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).