Wednesday, 17 October 2012

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

‘Blog hop’, you say? What the devil is that?
A big hand of gratitude to Jeff Whelan for introducing me to the ‘blog hop’. Jeff is the author of the zany SF-odyssey Space Orville, a recommended read, and a huge supporter of indie authors.

The blog hop is a way for authors to talk about their WIP and their latest opus and get the word out.  In the process, blog readers can be introduced to other aspiring authors.

Cover art by Steve Bissonnette

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

An exiled treasure-hunter and his misfit band struggle for survival against unscrupulous villains and ‘weird’ and dangerous creatures.

What genre does your book fall under?

Heroic fantasy and perhaps loosely, sword-and-sorcery.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

More the need for some self-entertainment.

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

I will expound freely.

Grinneth features several rogues, Risgan the Relic Retriever (Robert Downey Jr), in particular, and other infamous villains:

Xoltux the Shaman: Steve Buscemi
Captain Karshan: Ray Liotta
Ivith the Pirate: Joe Pantoliano
Jester the Pirate: Bruce Willis
Gorgere the ‘Mermaid’, although the appellative is debatable: Milla Jovovich
Grinneth, the ‘Unknowable’: Judi Dench

I’m glad to say that Grinneth is not only FREE, but is also part of The Relic Retriever series which features an eccentric pantheon of characters—unfortunately many of whom have gone the wayside by the time Grinneth arrives.  Alas, the full cast is:

Risgan the Rogue: Robert Downey Jr
Afrid the Sorceress: Peter Dinklage, the ‘Imp’ from Game of Thrones, also Dustin Hoffman and Robin Williams were close runners-up for this prestigious role, with a bit of CGI.
Moeze the Magician: Colin Morgan from the TV series ‘Merlin’.
Jurna the Journeyman: John Cusack
Kahel the Archer: Andy Garcia
Hape the Homeless: Edward Norton
Farella the Pontific’s Consort: Michelle Pfeiffer
The Pontific:  Anthony Hopkins
Ravenna the Thieving Acolyte: Angelina Jolie
Melfrum, the Alchemist, Jouster and Knave: James Gandolfini (aka Tony from the ‘Sopranos’)

The Thornkeep and Lim-Lalyn episodes feature Kahel, Jurna, Risgan, Moeze and the fretful Hape.  The whole series is chronicled in The Relic Retriever.

I tag 7 fellow indie writers now who may expound upon their brilliant creations.  They will be posting their Next Big Thing blog posts in a week’s time.  Over to you, guys!
Ross McKitson, author of the Darkness Rising series


  1. Dang! This sounds great, Chris! And what a cast! Wish I had parts for Steve Buscemi and Judi Dench let alone Bruce Willis & Ray Liotta. I am really gonna have to get into your series now. Love how you write for "self entertainment". Always an excellent motivation. Keep 'em flyin', man!

  2. Hey Jeff, thanks for the enthusiasm. I think you'll like the spirit of it. The text is meant to be funny, (really)...with Ray Liotta and the crew, lol...