Jae at http://litandscribbles.wordpress.com told me about writing The Next Big Thing blog chain post. It is to answer a few questions about the book that I am currently working on. By doing this, it gives some sort of insight on what my book is about…hopefully. So, if you have a question that isn’t listed here, please feel free to ask it and I will try to the best of my ability to answer it for you.
Thank you Jae for the help and for the idea!!
What is the working title of your book?
Into the Realm of the Supernatural: Chaos This is the first book in a series.
Where did the idea for the book come from?
I had a dream about it, then started writing the ideas down in a notebook and piecing them together. I think a lot of authors book ideas come from dreams, look at Stephen King.
As soon as I figured out how I wanted my story to begin, I start writing it. I use a large dry erase board to write down key information to help me write. Later I will add chapters that need attention on the dry erase board.
Whenever I am away from the computer I am always scribbling notes in my notebook. When I get home, I’ll type up my notes and piece the story together, adding to it as I go along.
What genre does your book fall under?
Young Adult Fantasy
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Usually authors don’t have a say in who plays whom. I would pick Channing Tatum as the role for the Sheriff James Bailey. I think he would play a good uncle role for Anya and Noelle. As for Noelle, I would pick, Jennifer Lawrence. You might remember her from the lead role as Katniss from the Hunger Games. Noelle, is an independent, athletic young woman. She’s an avid runner and a great role model for her younger sister Anya. For Anya, I would pick, Scout-Taylor Compton. Anya tries to be a good teenager, but sometimes trouble finds her. She has a love for classic movies and even sneaks out late at night to watch a good black and white film at the cinema.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
(I honestly couldn’t think of a one sentence synopsis, so I came up with two short paragraphs)
Not much goes on in the little farming town of Pratt, Arkansas. At least that’s what most of the 282 people who live here think. Noelle Bailey, a local high school graduate, is one of those people who believe that nothing out of the ordinary or abnormal exists, especially in Pratt. However, she soon learns that she is part of the abnormal.
James, Noelle’s uncle and Pratt’s sheriff, is trying to solve a chain of murders as a secret from his past begins to unravel. His two nieces, Noelle and Anya, quickly notice changes in themselves as they get caught up in the events that occur, surrounding his investigation. One thing leads to another as a doorway to their future opens, pulling them inside. To complicate matters, the FBI arrive and request James’ to help in the unsolved mysteries. He soon discovers that he has a more important unsolved mystery requiring specifically his attention most of all.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I will definitely use an agency. Self-publishing will be the last resort.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Almost three years. I’ll be starting on my second draft very soon.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I am not sure as most books are usually all vampires, or all werewolves, or all faeries, or a huge mix of all three. I don’t have any vampires in my book. I have a mix of mostly weres and shifters and a few faeries.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
My Grandmother inspired me to keep working on this novel. I would put it down as I had to deal with real life and then she would ask if I was done with my book.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I actually did my homework on particular things for the book; for example the sheriff’s job, Sheriff’s sub stations, forensics, types of hunting rifles, etc. I also used real towns, just renamed the businesses; I added a few buildings and rebuilt some old buildings that were once there, like the school. I kept most of the actual street names; though I added a few.
I find it important for the reader to see that the author knows what they’re writing about, instead of just adding words to a page.