Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Next Big Thing

Welcome to Week 20 of The Next Best Thing!

In this blog hop, authors answer ten pre-determined questions, which will reveal bits and pieces about their current release or upcoming book. Today, I'm going to highlight the sequel to my debut novel, The Willows: Thorn. But first, I want to say thanks to the amazing, Layla Messner for inviting me to play along!


Q: What is the working title of your book?
A: The Willows: Thorn

Q: Where did the idea come from for the book?
A: It's a continuation of The Willows series, but the original idea spawned from one of my lead characters, Gabe Willoughby.

Q: What genre does your book fall under?
A: Young Adult paranormal romance.

Q: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
A: I'd love to have Alexandra Dadario play Ashton. She has the most perfect shade of blue eyes. The rest of my dream cast can be found here.

Q: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A: I don't have a one-sentence synopsis written for Thorn yet. It's still being written ;) 

Q: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
A: Thorn will be published by Raven Key Press.

Q: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
A: I'm still working on the first draft. My debut novel, The Willows: Haven, took about nine months.
Q: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
A: I'd say, story-wise, it falls somewhere between Julie Kagawa and Amanda Hocking.
Q: Who or What inspired you to write this book?
A: I've always written, but I'd never tackled a full-length novel. My awesome husband really encouraged me to finish one after our second daughter was born. It was a way of having something for myself. It's easy to get lost in taking care of everyone else. He wanted to me to have my own outlet. :)

Q: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
A:You probably haven't read anything about what my characters are before. I really love taking existing history, fable, myths, or beings and making them my own.

I’m breaking the “rules” of this blog hop a bit because, despite numerous posts on Twitter, I couldn’t find five more authors who wanted to answer these questions about their WIP/new release (I guess everyone’s busy writing.) Rather than become the most annoying person on Twitter, I decided to link to five of my author buddies. Feel free to play along if you'd like, guys. No pressure! If anyone else would like to participate, just leave a comment, and I'll link you in :)
My author buddies (who are AMAZING writers. Check them out!):
Elizabeth Isaacs
Rachel Harris
Lucy Swing
Trisha Wolfe
Tiffany King 
Mindy Ruiz
Todd Keisling

The rules: Post *next Wednesday.* Answer these 10 questions about your WIP or new release. Find five authors to “tag” for week 21.


Layla Messner said...

Yay! I'm so glad you jumped in the blog hop. I really enjoyed learning more about The Willows series. I still LOVE the title The Willows: Thorn.

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