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Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Next Big Thing!

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop interviews authors and shares their books and coming attractions.
It is like a game of tag. One author posts and tags other authors who link back to their website the next week and tag new authors. If you follow the blog hop long enough, you’re bound to find some books you’ll love! Maybe you’ll even discover a book that ends up being the next big thing.
I was tagged by  Sue Oaks -
Besides tagging people, The Next Big Thing Blog Hop includes ten questions to help you learn more about an author’s present work or work in progress. Here is my interview with a little info about my work in progress:

1. What is the working title of your new book?

Currently, I'm working on a new series. The first book is called The Time Walker.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

It's a funny story actually. I was chatting to a friend on g-chat and it was just after Pieces of Us had been released. My friend asked what I was going to write next and I said that I had no idea. I'd been thinking for weeks about a new plot but nothing was compelling enough for me to want to write it. Then, out of no where, images started coming into my head, as if I were watching a movie, and it was of a new book series. I knew the characters, what their names were, what they looked like, their histories  I knew the entire plot for three books. It all came into my head in an instant. It was as if one second the story didn't exist and then the next, it existed fully formed in my mind. I grabbed a notebook and started writing down everything I could think of. I made notes on the characters and the storyline as well as drawing some sketches of images that I saw. It was a very intense hour but it was such an amazing experience.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

It's a Young Adult Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy

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

This is a question that I can answer easily as I few weeks ago I did an Internet hunt and found pictures of what I think my characters look like. These pictures were selected for their PHYSICAL appearance only and not in any way based on the actor's previous roles or personalities. Here they are - 

Justin Hartley as Daniel Middleton 
(Holly's Love Interest #2)

Emma Watson as Emma (Name co-incidence - not at all planned)
Holly's Best Friend

Emily Rudd as Holly Collison
(Book is written from her Point Of View)

Jackson Rathbone as Liam Hardy
Holly's Love Interest #1

5. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

THE TIME WALKER is an action-packed, young adult paranormal romance that begs the question: can magic overcome the wrongs in life or is love the more powerful force? 

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

I have nothing against self-publishing. Some of my dear author friends are self published and are very successful. But, it's not right for me. It's a personal choice and I just prefer to create the story and let someone else handle the distribution. 

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

The first draft was interesting. I got the first five chapters written in about two months and then I got stuck. I don't know what happened but I was blocked. I couldn't get anything down at all. Then, a few months later, I heard about NaNoWriMo and it was just the push I needed. I got 70,000 words written that month and finished the draft the next month. So, from start to finish was about 8 months, but only 4 months of actual writing.

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

I'm not a fan of comparing titles because I think every author brings something different and I might read a book very differently to someone else, and yet it's the same story. For example, Team Edward and Team Jacob - everyone is reading the same book, Twilight, but people interpret them differently and fall for different characters. For this reason, I think it's impossible to compare. What I can say is that people who enjoy reading the YA Paranormal romance genre from authors like - Cassandra Clare, Richelle Mead, Stephenie Meyer, Lauren Kate, Becca Fitzpatrick, Suzanne Collins etc. will probably enjoy my books too.

9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

My mother. Growing up, there were always books in my house. Weekly trips to the library, bed time stories, poetry writing - all those are memories from growing up. I remember when my mother was reading me a chapter of The Secret Garden every night before I went to sleep. It was magical. In high school I wrote a short story for English class and the teacher loved it so much she wanted to enter it into a competition. I refused to let her as I was very shy and had little confidence in my ability but as I grew older, that changed. I started sending my work in to competitions and always got excellent feedback. I think some people are just natural story tellers.

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

It is set in the present, the future and the past. Holly is a Time Traveller so there are some really fun scenes of her trying to fit in to difficult situations. It was fun for me to create the future because I could just make it up and have all kinds of interesting technologies. Because none of it has been invented yet, my mind had free roam. The past scenes meant I had to do a lot of research into clothing, food, buildings, etiquette etc. but it was a lot of fun. And of course, there are two very smexy boys vying for Holly's attention. I have a group of trusted friend who have read the first two books in this series (to give me feedback) and they have already divided into Team Liam and Team Daniel. Sometimes when we all get together they have full on conversations about my boys. It's amazing!

Thanks for stopping by everyone. I've got a few ideas for upcoming blogs including a summary of my work on Camp NaNoWriMo this month as well as an idea I had to do some audio files for you all. So you'd listen to me blog instead of reading. Just something I'd like to play around with. Stay tuned.

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