The Next Big Thing Blog Hop- Week 14

I was tagged by Melissa Pearl for the Next Big Thing Blog Hop. It is so cool that this has been going on for 14 weeks! I am impressed at everyone who kept it going, and I intend to do the same.

The Next Big Thing is simply an opportunity for authors to tell you about their WIPs (works in progress). Usually you don’t get to hear about what an author is working on until it’s done, so I am excited by all the authors I see tagged and tagging. Here we go…. The Next Big Thing!

What is the working title of your book? I usually name the book last, so I call it by the name of the protagonist. However, right now the short working title for this book is FRAMED.

Where did the idea come from for the book? The original idea came from an attic door. Sounds pretty great, huh? The door got me thinking about the “killer in the attic” cliché and I started wondering, “What if it wasn’t a killer, but your best friend who moved away and he was in big trouble?” From there the story snowballed into a revenge plot and a thriller.

What genre does your book fall under? YA thriller

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? I had a picture in my mind of what these characters would look like. These aren’t famous actors, but this is my vision. (Thank you, E & J!!)

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?  When a bomb goes off in his locker, Rebecca Hale’s best friend Ryan is suspected of terrorism. She vows to clear him before the FBI and the AFT figure out where she’s hiding him, but when Rebecca realizes the bombing is tied to a crime she witnessed eight years ago, uncovering the truth may mean losing her best friend and her heart along with him.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I will most likely query this to agents, but if it doesn’t get picked up, I will gladly self-publish it.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? I wrote the first draft in about six months several years ago. I am reworking the plot again, so I am pushing forward to get a complete draft that I am happy with. I am also workshopping it with my MFA program, which has been a great challenge.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Without a paranormal element, I am not sure I have seen many mainstream thrillers in YA recently. Harlan Coben recently published a YA novel. It would probably fall into the same genre.

Who or What inspired you to write this book? After the original concept, a lot of the story was inspired by the Wyoming town in which it begins. We lived in Green River, Wyoming when I wrote the first draft.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Much as this is a run-for-your-life kind of story, it is also about best friends, a girl and a guy, who fall in love and how scary it can be to risk a friendship for something more. The real question is: How far are you willing to go to save a friend?

My goal is to have FRAMED ready for publication by the end of the year.

Now it is my turn to tag some authors. Look for their posts next week. I have five fun and diverse writers for you:

Sarah Billington: Sarah was the inspiration behind A Taste Test, a free sampler, which featured chapters of several YA novels released this year. (This was also how I “met” Melissa Pearl. I put that in quotes because we have never actually met. Sarah is an awesome Aussie, Melissa is a kiwi, and I am in the US.) Sarah’s novel The Kiss Off charged up the Amazon ratings like the rock star characters she wrote about.

Alicia K. Leppert: Alicia’s debut novel Emerald City released in April 2012 to excellent reviews. She published with Cedar Fort, and I hear she is working on a sequel. I am excited to hear all about it. Alicia and I share a birthday, so I think that makes us soul sisters.

Adrianne Russell: Adrianne has a literary addiction that causes her to read and write about many things. She adores green veggies, Samuel L. Jackson movie quotes, The Roommate and her evil cat overlords Dice and Domino.

Nicki Anderson: Nicki reads whatever she can get her hands on, but she particularly loves YA and paranormal fiction. She watches way too much TV (like Fringe), and when she’s not writing she’s usually jogging, biking, or gardening. Her story Hear No Evil is available on Smashwords.

Ednah Walters: Ednah enjoys good love stories, tingly mysteries and wondrous adventures. When she finished college and decided to be a stay-at-home mother, she devoured books like they were going out of production, until reading just wasn’t enough. So she started to write. She has written picture books, contemporary and romantic suspense, biracial/multicultural books, and finally YA fantasy. Awakened (fall 2010) is the first book in The Guardian Legacy series. Book 2,  Betrayed, will be out in the fall 2011. She is now publishing adult romance in e-format, starting with Slow Burn (May 2011).

The Dream Cast

As part of the Painted Blind blog tour, I was asked to put together a dream cast for the novel. I worked on it for a few days, and finally sent my photo compilation to my teenage nieces to make sure I wasn’t being too uncool, if you know what I mean.

However, with all the publicity blogs are getting over unauthorized use of photos and bloggers getting sued over photos, I was concerned about the post. I wouldn’t post it here because I don’t have authorization to post the photos, and I was equally concerned about a book blogger taking on that liability. In the end, we didn’t use the post. However, I did want the fans of Painted Blind to see it. So, today I am going to link you up with all the photos I found that I thought looked like the characters in Painted Blind.

Ron Middleton, Psyche’s father:  I always imagined Ron Middleton being ruggedly gorgeous, the heartthrob now in his forties raising a daughter who inherited his good looks.

Psyche Middleton:  The first time the discussion of “who should play this character” came up months ago, my husband said Blake Lively. I didn’t know who she was, but he was spot on. When I saw a photo of her, I agreed that she captures the look I always imagined for Psyche.

Savannah Schofield, Psyche’s best friend:  Brittany Snow captures Savannah’s personality and her looks. She could easily run a small-town high school with that smile.

Aeas, Erik’s loyal friend: This was a tough one for me. So many pictures of Alex Pettyfer show him with darker hair and a five o’clock shadow. This photo of Alex captures the look of Aeas perfectly.

Erik’s controlling mother: This character requires timeless beauty with stern edge. Someone who can look angelic one moment and devious the next. Gwenyth Paltrow would be a good actress for this role.

Theron: He’s dreamy on the outside and ruthless on the inside. He can be a romantic lover, then turn into a ruthless killer. He has that sun-kissed look of perfection, easily able to draw women to him. Paul Walker could totally pull that off.

Titus: Titus is one of my favorite characters in the novel, so it was hard to choose a face for him. Titus is fun-loving, trust-worthy and strong. Jesse Metcalfe is a good match for Titus because I can imagine him climbing the cliffs at the Fortress and belting out an opera while standing on a glacier.

Thomas: While I was looking for photos of Titus, I found Thomas. This photo of Sean Faris was such a good match for the character, it gave me shivers.

And, last but not least….

Erik: Is it just me, or does Jensen Ackles always have a mischievous glint in his eyes? I can imagine him dusting an entire wedding party just for the fun of it. I can imagine him being overbearing and harsh when he feels betrayed. At the same time I can imagine him being overprotective and vengeful when someone hurts the girl he loves. I think he would be great in the role of Erik.

What do you think? Is this how you pictured the characters? I would love to hear your feedback.


Last Chance- Blog Tour Day 6

Today wraps up the Painted Blind blog tour. It has been such a wonderful experience working with these book bloggers and A Tale of Many Reviews Blog Tours. Please make a stop by each of these blogs and leave a comment.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

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