The Next Big Thing

13 Dec

I hadn’t heard of The Next Big Thing blog chain until Barb Caffrey (a fellow writer, extremely good editor and friend) tagged me on her blog. Barb has written ELFY, a coming of age story set in an urban fantasy universe which puts a new slant on elves and other magical creatures. It’s well worth a read.

Anyway, here are the rules:

1.Give credit to the person who tagged you (see above).

2.Post the rules for this blog hop,

3.Answer these 10 questions about your current work,

4.Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can go over and meet them.

The first writer I’d like to mention (and advertise) is Philip Richards, a British Army Sergeant who has written a Kindle book called CROW. If you liked Starship Troopers, you’ll like CROW, even though it lacks the philosophical sections of Heinlein’s famous novel. (This isn’t a bad thing; I first tried to read ST at 9 and I was put off by the philosophy.) CROW follows a young infantry recruit as he is assigned to a new unit and takes part in a planetary invasion. The book is tightly focused on the poor bloody infantry , with a military based on the British Army, rather than the USMC. That alone makes it worth a read.

The second is Joshua Wachter (some of you may recognise the name from my work, as I named a handful of characters after him.) Joshua’s Kindle book – Admiral Who – is set in the far future, following a determined, but utterly unprepared character as he struggles to maintain some form of civilisation. He makes mistakes – including one that accidentally lands him a wife – as he grows into his role.

The third is George Phillies, who has several books on Kindle, including The One World and Mistress of the Waves. Both of them are set in very different worlds – world-building is one of the author’s skills – but the characters are also very human.

The fourth is really a combination; Richard Evens and Adam Gaffan. They were granted permission to write in one of John Ringo’s universes and have produced The KIldarian, a worthy successor to the original books. If you like John Ringo – or James Bond – you’ll love their addition to the series, although it probably shouldn’t be read without knowing the earlier books.

The fifth is Dale Cozort, who is familiar to everyone in the Alternate History world. Dale is known for his detailed timelines; now, he has moved into the writing world too, with Exchange. If you’re interested in interdimensional travel – and the implications of such – Dale’s book is well worth a read. He also has a small selection of timelines based on the Native Americans – a rarity in alternate history – in book form.


What is the working title of your book?

Schooled in Magic.


Where did the idea come from for your book?

Now that is a hard question to answer.

I suppose that part of it grew out of my brainstorming for The Royal Sorceress, including a number of pieces I discarded because they wouldn’t fit into the world background. The Royal Sorceress takes place in a steampunk world, while the idea that became Schooled in Magic had to take place in a more traditional fantasy world. And then what became the Allied Lands started to take shape.

And bits of it grew out of my frustration with Harry Potter. <grin>

What genre does your book fall under?

Light fantasy, I think. It might also fit under YA.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie version?

That’s another hard question, simply because I don’t watch many movies.

Emily herself might be played by Francis Amey, the actress who played Dinah Hunter in The Demon Headmaster. She does (did) a very shy, yet very intelligent girl who was something of a social misfit. But it’s been a long time since I watched the show and my memories are probably rose-tinted.

Void – Emily’s mentor, who may be more than he seems – could be played by Tom Hiddleston, who played Loki in The Avengers. He has an intensity that can move from civil to sardonic in seconds.

Professor Thande was directly based on David Tenant, a fact Emily lampshades in the text.

That’s enough dreaming, I think.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Transported into a magical world, with her life threatened by powerful enemies, Emily must learn how to survive before it is too late.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Well, I hope to have it published. If not, it will join my other books on Kindle.

How long did it take you to write your book?


Around 2-3 weeks for the first draft, then Barb edited it over the next two months and then I inserted most of her changes, which took about 20hours. Horrors!


What other books would you compare this to within your genre?

I suppose Harry Potter is the classic example, but a closer match would be The Magicians Guild. There are other books where someone from our society is displaced, with Lest Darkness Fall being the prime example.

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

It’s fun?

It’s a story about modern perceptions entering a skewed magical world. Emily’s great strength is that she can apply modern ideas, giving her concepts that the locals simply don’t have.

It’s a story of what happens when those concepts are introduced.

And it’s a coming of age story, for Emily and some of her friends.

2 Responses to “The Next Big Thing”


  1. The Next Big Thing Continues With Chris Nuttall « Barb Caffrey's Blog - December 13, 2012

    […] Folks, Chris Nuttall has kindly followed up with the Next Big Thing blog chain; his post is available here. […]

  2. And the Next Big Thing Chain Continues with Jason Cordova « Barb Caffrey's Blog - December 15, 2012

    […] yesterday Chris Nuttall responded to the “Next Big Thing” blog chain, which I referred to in yesterday’s really […]

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