The Next Big Thing.

Okay, I was tagged last week in The Next Big Thing. Thus, here are my own tags passing on the flaming baton, four absolutely fabulous authors who I very much recommend, and their subsequent TNBG posts…… Enjoy!!

Ian Graham – http://andyremic.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/ian-graham-the-next-big-thing/

Stan Nicholls – http://andyremic.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/stan-nicholls-the-next-big-thing/

Richard Ford – http://richard4ord.wordpress.com/2012/11/26/the-next-big-thing/

Ian Watson – http://www.ianwatson.info/the-next-big-thing/

Ian Graham – The Next Big Thing

Ian Graham is a fantasy novelist living in the North of England. His debut novel, Monument, was published in 2002 by Orbit Books. Monument is published in the USA by Ace and in France by Bragelonne. He is currently working on a prequel to Monument.

“Ian is big and hairy. But more importantly, he’s a cracking, awesome, brilliant fantasy writer. Check out Monument! I dare you.” –Andy Remic.

 

IAN GRAHAM

1. What is the working title of your next book?

Dead Fire.

2. Where did the idea for the book come from?

Dead Fire is a prequel to Monument, my previous novel. In Monument, Anhaga Ballas, the protagonist, is in middle age, friendless, living rough and a touch over-fond of the bottle. The key to writing Dead Fire was imagining what Ballas would be like in his early twenties, long before the bitterness, booze and isolation had set in.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

Dark medieval fantasy.

4. What actors would choose to the play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Oliver Reed would have made the ideal Ballas. He had the right air of brooding, bullish insolence and dog-eared dignity. Of course, being dead, Ollie won’t be available to play the role – unless some pretty staggering medical breakthroughs are made sometime soon. Fingers crossed, eh?

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Anhaga Ballas goes to Hell.

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

I am contracted to produce another couple of books for those fine folk at Orbit, may God have mercy on their souls.

7. How long did it take to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Grief, there’s a question. I’ve been slogging away at the thing for yonks, and because the initial versions are extraordinarily haphazard, it is impossible to pinpoint a moment where I can safely say, Yes, this counts as a draft. And I’ve have never written the endings of these pseudo-drafts, either: I find it more helpful to wait until I arrive at the conclusion in the final draft before deciding exactly what ought to happen. It’s a great way of filling one’s life with unimaginable terror and stress.

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

David Gemmell was a big influence, of course, though I confess that I am pretty out of touch with what’s going on in the genre at the moment. As I spend so much time writing fantasy, it tends to be the last thing I want to read when I switch off the word processor. But I do read my chum Andy Remic’s material, often in draft form; he and I have an informal critiquing group, which we wittily call “The Stinklings”, after CS Lewis and Tolkien’s critical gatherings. From reputation alone, I’d say that my stuff might also be put in the same category as Joe Abercrombie’s work, and that of Richard Morgan.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

A strong curiosity about Anhaga Ballas’s early life was the main driving force, as well as an interest in the varieties of interpretation which can be placed upon mystical and religious experiences.

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

A tricky one, this. I like the story because at heart, it is – hopefully – a fast-moving adventure tale, not entirely lacking in intelligence and moral complexity. A lost civilization, an oppressive – though not always immoral – theocracy, fights, cart-chases, snake-venom, gigantic hunting dogs, the afterlife and a chap getting roasted to death in a kiln . . . This is a book to treasure through the ages. Or borrow from the library, once.

Alas, it seems that every other writer I know or have heard of has already been tagged in The Next Big Thing. So I shan’t nominate anyone. I fear that I may be the terminus of a meme.

Kell’s Legend & Soul Stealers Latest News

SOUL STEALERS, Book 2 in the Clockwork Vampire Chronicles, is currently gearing up for release at the beginning of May 2010 – and I’ve just had news of a great new review of KELL’S LEGEND, to coinicide neatly with this event, over at the UNBOUND blogzine:

“The vachine are an absolutely incredible concept, fascinating and slightly appalling and something I would never have expected. I loved the way they worked and found their society fascinating although clearly unpleasant.”

To read the full review, check out: http://hagelrat.blogspot.com/2010/03/kells-legend-andy-remic.html

KELL’S LEGEND has also been nominated for the fabulous David Gemmell Legend Award, and my novel was always intended as a homage to the great man Mr Gemmell himself (if you’ve never read Dave Gemmell, you should start with LEGEND and THE LION OF MACEDON, my two personal favourites and VERY highly recommended).

Anyway, if you’re feeling well disposed towards KELL’S LEGEND, you could always *cough* vote for the book at: http://gemmellaward.ning.com/page/legend-1

There’s also an interview on the DGLA site, along with a couple of reviews of KELL.

The SOUL STEALERS short film promo for the book will be released real soon, starring none other than the very hairy fantasy author, IAN GRAHAM.

I won’t be attending EASTERCON this year, mainly because my little boy has just had his tonsils out and I want to spend some quality time with the family over Easter. Every year I curse Eastercon because I miss my kids opening their Easter eggs– why don’t they organise it for the week before/after?? Anyway, for those desperate to meet me (all 1 of you, haha) I’ll be at WORLD HORROR CON in Brighton. Although all the tickets have sold out for the con itself, I will be available in the bar where, in the guise of GRUNGE FILMS, will be filming and interviewing many notables in the horror industry.

Check out www.grungefilms.com for info on my amateur filmmaking efforts.

Finally, I’ll be doing a few book signings in the US this May to coincide with the official release of KELL’S LEGEND over there, probably around MIAMI, TAMPA and ORLANDO, although dates/venues tbc.

Cheers droogs!

Andy Rem.

Fantasy Con 2009 Photos.

Yes, it was a great con (despite missing my own reading thanks to Lee Harris and his rubber mask fetish/ had to be rearranged for Sunday- video to follow), and met many great people including Ian Watson, Gail Z. Martin, Ian Graham, Stephane Marsan, Simon R. Green, Mark Newton (with his ASDA jumper, bless), Sharon Reamer and the usual Angry Robot and Solaris crews. Below are some photos, and I have some video footage which I’ll YouTube in the next week, which shows a panel discussing Heroic Fantasy post-Gemmell, and liccle old me doing a reading from Kell’s Legend. Oh, and I found out I was currently HarperCollins No2 best-selling fantasy author this month, outselling even the great Raymond Feist!! Wowsers. Anyway, bring on Eastercon!!

FCon Guys