The next big thing

My good friend, Carol Bond, came to me last week and asked if I’d like to participate in a Blog Hop entitled, The Next Big Thing.  For that I’d like to thank her and invite you to check out her very own blog at http://www.theunseenpromise.blogspot.com.au/

Her books, The Tarkeenia Sagas, are coming next year.  I’ll be one of many looking out for and looking forward to those.

The Blog Hop requires me to answer 10 questions about my own recent release, Bound By Blood, which is available in two volumes from Amazon.  All titles can be found there.

1. What is the name of your book?

The Dracula Chronicles: Bound By Blood – Volume 1 & 2

 2. Where did the idea for the book derive?

The concept for this book and series evolved over many years.  I had always wanted to write about Dracula, both as a man and as a vampire.  I created the premise of this book, Lucifer trying to ascend again to Heaven through the destruction of the institution on the Catholic Church, solely for that purpose.

 3. What genre does your book fall under?

For the purposes of publication I have labeled it Gothic horror. But this book crosses many boundaries and can also be described as an historical adventure, a romantic tragedy, and a paranormal fantasy with a good helping of erotica too.

4. What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movies rendition?

Isn’t this what we all dream about as writers?  When I build the lives of my characters I often envisage the face and mannerisms of great actors while I write.  I’d love to see Benecio Del Toro as my Dracula, Stellen Skarsgaard as Mihnea, Michael Wincott as Varkal, Alice Krige as Ilona and maybe Joely Richardson as Ruxandra.  Of course, I wouldn’t be averse to seeing Brad Pitt in there somewhere.

5. What is the one sentence synopsis for your book?

A new epic series that chronicles the life and times of the real historical Vlad Dracula amidst the ongoing battle between the Powers of Light and Darkness.

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

I have always wanted to go it alone and self-publish.  I spoke to publishers and agents in the past and this made me even more determined to go my own way.  My series is eight chronicles, which will eventually be over a dozen books.  I couldn’t risk accepting an offer on one that might affect the future of the others.  This project is my life work and I have to protect it as such.  Therefore, I am content to go it alone and maintain full control over the project.

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

I actually wrote the first seven or eight chapters of this back in 1992, along with about 20 chapters, which are now part of Chronicle 6, Reckoning Day.  I sat down to write this book proper in September 2006 and it took about 7 months in all.  It is a very big book though, and hence why it is now in 2 volumes.

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

I read a lot, but am not familiar with any other books I can draw a comparison with.  I’ll have to leave that to other people to decide.  All I can say is, this book began life 20 years ago and has been a serious project for the last 6.  In that time I wasn’t aware of any other books like it.

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

I would attribute it to my love of Dracula and of all things historical.  I actually wrote Reckoning Day and The Gates Of Babylon before Bound By Blood.  It was my dear friend, Dr Peter Cutler, in New York who suggested I give my reader the vampire first, so that is what I have done.

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

There is so much about this book to catch the eye and far too little space here for me to write about it.  Essentially it is a sprawling historical adventure, a journey through the ages that is packed with action, horror, erotica, romance and the paranormal.  There is a lot here for readers of all types of genre.  My hope is, in blending them all together in the chronicles, that there will be something on every page.

Unfortunately, with my busy schedule of late in launching and promoting my books, and in approaching others who were equally busy, I was unable to find anyone else to pass the baton to.  So, once again, my thanks to Carol Bond.  I hope, if nothing else, this gives a better insight into what my project is all about.

Shane KP O’Neill

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