I have been tagged by the ever-lovely NK Jemisin to do the "next big thing" meme that has been floating around, and as I am an amenable soul (when I want to be), I thought I'd give it a go. So...
1. What is the working title of your next book?
Midnight Blue-Light Special. Which is probably the final title at this point, since the ARCs have been printed and I don't enjoy having things thrown at me by my publisher. They're generally amiable over at DAW. I try not to push it.
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
At the end of Discount Armageddon, Verity was in a pretty good place as re: basically everything. She defeated the bad guy, solved the mystery, kissed a pretty boy, and pretty much won at life. So I started from the position of "how can I ruin her day?", and it all went downhill from there.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
Urban fantasy, with just a hint of paranormal romance. The CW, rather than HBO.
4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Can I have a TV show instead? If I could have absolutely anyone, no barriers, I'd cast Alona Tal (Jo from Supernatural, Meg from Veronica Mars) as Verity, and Ryan Cartwright (Mr. Nigel-Murray from Bones, Gary from Alphas) as Dominic. And I think Amber Benson would make an amazing Sarah.
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When cryptozoologist Verity Price finds herself dealing with a Covenant purge of Manhattan, she quickly has to redefine her idea of "bad situation."
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I am represented by Diana Fox, of Fox Literary. Midnight Blue-Light Special will be published by DAW Books.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
About six months, give or take a trip to Disney World.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
It has a similar structure to Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld, and a similar snappy feel to Tanya Huff's Keeper Chronicles or Gale Girl books.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Honestly, Verity did. The character has a lot of momentum behind her. At this point, I just point her at things and watch what happens.
10. What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?
Talking pantheistic cryptid mice worship the main character as a living conduit to the gods. And also to the baked goods section at Safeway.