Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Next Big Thing

My good friend Suzan Harden—paranormal storyteller extraordinaire—challenged me to answer the following questions.

What is the working title of your next book? Firefall. It’s the first book in what I hope will be a three-book series.

Where did the idea come from for the book? My oldest son gave me the idea. He’s a filmmaker with loads of ideas—he gave this one to me! What a sweetheart.

What genre does your book fall under? Young adult, but instead of paranormal, it’s more a sci-fi. Guys will like it as much as girls…I hope!

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? I actually have images of who I envision, but most of the actors are too old now. Still, imagine fifteen or sixteen year old versions of Emma Watson and Ricky Shroeder as the hero and heroine. Secondary characters look like Selena Gomez, Tom Cruise and Amanda Sayfried—again, each of them being in their mid to late teens.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Oh dear…I haven’t boiled it down that far. I guess I would start with a question:  Just what is it that makes a person alive?

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I have a publishing house in mind, and will submit it there myself.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? The first draft took exactly one month, but it was very rough. I’m on the fourth draft right now with probably two more to go.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? It puts me in mind of the Michael Vey series, with a touch of Jules Verne.

Who or What inspired you to write this book? The success of a friend inspired me to try my hand at a young adult story, but my son helped me with the idea.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?  The idea that technology can give a disabled person a chance at a real life.

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