Wednesday, 14 November 2012

The 'Next Big Thing' Blog Hop

I was tagged to be a part of this meme by Thomas Taylor, whose own version appeared last Wednesday. (It’s a Wednesday thing.) It’s an opportunity to talk about a work in progress so I'm going to tell you a bit about my debut novel Red Rock which is going to be published in 2013.

What is the title of your next book?

Red Rock

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Many years ago one of the Mars Orbiters sent back an image of a mysterious white rock on the Martian surface. I started to wonder - what could it be....?

What genre does your book fall under?

Science Fiction Thriller for the 10+ age group.

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

Someone nobody has heard of but is going to be huge!

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

The world is changing. The ice is melting. But as the icecaps retreat secrets are revealed, ancient ruins that have remained hidden for a hundred thousand years. A civilisation that wasn’t human…

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

I am represented by Julia Churchill of Greenhouse Literary and Red Rock will be published in 2013 by Curious Fox.

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

About 9 months, but I'd been thinking about it for a lot longer.

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

Tricky, perhaps a Joshua files for girls

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My father is the person who inspired me to write.

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

The melting ice caps, rising sea levels and changing weather is already happening...

And in turn I tag:

Sara Crowe

Rebecca Alexander

Emma Shortt

Carol Hunt

Dean Crawford


  1. An exciting context and so relevant to children everywhere as they grow through their teenage years and witness Arctic/Antarctic events.
    Looking forward to it, Kate.

  2. Okay, I'm definitely buying this book. It sounds fantastic. Congratulations again, Kate.


    1. Ah, I see it made you post as anaonymous - how odd! And thanks for tagging me!

  3. I am raising your target audience, Kate, so can't wait for it to be released. Meanwhile, I was also tagged!

    1. Less than a year! Quite fast for the publishing world!

  4. It sounds like an intriguing concept - a sci fi twist on a very topical issue. Look forward to it.

  5. Thanks Alex and I'm looking forward to your CF book too!

  6. Thanks for the tag Kate! Like your concept for the novel, sounds very intriguing, good luck with your launch!

    1. And I love the sound of yours - can't wait to get hold of a copy when it hits the shelves!

  7. Thanks for giving us that insight - the book does sound great.

  8. Oh, I love the premise of your book. Can't wait to see it when it comes out.


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