Thank you Brenda Maxfield for tagging me in the Next Big Thing. This blog hop ask authors a series of questions about their current manuscript. Pleases don’t forget to visit Brenda at http://brendamaxfield.wordpress.com/. She has a great site!
What is the working title of your next book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
A dream my husband had about me turning into a female version of The Hulk. Every time he got near me, his pheromones would start the transformation process. I couldn’t write about a female Hulk, unless I wanted Marvel to come after me, so I came up with the idea of the character turning into the four elements of the earth. For earth, I envisioned her being green.
What genre does your book fall under?
It’s an upper Young Adult or what some publishers are calling New Adult, Urban Fantasy with heavy romantic elements.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
That’s easy because I had already selected a few actors who I think could be the characters in my book. Knowing what they looked like helped me while I was writing. For Natalie, I envisioned Jessica Lowndes, from 90210. Her dark hair and striking blue eyes are a perfect match. I think Liam Hemsworth, from the Hunger Games would make an awesome Ryan with brown eyes. And for character, Tony Rossi, Spencer Boldman of the Disney Channel. For my antagonist, Russ Hayle, Dylan McDermott with salt and pepper hair would place perfectly in the role.
College freshman, Natalie Vega, discovers she has the ability to turn into the four elements of the earth when she unites with her high school crush, Ryan McCoy.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I am currently sending out submissions and hope to obtain an agent and publish traditionally. If that doesn’t work, then I will self-publish.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It took me about 2 ½ years. Originally it was an adult romance but I decided to revamp it into a young adult/new adult novel since it was heavily female heroine based. I think this version is so much better and it took me 4 months for the revamp.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
There are several young adult books that have characters that are able to control the elements, like “Storm” by Brigid Kemmerer, but that one is hero based and mine is heroine based. There is also the “Circle of Magic” series by Tamora Pierce, in which four mages-in-training learning to control the elements. However, my book is very different from these books. If I had to compare my writing, I’d say my book would fit in perfectly next to Amanda Hocking’s or Jessica Shirvington’s books.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I was searching for a way to express my creative talents and skills. I’ve always been a good communicator and story teller. I told myself I would write a book one day. I just thought it would be a Leadership or Human Resource book and not a fiction fantasy book. I love creative writing over business writing!
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
There’s suspense in the book which makes for an even more interesting read.
Here are the great authors I’ve tagged to tell you about their Next Big Thing! Visit them on December 19th and see what’s coming up for them. In the meantime, Happy Holidays!
Rhenna Morgan at: http://rhennamorgan.wordpress.com
Aileen Erin at: http://aileenerin.blogspot.com/