It could be me. It could be A. G. Henley, who tagged me, or any other author participating in The Next Big Thing blog hop. How exciting is it to find a fabulous book by an up-and-coming author before the rest of the world jumps on the bandwagon? What must it have been like to read Twilight before it was TWILIGHT? Well, now’s your chance. All you have to do is follow the links like a treasure map to learn about all sorts of little-known books that could one day be the next New York Times Best Seller, the next blockbuster movie sensation, the next billion dollar franchise. Okay, so maybe I’m stretching it a bit, but Harry Potter didn’t start out as one of the biggest series in the world. It was just a book by an unknown author, sitting on the bookstore shelf.
Here’s how it works: I’ll answer 10 questions about my book. At the end, I’ll tag more authors who could also become The Next Big Thing and next week they’ll answer 10 questions about their book and tag more authors. So here it goes:
- 1. What is the working title of your book?
My book is titled Pucker Up.
- 2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
I like stories that take a familiar tale and twist it up. I started thinking about Sleeping Beauty and other fairy tales and why it is always the Prince who saves the Princess. It always bothered me that the women always needed the man to get her out of her mess. What kind of message does that send our daughters? So, I changed it up and made the woman the rescuer and the man the one to need her help.
- 3. What genre does your book fall under?
It is young adult, urban fantasy.
- 4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
My answers are going to be different from what Ivy and Garren chose for themselves (see Meet Ivy and Garren from Pucker Up post). For Ivy, I always pictured Evangeline Lilly who played Kate in Lost.
As for Garren, I think Matt Lanter comes pretty close.
- 5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A teenage witch must find and awaken the cursed prince with True Love’s Kiss in order save her magically hidden town from witch-hunting Eradicators, but she’s not looking forward to it.
- 6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Pucker Up is self-published but by no means did I do it all alone. I’m very lucky to have surrounded myself with many talented writers who helped me edit and shape up my book into something I could be proud of.
- 7. How long did it take to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Good question. I think it took me seven months just to get the first draft done and then another year to finish revisions and edits. My goodness, I hope the second book doesn’t take that long.
- 8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
That’s a toughie. Right now young adult fantasy seems to be very serious and dark, so mine doesn’t seem to fit in. But I think Pucker UP could compare to the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson because of the humor and sarcastic dialogue. Also, I think Ivy is similar to Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy series. So if you like those books, give Pucker Up a try.
- 9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I started out writing Vampire Academy fanfiction. That was a blast. The wonderful feedback I received from my readers gave me the courage to try to create my own world and characters. One of my readers and fellow fanfic author, René Gilley, has been a tremendous support and inspiration through this writing journey. But the biggest inspiration has been my teenage daughter, Monica. I wanted to write a story that she would be proud her momma wrote.
- 10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The magical town of Salmagundi is loosely based on the Alaskan town of Haines. I lived there when I was eleven, back in the early eighties. My parents owned a pizza restaurant, Annie’s Pizza. Although I never actually came across any witches or vampires while there, one of our customers did remind me of a werewolf.
So, now I will tag three more authors. Check out their blogs next week to learn about their books. You may just come across the next big thing.