I don’t take part in chain mail (and nor should you), but with this Next Big Thing doing the rounds on the blogosphere, I have decided to break my own rules. I hold Tiah Marie Beautement entirely responsible for my deviation from the norm and resurrection of my blog. Witty and talented, she’s the author of the novel Moons Don’t Go to Venus. Shorter works have appeared in various publications, including two anthologies: The Edge of Things and Wisdom Has a Voice. Read Tiah’s Next
Small Thing here. She calls it a small thing. Personally I think her small thing is a rather big thing indeed and I’d love to read it one day. Fingers crossed!
Now, onto mine…
What is the working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Probably from watching way too much science fiction.
What genre does your book fall under?
Science fiction, maybe cyberpunk or slipstream? I’ll let you know when it’s finished.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Antonia Laura Thomas (from Misfits) would be a great fit for my protagonist, minus the British accent. Actually this question has inspired me to write in a part for a bare-chested Vin Diesel. That solves my chapter 9 dilemma…
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When bounty hunter, Zah, uploads into Perfect Worlds to investigate a series of violent hate crimes, she finds herself trapped in a virtual underworld where the boundary between real and unreal has blurred and she must fight to stay alive.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
My dog has promised to publish it.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I’m a slow baker. This story started as a short story and I’m currently turning it into a novel. Estimated baking time?
She shrugs and moves on to the next question.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
A young woman visited me early one morning to tell me her story. She pulled up her sleeve to reveal a tattoo covering her arm in purple tendrils. It looked like it was moving under her skin. She told me she didn’t have much time. She told me that South Africa in the future was dark and dirty. She told me about this virtual world that people had invented in the future – a way to escape their lives, the overcrowding and the filth. You could upload as anyone, you could change everything, from the colour of your skin to the house you lived in. A Perfect World. She swore a lot. But the concept had backfired because everyone had their own version of perfect. And people had started to disappear from the real world. Murdered in vicious hate crimes, appearing later in Perfect Worlds as slave apps. She told me that she was hunting the guy behind it all. She said she’d found him. She was going in to catch him.That was the last time I heard from her.
Later when I woke up and put on my pyjamas, I decided to head into Perfect Worlds to find her.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I might decorate it with marshmallow icing and chocolate sprinkles… just saying.
I now pass on the baton to the thrilling Joanne Hichens. Based in Cape Town, she is currently the curator of the hot new SHORT SHARP STORIES AWARD, an annual award for South African short fiction, teaches creative writing in the Master’s degree programme at Rhodes University, and blogs on Voices @ news24. Her crime novel Divine Justice, published by Mercury, is acclaimed as a SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN KILLER THRILLER as well as a LITNET TOP TEN READ. The sequel, Sweet Paradise, will be published 2013. Read Joanne’s Next Big Thing here.