All aboard the Next Big Thing blog hop!
Robin Summers tagged me in her post last week, so I get to tell you about the thing that’s occupied my attention for the past three years. “Next big thing”? Sounds a bit grand, but it was a big deal to me. The blog hop’s purpose is to introduce readers to writers that perhaps they haven’t heard of, whether it’s a new release or a work in progress (WIP). This is week 28.
According to the rules of the hop, I will be answering questions (the same ones for every other blog hopper) about my book. At the bottom of my post I’ll “tag” two more authors who will do the same thing next week on their blogs Wednesday, January 9, 2013.
1. What is the title of your work in progress? The manuscript is finished, actually, and it’s called The Unwanted.
2. Where did the idea come from for the book? Basically, it started with a story I wrote, “The Trouble with Billy,” in the anthology Speaking Out. It was a story about a boy, his best friend, and his bully. The boy, named Jamie, lives with his dad and has always believed his mother was dead. I wondered, what if she was actually alive—and what if she was an Amazon?
3. What genre does your book fall under? Young-adult fantasy.
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Oh, good question. I picture a teenage version of David Tennant for Jamie, the protagonist, but for the others I have images of them in my head that don’t necessarily conform to anyone famous.
5. What is a one-sentence synopsis of the book? Can the teenage son an Amazon never wanted save the mythical tribe of warrior women from the wrath of a vengeful god?
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Neither, but stay tuned!
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript? About two years. I am an extremely slow writer, so that’s actually an improvement over my first novel, which took seven years.
8. What other books would you compare this story to in your genre? I hesitate to compare it to anything, not because it has no peer, but because I wouldn’t want to blame anyone else for any of my mistakes. After I started writing this, I picked up Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and began reading those. The Unwanted is targeted at an older audience than Percy, but they’re great fun.
Another book I read while working on this was Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles. This was my favorite book of 2012 and, while I would not even begin to compare my work to an Orange Prize winner, she inspired me to make it the best I possibly could.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book? I have been interested in Greek mythology ever since my mother gave me a copy of Bulfinch’s Mythology as a high schooler and later a big encyclopedia of world mythology. Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t say that Amazons have been interesting to me ever since I first read a Wonder Woman comic book. That said, my Amazons don’t have bullet-deflecting bracelets, golden lassos of truth, or an invisible jet.
In other news, I really want an invisible jet, but I’d settle for the bracelets.
10. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest? Goddesses, three-headed dogs, and an army of the undead. How’s that for fun?
Who’s tagged? My friend ’Nathan Burgoine who is finishing his first novel, due out this year from Bold Strokes Books, and I was going to tag Rebekah Weatherspoon, but she already got tagged by Yvonne Heidt (who’s also posted this week). I’m bad at tagging, clearly. So! If you want to be tagged, leave a comment and I’ll add you!