I got challenged to this writer tag by Claerie Kavanaugh, whose blog you should check out, if you haven’t. The tag is 10 Questions and Answers About My Current Book, so I’m going to talk about Nine Tails. Technically Nine Tails is a novella series, but the first five episodes should add up to roughly one book. I’m working on finishing up the third episode, which should be released early this coming week.
So yeah, here it goes:
1) What is the working title of your book?
No working title, as it’s already in the process of being released. The third episode is entitled “The Serpent and the Centipede”…which makes more sense if you’ve been following the story up to this point.
2) Where did the idea come from for your book?
I was cleaning out my grandmother’s home. She was a hoarder, and while shuffling through the debris I started contemplating the idea of finding a magical artifact somewhere in there. I thought that would make a great story.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
4) Which actors would you choose to play in your movie rendition?
I don’t know if there are enough widely known Korean-American actors to fill out the cast…so to be honest, I’m not sure.
5) What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Buffy meets Korean mythology.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It is being self-published.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I’m finishing up the third novella in this series. The series as a whole took several years to come together because I bounced between it and other projects, and it took me awhile to figure out the format, plot, and characters I wanted to use.
This episode took a little over a week to finish.
8) What other books would you compare this story to?
There’s a novel Kojiki I heard about, which I think is sort of similar, though it’s based on Japanese mythology. There’s also the Gilded series by Christina Farley, which is another YA series based on Korean myth, so I’d say it’s somewhat similar to that.
9) Who or what inspired you to write the book?
After the initial idea, I persevered because it was interesting exploring some of the folktales from part of my heritage. Up to that point I had only been interested in writing Western style fantasy and sci-fi, but I thought this was an interesting project because it explored another culture.
As I become more invested in diversity in fiction and movements like We Need Diverse Books, this project took on a different sort of importance.
10) What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s a chance to learn a little bit about another culture’s folklore, which I think is more interesting than rehashing the same vampires and werewolves that usually show up in urban fantasies.
If you’re interested in checking out Nine Tails, the first two episodes are available in the Kindle Store. You can also pick up a free prequel short story that leads into the series by signing up for my mailing list.
I hope you enjoyed reading this. And now, as the most important part of any tag, I challenge Jenna Moreci to complete it.