Alex Roque

Writer By Night

The Next Big Thing Book Meme!

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Tori posted this a long time ago, and it seemed really fun! Go read her answers, because then you will want to read her book like I do. I’m a big bad slacker on getting this done. I apologize. /o\

I decided to answer these questions based on the series I am writing, focusing on the first book.

1. What is the working title of your next book?
Wings of the Fallen. I know there are some Young Adult titles that have similar names, so not sure if this will stick, but it’s what I would like to have.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
Since the movie City of Angels I have had a slight obsession with the concept of fallen angels, especially as someone raised as a devout Catholic. It developed on and on, becoming something I latched onto anytime I saw such a character, and slowly I started thinking about what would happen if an angel and demon happened to meet. . . and then I heard the cover of “Running Up That Hill” by Placebo, especially the part —

“And if I only could,
make a deal with God,
and get him to swap our places,
be running up that road,
be running up that hill,
be running up that building.”

At that moment while I was driving, the characters I now know and love just appeared and started telling me their story.

3. What genre does your book fall under?
Urban Fantasy with LGBT themes.

4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I am not sure about actors, can I have models? I have those chosen. >.>

Kalir, the demon, has taken on a vessel who looks closest to Andrej Pejic. The main difference between the two would be that Kalir is slightly more muscular, and his face a tad more masculine. Kalir prefers to possess humans who look like this because his true form is shorter. XD Demons have vanity, too!

Andrej Pejic Storm models new faces 21 Andrej Pejic

Excuse me while I stare

Ateos, the angel, is a Principality. In my version of the story, this class of angels look between the age of 16-18. I stumbled upon the inspiration for how Ateos looked when I was digging through Model Mayhem, and now their search functions are all boinked. But here is a picture I still have on my computer – he would just have to grow his hair out tons.

*___*

For Asmodai, the villain [but really, I feel bad for the guy], he closest resembles this fine gentleman. Minus the facial hair, and with very pale skin.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A forbidden romance forms when an angel and a demon in hiding cross paths on Earth.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I hope to find an agent this year to represent my book series!

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I wrote this during JaNoWriMo. It was my first jump back into story writing for a long time, and it was only 25k when I finished. That was almost three years ago now!  It’s been a long time, but  I feel like the story is now in a much, much better place, along with much longer. ;)

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I think that it does resonate with other LGBT books, and I have been inspired by several books as well. The Nightrunner series, by Lynn Flewelling, definitely struck a chord with me as far as the combination of action and romance.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My undying love for the angst of a fallen angel. I just love tragedy and angst, it’s really messed up.

10. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
This isn’t just a simple boy meets boy story. There are consequences for their actions, some past, some present, that cause potentially fatal occurrences for them both, and challenge their individual beliefs.

Thanks for reading! \o/

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