I was tagged by Derrick Ferguson, author of the amazing Dillon series of pulp novels, for the Next Big Thing Blog Hop and I decided to join in. Thanks, Derrick!

 “The Rules” are: Answer these ten questions about your current Work In Progress on your blog. Tag five writers / bloggers and add links to their pages so we can hop along to them next.

So, here goes:

I will tag authors: Rasheedah PhillipsAlicia McCallaJoe BonadonnaWendy Raven McNair and Valjeanne Jeffers.

Now, on to the questions…

What is the working title of your book?

Redeemer. It is a Science Fantasy gangster saga.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

The idea came from my love of gangster films, such as The Godfather, Goodfellas and Hoodlum and my lifelong love for Science Fiction and Fantasy movies and literature. I figured I would combine all that I love into a thrilling story. It was fun to write and turned out to be a great yarn, too.

What genre does your book fall under?

Science Fiction and Hip Hop Fiction, I suppose. Some folks say it is the bridge between Science Fiction and Street Lit. While it is certainly well-written, well-edited science fantasy, it has a gritty edge to it that readers of street lit love. I guess the readers will decide what Redeemer is to them.

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

Michael Jai White would be the perfect person to play the hit man, Ezekiel; Clifton Powell would make a great Sweet Danny Sweet, the crime boss and record company CEO; for the role of Z (teen Ezekiel), I would choose Jaden Smith. I believe he has the acting and the martial arts chops (no pun intended) to pull it off; finally, for the role of crazed killer, Lala – I would choose Rosario Dawson. The cast of Redeemer would be huge, but those are some of the main characters. The funny thing is, I wrote Redeemer as a screenplay first, so I have already given a lot of thought to who would play the characters in a perfect world.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Science Fiction meets the Gangster Saga when a professional assassin finds himself trapped in the past and faced with saving himself from the path that led him to a lifetime of murder.

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

Redeemer will be published by Mocha Memoirs Press and is scheduled to release November, 2012.

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

It took me approximately three months, as I developed it from a screenplay I wrote a couple of years ago.

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

I would not compare it to anything else out there. I just worked hard to make it a great work of fiction that appeals to the diehard fan of science fiction and fantasy as well as the person whose reading has thus far been limited to street lit or not much at all.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I was inspired by black films, such as Hoodlum, A Rage in Harlem, Attack the Block (an incredible science fiction film from the UK), American Gangster and Ghost Dog, as well as the movie Blade Runner and a plethora of Science Fiction and Fantasy literature.

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

Although Redeemer is packed with action and elements of science fiction and fantasy it is also a powerful story about love and how far a person will go for what he or she loves. If you like martial arts, time travel, futuristic gadgets, dark humor, action, intrigue and a bit of romance, you’ll love Redeemer.

About Balogun

Balogun is the author of the bestselling Afrikan Martial Arts: Discovering the Warrior Within and screenwriter / producer / director of the films, A Single Link and Rite of Passage: Initiation. He is one of the leading authorities on Steamfunk – a philosophy or style of writing that combines the African and / or African American culture and approach to life with that of the steampunk philosophy and / or steampunk fiction – and writes about it, the craft of writing, Sword & Soul and Steampunk in general, at http://chroniclesofharriet.com/. He is author of three novels – the Steamfunk bestseller, MOSES: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman (Books 1 & 2); the Urban Science Fiction saga, Redeemer; and the Sword & Soul epic, Once Upon A Time In Afrika and contributing co-editor of two anthologies: Ki: Khanga: The Anthology and Steamfunk. At present, Balogun is directing and fight choreographing the Steamfunk feature film, Rite of Passage, which he wrote based on the short story, Rite of Passage, by author Milton Davis. He is one of the leading authorities on Steamfunk –a philosophy or style of writing that combines the African and / or African American culture and approach to life with that of the steampunk philosophy and / or steampunk fiction – and writes about it, the craft of writing, Sword & Soul and Steampunk in general, at http://chroniclesofharriet.com/. He is author of three novels – the Steamfunk bestseller, MOSES: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman (Books 1 & 2); the science fiction gangster saga, Redeemer; and the Sword & Soul epic, Once Upon A Time In Afrika. He is also co-creator of the soon-to-be-released role-playing game, Ki-Khanga™: The Sword & Soul RPG. Balogun is Master Instructor of the Afrikan Martial Arts Institute and Technical Director of Martial Ministries of America, a non-profit organization that serves at-risk youth. He is also a traditional African priest, actor and conflict resolution specialist, who works and lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, his seven daughters and his son.

3 responses »

  1. Balogun, this is cool. I’ll have to work on this for the weekend. I like it. :)

  2. […] was tagged by Balogun author of the riveting series The Chronicles of Harriet and Once Upon a Time in […]

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