My Next Big Thing

A good friend, Kiersi, suggested this blog hop. I’ll participate because I haven’t been blogging much lately. Finally, some inspiration!

1. What is the working title of your book?

Currently, my next novel is Barcode: New War Order.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

My wife and I had this discussion yesterday. I think New War Order came from me seeing an old school wrestling match with New World Order, and I thought, “Let’s make a novel about that.” NOT WRESTLING. I mean the concept of a new world.

This novel is a continuation of the Barcode Series. However, it’s the first time you get a feel for the evil dictator, Helios. I wanted to show his world in a peaceful manner, but I didn’t want to neglect the silent war that’s happening in the story.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

Sexy Science Fiction and F***in’ Fantastic Fantasy.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I actually did a visual post on this that you can see here – Barcode: Legend of Apollo. However, there are a few new characters including Jamie, Richard, and Payton. I haven’t thought about who would play them because they’re not the stereotypical roles. For example, Jamie is Polynesian. Richard is a slightly muscular but heavyset blond haired, blue eyed guy. It’s difficult finding anyone that remotely fits them.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your manuscript?

Our villainous hero, Kode, travels to Helios’ hometown in hopes to find the device that will give him the upper hand in the war.

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

Hah! Like any agency would represent me.

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

It took two months to write and nearly four months to edit.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within the genre?

None that I know of. My stories have a huge manga influence. That’s difficult to find in novels, though I’ve seen two or three.

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

The initial inspiration came from a very boring weekend. I’d always had this concept in my head (5 years). Then, my mother in law came to visit. I needed something to do while they were in my working area. I started reading Harry Potter and decided to write my first fantasy novel.

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

For those that have read the first two novels, you may have grown accustom to Kode being powerful and witty. He’s always manipulating people and overpowering them. For this novel, you finally get to see the type of man he becomes when he’s weak.

I’ve avoided writing a stereotypical Hero’s Journey novel until this point. However, I give Kode all the proper situations necessary to become a hero. Of course I had to add a twist! No one looks at him as a hero. They see him as a villain. The question is, how does that motivate him?


3 thoughts on “My Next Big Thing

  1. I love how you picked actors (Gerard Butler and Channing Tatum) who actually look related to play related characters! This sounds really cool, Kashif. I want to pick up the first Barcode book when your next version comes out!

  2. Hi Kashif,
    I found you through Kiersi’s bloghop. Your work sounds very exciting. I love the idea of your character revealing a new layer of identity for readers that already think they know him well. Good luck with this project!

  3. @Kiersi – I’m glad you like. I had someone else besides Gerard until I noticed the similarity in their manly, muscular faces. (The final version of the story is up. I made Spencer’s death quite OBVIOUS in the beginning by starting the novel with a chapter called DEATH and ending with another called LIFE.

    @Michele – Woot! It was a very fun write. Even as I edit it now, I find myself enjoying his development/retrogression.

    Thank you both for the comments!

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