My Novel In A Game Of Tag

I was never very good at tag. Probably because it involved people touching me.

But recently, my archaeologist writing buddy, JM McDowell, captured me in a different kind of tag. The kind where a blogger answers eleven questions posed by the tagger, and then creates eleven new questions to pass onto eleven more bloggers.

Guess what my first reaction was?

But leave it to JM to come up with something creative and pique my interest. One would think a lifetime of dirt-digging might prompt overexposure to buried lead-paint chips and thus, cerebral deficiencies. But Indiana Jones McDowell is sharper than ever. I guess, unlike me, she knew not to eat the dirt.

JM’s eleven questions cater to novelists, allowing the writer to showcase his or her work. Since I have yet to offer details about my upcoming novel, her tag seemed a perfect opportunity.*

Of course, answering these questions assumes three things:

1)      I consider myself a writer and novelist.

2)      You give a baboon’s red hiney about my novel.

3)      I don’t exceed 700 words in this post. (Remember my promise?)

I doubt any of the above three assumptions are possible, but here goes.

JM McDowell’s Author Interview Questions:

1. Which genre best describes your current [novel]?

A medical thriller with a side of science fiction. To—you know—add something new to an already overdone genre.

2. Who do you consider the audience to be for your work?

Any hapless soul who stumbles into my trap.

3. How did the idea for the work come to you?

The old “write what you know” phenomenon. Physicians endure years of education. Too bad we can only do one thing. Therefore, I could write about disease. Or I could write about disease. Or, I could write about disease.

4. Are you an organized outliner or a “pantser” when you write?

When I wrote the novel eight years ago, I was a pantser who was too ignorant to know what a pantser was. Painful plot excavation and new story development ensued. I am now an organized outliner.

5. Is this book part of a series/sequel or standalone?

A standalone. And no vampires, zombies, or bondage to be found. Sorry.

6. Did your research for the book lead you to new twists or scenes for the story?

Not really. But I did expose Mr. Rubin to a few nasty viruses just to see what would happen. Other than turning into a Mayan warrior, he was fine.

7. Some agents suggest comparing your work to that of a published author. Can you think of a good comparison for yours?

Robin Cook is too obvious. Besides, that restraining order he slapped on me precludes me from doing so.

8. Who is your greatest cheerleader/supporter for your writing?

Hmm, does that include the people who think I’m an idiot? I suppose Mr. Rubin, but with a head shaped like a vagina, what do you expect?

9. Seated next to you on a plane is one of your dream agents. Do you have a 3-sentence description of your [novel] ready to pitch?

After telling him or her to keep away from my limited personal space, I would pitch this single sentence:

In The Seneca Scourge, a young physician, caught up in the worst influenza pandemic of all time, teams up with a mysterious new research virologist, whose motivation to contain the deadly outbreak proves different from her own.

10. Book covers and ads often carry a short excerpt from the story. Would you share your choice with your readers?

Since my 700-word limit is approaching, I’ll save this question for an upcoming post. But suffice it to say my cover artist rocks.

11. When the book is published, how will you celebrate?

We visited a Mexican Tequila factory on our recent cruise. Two bottled purchases await the book’s release date. Nuff said.

Phew. Just under 700 words. Which means I don’t have any room left to continue the tag by creating eleven new questions and passing them onto you.

Now you’ll be the ones celebrating with tequila.

Images are from Microsoft Clip Art except for my tequila supplier, which is compliments of my iPhone.

*Thanks, JM, for this fun blog idea. And for once again putting up with my antics.

163 Responses to “My Novel In A Game Of Tag”

  1. Marylin Warner

    You have a wonderful, intelligent, informative sense of humor about your writing, and life in general. VERY rare in writers, and much needed to help us keep things in perspective. Thank you.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you! What a wonderful comment to find waiting for me. It’s words like that that help keep me going in times of self-doubt. I appreciate you stopping by.
      :)

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  2. acflory

    lmao – I hope some of your dry sense of humour appears in The Book as well, despite it’s rather serious subject matter! I’m a sucker for medical thrillers, especially if they come with a twist of sci-fi so I can hardly wait!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Well, that’s great to hear! But sadly, there is little humor in the novel. I had never thought about writing humor before I started this blog. And my current WIP won’t be a ball of laughs, either. Guess that’s what my blog is for.
      :)

      As always, thanks for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you. The editing is over. Now I wait for the release next month. I’ll be posting some entries on the whole process soon.
      :)

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thanks, Miss Pink! It will be released next month, either on Sept. 1st or 15th. The publisher hasn’t confirmed the date with me yet as it can be “subject to change.” I suspect the e-book version will be released first. Thanks for your interest. But sorry. No kitties in it.
      :)

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  3. Daniel Nest

    Thanks for introducing me to a new term. Now that I know it, I can probably call myself an outlining pantser ;)

    So, how long until your upcoming disease-based novel is available to the masses?

    Oh yeah, and I’m back by the way, just arrived to DK this evening.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Welcome back! Hopefully you survived your travels unscathed. My book comes out in September–either on the 1st or the 15th, althought that is subject to change according to the publisher. So at this point, it’s a mystery to me as well.
      :)

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  4. whiteladyinthehood

    Definitely promote yourself! You are very bright and witty. The book sounds very interesting!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you for the nice words. Kind of you to say. And I’m waiting for your next post, by the way. No pressure, of course.
      ;)

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  5. Kourtney Heintz

    Thanks for taking the plunge and telling us more about your book. It sounds fascinating. I love how your voice takes over the Q&A!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you. It’s hard to know where that line is between telling people about my book and overdoing it ad nauseum. I hope I don’t cross that line, though I do have a few more posts coming.
      :)

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  6. Chris Biscuits

    May I say that it’s genuinely exciting to see someone ‘making it’, especially independently and on their terms. Many people talk about it, and some practice, but few actually get up off their arse and do it. Your blog is particularly great because you’re a fair way along the process, and your insights and experiences are invaluable. Anyway, enough fawning. Great post, and good luck!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you! I’m not sure if I’m “making it,” but at least I’m finally getting published. Now I have to find that fine line of blogging about my experience for those who are interested without writing endless posts that are all “MeMeMeMe” and “ReadMyBook” entries. No one wants that, especially me.
      :)

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  7. riatarded

    hahahha I’ll gladly be the ‘hapless soul’ that fell into your trap! x

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  8. i mayfly

    I’m so excited for you; Sept is practically on top of us! Now POD or ebook? Ebook or POD? Both would be new formats for me. Hmmm, wonder which one would a stripped-ass baboon chose? ;-) because you certainly have me intrigued.

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  9. sammerson

    I’ll have you know you just lost a reader! I was totally on board with your book until I found out there were no zombie vampires performing ludicrous acts of bondage. What a freakin let down! I’m so disappointed now.

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  10. sheilapierson

    It goes without saying that I can’t wait to read your book! However, the subject matter is one that literally scares the hell out of me. I could barely get through the movie “Outbreak” without needing to go online and buy a non-rebreather, a gallon of Lysol, extra food supplies, taping my windows and doors, etc. – you get it. It’s funny because I’m one of those hellion rebellions who politely opts for fewer vaccines and more natural alternatives to immune building, combined with avoiding crowds during peak flu season. With the current Ebola outbreak in Uganda it goes to show that we are never really safe – oh geez, now I’m freaking myself out. I think I’ll have to read your book while wearing a Hazmat suit :) By the way, when you break out the Tequila let me know and I’ll break out the Vodka. Heck, make a WP announcement and we’ll all break out our fav drinks and have a blog book release party together!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Now that sounds like a great idea! A boozy, drunken, online-blog book release party. I like it.
      :)

      Sorry to report I have no hazmat suit for you, but if I can convince you to get your flu shot, then I’ll be a happy camper. Not that a flu shot would help with the virus in my book. Oops, did I just freak you out more?
      :)

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      • sheilapierson

        Ha! That would definitely take some convincing especially with that last line! lol :) But heck yeah, I’m all for the blog party!!

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  11. Polly Robinson

    Carrie, apologies if you’ve answered this already, just don’t have time to go through all the comments here (wow! what a lot of interest! great!) but will the release date be the same in the UK or will we be able to order a copy of your book online on the day it’s released?

    Great blog ~ roll on release date! :)

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Actually, I don’t know the answer to that. Although my cover artist and editor have been great with the communication, I haven’t heard as much from the publishers themselves, so I’m not sure. If I find out, I’ll let you know. Thanks for the interest.
      :)

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Ha ha! The funny part is, I actually thought of you when we were at that factory. I’m not much of a Tequila drinker myself, but they did have some tasty flavors.
      :)

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  12. Main Street Musings Blog

    I admire your determination! That photo up there could easily be me shouting into my computer in utter frustration as I pursue my goal towards humor column syndication. The state newspaper publishing is in these days, it’s like trying to climb a mountain during an avalanche.

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      • Main Street Musings Blog

        I do, and I do enjoy it but I’d like to expand. Though it feels pretty hopeless. Newspapers only seem to want to hire local columnists nowadays. I’ve afraid I missed the syndication boat.

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        • Carrie Rubin

          I imagine the whole newspaper experience has changed because of the Internet and the many different ways people can get the news. Still, kudos to you for having a regular writing gig.

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  13. Dr. Erhumu

    Wow, 8 years is a long time but I guess it was waiting for the right time, now the world is ready for that great unveiling.
    “For a gallant spirit there can never be defeat.” ~ Wallis Simpson.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Oh, I like that quote! But don’t let the eight years mislead you into thinking it’s some epic novel. It just sat unattended in my computer for a long time while I toiled in the real world. Every so often I’d dust it off, rewrite it, and send it off to an agent, only to be rejected. I gave it a final go last year and found a small publisher willing to take it. A Pulitzer it is not, but hopefully readers will at least want to keep turning the pages. That is my only goal.
      :)

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thanks. And I’m sure that trio of vampires, zombies, and bondage is in the next soon-to-be-released trilogy by some lucky author. It just won’t be me.
      :)

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