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A little warning to start off with: English is not my native language.

Please kindly excuse any grammatical crimes I may have committed in the following text (or in this one :-) ).


I'm taking part in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop (TNBTBH). If you’re now asking yourself „What’s that? “, this is the deal: It’s an international campaign where authors around the world present their current book projects. All participants answer the same questions, introduce the person who tagged them and tag other authors.

I was chosen by Klaus Kurt Löffler, author of the crime series for children and teenager „Max und Micha”. The crime adventures of his two protagonists Max and Micha (short for Michael) are suspensefully and nearly free of violence. The recommended age is eight years up. You can learn more about the adventures of “Max and Micha” here:
 http://www.maxundmicha.eu/

The adventures of “Max und Micha” are only available in German at this time.

Klaus Kurt Löffler was tagged by Marita Sydow Hamann. She was tagged by Lola Victoria Abco.


Now about my interview:

 

What is the working title of your book?

The younger twin – the adventures of Emmi Löwenthal

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Some time ago I was watching a report in TV about the excavations of Göbekli Tepe (English: Potbelly Hill).  It’s a prehistoric site. It’s located near the city of Şanlıurfa in south Anatolia, also known by its ancient name “Edessa” or “Odessa”.

Before then I didn’t imagine the Stone Age people as builders. I thought more in the category of “caves”. Now I learned that, according to the radiocarbon dating, the oldest layer of the site dated from the period between 9.600 and 8.800 BCE.

Let’s face it: The Stone Age people slept in caves (if they found one). That much is most likely true. But they did build something on a 750 metres high mountain range. A Temple? Possible. We will never know for sure.

The thought mesmerized me. I spun it out.

What if they build even more? What if the prehistoric time was passé much earlier then we thought? After all – what we consider Stone Age is long.

That’s where the idea of an advanced civilization in the Stone Age era was born.

For my story I had to preserve that culture. The book wasn’t to take place in the past. I came up with the idea of the “Splitting”: A catastrophe that threw the world back to Stone Age and hurled the civilization that existed until then out of time.

The way it is with stories, the rest simply grew.

What genre does your book fall under?

Fantasy.

What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?

In that I am next to Patrick Rothfuss (fantastic fantasy-author by the way):

„If I could sum it up in 50 words, I wouldn't have needed to write a whole novel about it.”

Ok, I give it a try:

It is a fantasy-novel for grown ups from the perspective of children. They are abducted to a world where time is not passing - and in which mother and uncle of the lead character are fighting for power. (I know, I know, these are two sentences.)

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

To be perfectly honest: I haven’t thought about it yet. Ok, there is one character that could be played by Rock Hudson - but Rock Hudson is dead. So, that’s that.

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

It’s not certain yet. I would prefer an agency to find me a publisher. But the odds are long for a new author with that wish. Should I find that door closed (which is likely), I’ll publish the book on my own.

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

I am still working on it. Currently I have managed to write approximately 60 percent which is equivalent to about 360 of standard pages. In the end the draft will be 500 to 600 standard pages. I plan to finish until the end of the year. So far I worked about one and a half year on it. I’am not the type of author, who writes it all down first in one go. I’m editing while I’m working.

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

Hopefully there are no others :-)

What else about your book might interest the reader?

Grown up Fantasy-Fans do love stories about children and adolescents. Me too. Because they allow us to have childhood dreams while reading them.

Normally we have to resort to books for the young to experience that adventure.

But there is a problem. Books for the young aren’t books for the young only because their subjects are children. They are for children because of their language and content. For the adult reader this is a loss. Often it is a painful one.

Therefore this book is for grown ups.

Do you want to nominate other authors for this Interview?

Yes. The first one is Andreas Knierim.

For his Interview please go to:

http://documenta.andreas-knierim.de/the-next-big-thing-blog-hop/