The Next Big Thing – I’ve been tagged!

I’ve been tagged to participate in The Next Big Thing by T. L. Rese

T. L. Rese is a sci-fi/fantasy novelist, specializing in epic fantasy.

What is the working title of your next book?

DESPRITE MEASURES. People either love it or hate it, nothing in between. I grew up in a house rife with punning, and it just seemed right to me. I already have a title for the next in what will probably be a five book series: SPRITEFUL LIES.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I started reading Urban Fantasy about two years ago and fell in love with the genre. This idea germinated while I was up in my Scottish Highlands hideaway, a place rife with history, myth and magic. The setting begged for a story rooted in nature, and grew from there. By then I’d read tons of novels about vampires, werewolves, and witches, and I wanted a character type that hadn’t been already used by so many writers. My last novel THE PRINCE’S MAN has a sprite as a minor character, and I rather liked her capricious nature, so I chose to go with a sprite as my main character.

What genre does your book fall under?

Broadly speaking, Urban Fantasy. That being said, there’s not so much of the action placed in the city (Inverness) itself, so it could alternatively be classified as Contemporary Fantasy.

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

I think Claire Holt (Rebekah in The Vampire Diaries, and The Originals) would make a great Cassie. And for Gloria – Rutina Wesley who plays Tara in True Blood. Haven’t yet found my match for Euan – will keep thinking on that one.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

While water sprite, Cassie Lake, struggles to stay out of the clutches of a scientist intent on using her power for his experiments, she loses her heart to an impossible love, becomes embroiled in the politics of two covens of witches, and ends up as the only one who can prevent Scotland from being blasted off the map – provided she is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice.

is your book represented by an agency?

No. Been that route before. Had two agents, no sales. Happy doing it myself now.

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

About 18 months. I have a lot of other stuff going on, like working for myself, and equestrian (paid) writing, so this novel had to fit in around that. I plan to concentrate more now on my fiction writing – as it is starting to earn some money I can figure it in without feeling pressured.

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

Not sure I want to compare, but books it would sit happily alongside are: Kim Harrison’s Hollows series, Laurel K Hamilton’s Meredith Gentry series, and Richelle Meade’s Succubus series.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The wild beauty and fabulous wildlife of the Scottish Highlands. Nothing quite like it. Try sitting on the banks of Loch Ness, or walking through the Caledonian Forest, or drive out round the West Coast and NOT feel inspired!

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

Whilst being at heart a fun action fantasy story, this series also sets out to highlight environmental and ecological issues. For a character so rooted in Nature, they are integral to Cassie’s being and psyche, and central to the plot.

DESPRITE MEASURES – Launch date – December 13th.

What sort of things/places/people have inspired you?

I’ve tagged D. W. Jackson, author of the Epic Fantasy Reawakening Saga – Inexperienced Mage, Branded Mage and his latest, Warded Mage. Take a look at:

If you’d like to be tagged for The Next Big Thing, let me know. I will be tagging and adding other authors very soon.


  1. Hi Deb! Great idea, tagging, I would be interested but definitely not until next month. I’ve got lots on my plate right now and getting ready to publish in a couple weeks (yay). But I am into first draft of my next book. Is there a deadline?


    1. You were on my list to ask anyway! Congrats on getting to the final stages with your memoir – even more challenging to write than a novel, I’m sure. Soon you’ll punch ‘publish’ and you’ll start a whole new phase of your writerly existence.
      As far as I know there’s no deadline on this – I delayed by a couple of weeks while doing final revisions to my next, then got down to it in the gap while it’s being proofread.
      So let me know when you’re ready and I’ll add a tag onto this post 🙂


  2. I would like to be tagged but honestly I know little about how these sort of things work. an ebook author who is inept with the internet.


    1. Thanks for dropping by – and no worries, it’s really very simple. I tag you and add your name to the end of the post, then you take the same questions over to your blog and answer them!
      Then you tag any other authors you know who’d like to take part – easy 🙂
      So tag – you’re it!


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