The Next Big Thing! [blog hop]

Well, the lovely Melissa Kinnel over at A 5-Minute Piece of My Mind has picked me to join in a blog hop The Next Big Thing! Where you talk about about you WIP as if its, well, The Next Big Thing!
Here goes!
What is the working title of your book?
Well, the story will be split into multiple books, but main title is Amachi, named after the Main Character, and each book will have its own subtitle.
 
Where did the idea come from for the book?
A conversation I had with my wife about six or seven years ago. It’s been so long I can’t remember all the details.
 
What genre does your book fall under?
I like to say Dark Fantasy.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I don’t have all the characters figured out, actor wise, but the main Character would be actress Nona Gaye, who played Zee in the Matrix films.

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What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A young female warrior takes on an empire to free her enslaved race, but soon finds herself fighting against the very people she’s trying to save.
If you plan to publish, will you self-publish traditionally?
Being the rebel that I am, I will most likely Self-Publish. You know, rage against the machine, and all that.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Ha, I’m still on the first draft of the first book. Amachi is an epic fantasy that will be split into multiple books, so I’ve shelved it a couple times as to not fry my brain and get bored with the project. In the meantime, I’ve written some short stories and got into screenwriting where I’ve finished a couple scripts.
 
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
If anything, I’d say probably Lord of the Rings or The Wheel of Time series, just cause the size of the story and the amount of characters.
 
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Hmm, that’s a good one. Well, I’ve always been a fan of female warriors, and Amachi is definitely that, plus she’s a person of color and you don’t see much of that combination as a lead in most fantasy books. I suppose I wanted to write something I rarely ever see. You know, write the books you’d like to read?
 
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
There are many aspects to Amachi’s story. Outside of the action, magic, mythical creatures, powers dealing with the mind, body, soul, and spirit, and martial arts, the story addresses themes like slavery, politics, family relationships, society, culture, and you have a woman who’s always had to be a hard, fearless, warrior having to discover, embrace, and master her femininity all the while struggling to rebuild her people.
Yeah, my brain fries.
Here are the three writers I’ve tagged for the Blog Hop.
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4 comments

  1. Jamal, I like that your story revolves around a female warrior. Yay for female power! LOL! You have some really great aspects to the manuscript and I’ll be glad when you finish it so I can read! 🙂

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