First of all, HELLO! The last month or so has been so insane for me personally and professionally such that a few things had to give and this blog being one of them. But I'm back and ready to kick asses and take names. Bring it, 2013!
To that end, I got tagggggged by one Sarah Enni to share about my current work in progress. Which is timely because I just finished a pretty final draft.
What’s the working title for your book? UNDERTOW. But it's totally subject to change (and it has like a dozen times). One of my writing friends gave me a GREAT title and then I saw a deal in PM of another book with that title (fortunately while said book sounds awesome, it also sounds nothing like mine).
What is the one sentence synopsis for your book? Uh... Donnie Darko meets Charlie St. Cloud with a Sixth Sense-like twist?
What genre does your book fall under? YA Psychological Thriller
What other books would you compare your story to in your genre? In the vein of Imaginary Girls (but my prose will never be that gorg) with a sprinkling of In the Garden of Good and Evil.
Where did the idea come from for your book? I was working on another project that got scrapped but this one scene stuck with me in a way that I just couldn't shake and so I kept mulling it over and then I had a "what if" moment (what if SPOILER, really). So, I started tinkering around and kind of loosely plotted something using Save the Cat beat sheet. One scene led to another (see what I did there?) and voila! Dark and twisty manuscript.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? FUN question. So probably my main character Kates (yes, with an S) would be Ashley Rickards. Not just because I love Awkward. (I do) but because she rocked it on American Horror Story and that is quiiiiite similar vibe to my manuscript. Ish.
The love interest, Garrett... hmmm. Max Thieriot? (Ish). He's a bit blond, but he has the right build, I think. And, again, he can do creepy. ;)
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I have an agent so assuming she likes and thinks it can sell? (gulp)
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? May we see an intro? A lot longer than usual. Normally, I'm a fast drafter but 2012 was the year of the FUNK for me. So I started writing in June, finished first draft in early October. Revised. Revised some more and now a shiny version is in my agent's hands.
As for an intro, these are the first few lines (for now anyway):
You have to unlearn the constellations in order to see the stars. At least, that’s what my dad always said. Looking up at them tonight, I wonder about the thousands of years of human tragedy they’ve had the misfortune to observe. Wars, destruction, disease, death, millions upon millions of personal tragedies unfurling beneath, and those stars are powerless to do anything but watch. The great world goes right on spinning like she doesn’t give a damn.
Because, well, she doesn’t.
What else about your book might pique a reader’s interest? The manuscript is set on the fictional tourist-trap island of Prospero, which is just east of Savannah, Georgia so there is lots of room for strange and mysterious and the occult.
Gotta tag some people so I will choose some of my girls Erin Brambilla, Kara Taylor, and Kate Boorman. Woot.