My novel blog hop

Back in March I was tagged for a fun little Blog Hop which allows you all a peek into my manuscript(s). I have J. G. Burdette to thank for this.  Sorry it took a while to get round to doing this but I’m sure you’ll have read I had a few things happen recently.

Originally the idea was to sprinkle some tidbits on the book being written but as I am currently working on 3 books, I am going to live life a little dangerously and mention a bit on 2 of of them.

What is the working title of your book?— The first book title is going to be “Planes, Trains and sinking boats”, the second is of yet untitled.

Planes, trains and sinking b

Front cover graphics for my new book ‘Planes, trains and sinking boats

Where did the idea come from for the book?—  The first book just seemed like an obvious extension from my first Historical Novel as I had done a lot of travelling, in part whilst research that book.  Also though, I just wanted something simple and easy to write.    For the second one, the idea actually came to me in a dream.  I get lots of ideas from dreams both for brand new stories  and also for plot points within stories as I am writing them.

What genre does your book fall under?—  The first is kind of a humorous travelogue whilst the second is a adult fiction/science fiction.

Which actor would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?—  The main character would have to be played by someone like Djimon Hounsou and if she is still acting then Dudu Mkhize

Djimon Hounsou in The Four Feathers

Djimon plays one of the most amazing characters in one of my favourite films. Perhaps one of the most noble on-screen characters of all time.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?-– A religious man in a traditional rural village in Africa is plagued by his neighbours doubting his faith so he writes a message in the sand asking God if He is real and the next morning he gets an answer which says Yes.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?—The first probably self published and the second two through an agency hopefully.  However I have had bad experiences with publishers so I am not too disappointed by self-publishing.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?—  It took 2 or 3 years to write my travelogue but I would only write in the evenings every few months. If I had sat down to write it one go then it would probably have taken a month or 6 weeks.  The second book is still in first draft so I can’t say much more than that!

What other books would compare to this work within your genre?— For the first one, I would compare it with “Holidays in Hell” by P.J. O’Rourke.  I have not come across anything similar to my second piece so hopefully it is more or less unique.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?— For my second book, I already had 2 or 3 ideas in my head but this one just came from nowhere and immediately inspired everyone that I told about it. Plus I like Africa, history and science fiction and this premise gives me quite a bit of leeway of hour the story can unfold as opposed to my first historical fiction novel which I wanted to remain faithful to the period and location.

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

I’ve mentioned the science-fiction part of this novel despite it being set in a rural and traditional African village.  The revelation later in the story is that they are not in an African village but rather on Martian colony which lost contact with Earth for centuries after a cataclysm.

Here are the writers I have tagged:

A Writers Journey — Shirley is a writer and works on articles and I believe she has a novel in the works!.

Seyi Sandra – A writer with a difference – As the blog title suggests, Seyi is an author with several books under her belt.

Kellyann Zuzolo – Kellyann is a writer who specialises on genies and magic.

Marinixwriter – Mari is a prolific blogger and is working on her first book.  I don’t what it is about but I am sure it will be great.

Cruel Sister  – This site is the home to David Conway who after being a successful international journalist is now turning his hand to what is hoped to be the first in a series of novels.

Here are the rules “tagees”:

Rules of the Next Big Thing:

  • Use this format for your post
  • Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress)
  • Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.

Thank you once again, J.G. it was a lot of fun

About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including several #1 sellers. I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. I run my private tours company with one tour stated by the leading travel website as being with the #1 authentic London Experience. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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2 Responses to My novel blog hop

  1. Great blog and thanks so much for tagging me! I will follow the rules this weekend. 🙂


  2. J. G. Burdette says:

    Sounds interesting (and unique!). Glad to have been able to learn about your books. Thanks for sharing!


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