Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Next Big Thing ...

So I started this blog post shortly after NaNo but never quite finished it. Now, finally it is ready.

I was nominated by the delightful Donna McNicol to blog about my next big thing in progress. Since I finished (and won!) NaNoWriMo, it seemed fitting to use that story to answer some questions.

What is the title of your Work in Progress?

Where did the idea come from for the book
I'm not sure exactly where, just that I knew I wanted to write a suspenseful, paranormal type of story. I tossed some ideas around, jotting different things down and discarding most of them, before the one that became the Guardians came together and stuck.

What genre does your book fall under?
Paranormal Suspense

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Wow, I have them pictured so much in my head but it has been hard to find the one person who fits that bill. After perusing IMBD and Google, I got a little farther.
Alana Bachman - January Jones (as a brunette)
David Ward - Henry Cavill 
Curtis - John Heard
Frankie - Melanie Lynskey
Randall Ward - Donald Sutherland
William Ward - Ryan O'Neal
Katrina Ward - Frances McDormand
Unnamed Man in Black - Dwight Schultz

What is a one-sentence synopsis of the book?
Alana Bachman returns to her old hometown and discovers an earth-shattering family secret that puts her in grave danger, and with the help of her neighbor David, she learns the truth about her family and the power inside of her.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I hope to be represented by an agency.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Well, I'll tell you when it's done! LOL I started Guardians during Nano of 2011, but because of work demands, I wasn't able to finish. I continued to pick away at the story, and got through a major chunk of it written during this year's Nano. I hope to finish it in the next month.

What other books would you compare this story to in your genre?
Due to some of the symbolism, probably Dan Brown's books but not as complex and there is a stronger romance sub-plot than his novels have.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The characters and the spirit of Nano.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Alana's character is strong and opinionated, but has a fractured part of herself. She feels completely alone in the world, having no family left that she knows of. When she returns to Wardville, she thinks she is just trying to find herself, but there is more to her journey than that. The secrets of her family open up a whole new aspect of her life she never would have thought of or considered.

Here are my five author nominations, all awesome writers (duh!):
Sarah Aisling
J M Blackman
Jeff Tsuruoka 
Jen DeSantis
Jennifer Gracen

Check out their blogs soon to see what they are working on!

Happy Writing!

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