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.