in 2013 from Lyrical Press, and she’s got some other fun stuff on the way…You can find her website at

I’ve said before that going to conferences and meeting and networking with other writers pays off…so here’s a shout out to Anne Marie Lutz at I met her at Context last year, and she’s the one who tagged me in this blog hop. Her stuff sounds pretty awesome as well, so stop by and check her out!




Lotsa stuff…Not much to talk about

There’s a lot going on over here at Chez King…

Wedding crafts are all over the place, but slowly getting completed and put back into storage.

Wordcount is slowly but surely growing on THE ANDERSEN ANCESTRY. Silent giggling is going on as I’m adding new wrinkles to the outline I already had. It’s part of the process for me…I need to have some kind of plan, but sooner or later, somewhere, somehow, I’m going to go off outline. Generally that’s a good thing. Some of the best scenes I’ve written have been off-outline, brain sparks of inspiration that just flowed. And scenes with Bert the frog tend to come out that way. However, this time, it isn’t. And that’s all I’m going to say about that. 😉

The Boy has started indoor soccer tonight, so I got writing time while BF took him to the game, and I had a cousin stop by with her daughter, who was selling Girl Scout cookies. I’ve somehow managed to resist the people selling them at work, but I couldn’t say no to her. I think I showed restraint by stopping at two boxes. Hey, I do have a wedding dress to fit into, after all!

The Fuzzy Menace is being clingy and needy these days, and has been trying new and interesting ways of attempting to fit onto my lap while I write. I swear she’s going to end up on top of the keyboard sooner or later, but it’s incredibly cute and all kinds of distracting. I am learning, however, that no matter how much lap I might have, a netbook and a fourteen pound cat is too much for my lap to hold all at once, although Elizabeth the fuzzy menace keeps trying to find a way to make it work. Right now, she’s lying across my right leg, while I have the netbook balanced on my left, and she’s leaning up against the back of my right hand, purring as loud as a diesel engine.

I’m still working on putting together a schedule of appearances, etc., for 2013, and will post them soon. There will be some online stuff coming up as well.

Needless to say, life is a lot insane lately, and not a lot of news to report, so suffice it to say that the new book is coming along, and I’ll post as I get more information that I can share.

News and Stuff and Things

Okay…the business of holiday is over. Wedding plans are starting to fall into place (that implies that those things are easy, which it isn’t, but things are getting checked off of various lists). Progress is being made on many fronts including preparing and scheduling appearances, conferences, and other scheduling items for the next year. Progress is being made on the current novel.

All of that is why I’ve had a hard time getting stuff posted on this blog. However, there’s stuff coming up that I wanted to be sure that people are aware of.

First of all, the TRIUMPH OVER TRAGEDY anthology is coming out TOMORROW, January 8, 2013. My short story, “Welcome to New York” is one of many donated stories from many different and very talented authors. It’s available in ebook starting tomorrow on Amazon and will also be up on other platforms probably within a week or so. I’ll post links as soon as I have them.

Also, I’m making some arrangements to have print copies of some of my projects to have available at some of my upcoming appearances and conferences for sale. Those will not be available over the website, due to contractual obligations, but I will be posting my schedule when I have things firmed up a bit more. More on this later.

I also should tell you that THE ANDERSEN ANCESTRY, my current project, is tentatively scheduled for release on May 31, 2013 from Musa Publishing. This could still change, but this is the current date on the calendar.

I do have other projects and things in progress and pending, but those are all on hold due to upcoming contracted deadlines.

Hope everyone had a safe a happy holiday season.