Tagged!

Writer Fran Jacobs tagged me to fill out this meme on my current Work in Progress.

1) What is the working title of your next book/short story/project?

Dancing Phaedra

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

The protagonist, Antyllus was a secondary character in Gaius and Achilles. Initially intended to be quite an unsympathetic character whose role was to be the nightmare ex boyfriend of one of the protagonists, he ended up as something rather more than that and I felt he deserved a book of his own.

3) What genre does your book fall under?

Historical fiction

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

Hmm, I don’t know who would be exquisite enough to play Antyllus – they would have to be a talented dancer as well, unless they used a body double. I could almost imagine a younger Alan Rickman playing Tiberius, Antyllus’ manager. Gabinius, Antyllus’ master… probably lots of possibilities…think of a large man, verging on the obese in his late fifties with a rather pompous manner.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A former brothel slave uses his talent as a dancer to struggle towards autonomy.

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

Self-published.

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

I have been writing the first draft throughout this year and am still completing it. I hope to have the book ready not long after the New Year.

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

Mary Renault’s The Persian Boy and The Mask of Apollo share similar themes and settings. Eromenos by Melanie McDonald also addresses thorny issues of sex and power in ancient Rome in her recreation of the relationship between Hadrian and Antinous.

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

The main character himself Antyllus, I think,  with the force of personality he developed in the earlier work – also early readers who told me how much they liked him!

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

If you like historical fiction set in ancient Rome,if you are interested in ancient theatre, if you like gay-themed fiction that isn’t just romance, if you like angst and a character who struggles against the odds to assert his humanity – you may enjoy this book.

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3 thoughts on “Tagged!

  1. Lovely meme! I can’t wait to read the whole story of Antyllus’s struggle for freedom and self-definition. Count me as one of the readers who loved him, despite his, um, difficult personality in Gaius and Achilles. He’s so damn magnetic–he deserves his own novel!

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