15th Nov 2012

The next big thing!

I’ve been tagged by Tommie Kelly in a kind of self-promotion chain letter for comic creators. The idea is, we all answer the same list of questions, and then tag three more creators to do the same. And if you break the chain, no doubt something mildly annoying happens to you, like an onion falling on your head or something. The questions, and my answers, are as follows:

What is the working title of your book?
It has an actual title, The Cattle Raid of Cooley.

What genre does your book fall under?
I suppose historical fantasy would sum it best.

Give a brief synopsis of your book:
Ireland, the Iron Age. The kingdom of Connacht launches a winter invasion of the kingdom of Ulster to steal Ulster’s prize stud bull. The only Ulsterman available to defend his kingdom is Cú Chulainn, a talented but untested teenage rookie border guard, who holds them up by challenging them to a series of single combats. He’s the only one available partly because it’s winter and the Ulster army has been stood down, and partly because a couple of deities want to put him to the test. He will come out of his ordeal changed.

Where did the idea for the book come from?
It’s a very old story from Irish mythology that’s very rich in characters and ideas, is a bit of a mess so is very open to interpretation, and is not just from Ireland but from the north, so adapting it appealed to me greatly. It took at least eight years from deciding I wanted to do it to getting to the point where I felt I understood it well enough and was confident enough in my ability to do it justice.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Fergus, Cú Chulainn’s foster-father who’s now fighting for Connacht, is partly based on Sean Connery, but Sean might be a bit too old to play him now. He’s the only one I had an actor in mind for. He’s an old-fashioned macho man starting to go to seed. For Cú Chulainn you’d need to cast a talented, athletic teenage actor who can do tough, arrogant and also vulnerable, and allow a couple of years for filming, because although the story takes place over a single winter he grows up visibly over the course of it. For Medb, the queen of Connacht, you’d need someone very earthily sexy, hands-on and old enough to have teenage children. Láeg, Cú Chulainn’s charioteer, should be played by someone with a talent for deadpan humour. They would ideally all be from the parts of Ireland their characters are from – Medb and Ailill from the west, Cú Chulainn, Láeg and Fergus from the north, so they can do the right accents. Can’t think of any actual names though.

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN: Andy LukeRol Hirst, Leeann Hamilton

One Response to “The next big thing!”

  1. Rol Says:

    Thank you, Patrick – I took your challenge!

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