First up, a few announcements:
1. Two posts back, I said that my goal was to finish my first draft before Halloween, but then I never came back to let you know if that actually happened. It did, in fact! I finished the final scene about a week before Halloween during a late night frenzy of coffee, chocolate, and typing – putting the final word to paper (or, to computer screen, in this case) at around three a.m. I then tried to leave it alone, thinking I’d distance myself from it for a bit before beginning revisions. But I couldn’t. Until…
2. NaNoWriMo swooped in to save the day. I wasn’t going to participate. I knew that November was going to be a crazy busy month for me. But then I found myself signing up. I’ll just write along at my own pace, I thought. Then Twitter friend and local author Annabeth Albert convinced me that I could shoot for a quarter of the wordcount, just to make sure that I write everyday. I thought, I can do that, no problem. What I didn’t think was that I would actually write 50,000 words in 30 days. That was NOT the plan. And yet, I DID. I ACTUALLY WROTE 50,100 words in 29 days. And now, half of my second novel, Midas Touched, is sitting in a big fat computer file on my laptop, smirking at me, saying “No more excuses. You can write no matter what is going on in your life. So write, damn it.”
During NaNoWriMo, Carey Torgesen tagged me for the Next Best Thing blog hop, and I couldn’t be more honored. I didn’t have time to do it then, because you know – NaNoWriMo. But this week I pulled out and started looking at the questions. Then, just a couple days ago, Kristina Pui also tagged me. I’ve been double tagged! That means I’d better get to answering those questions, right?
So here we go!
(I’ve chosen to talk about my first WIP, rather than Midas Touched, because the latter is still very much in its infancy.)
What is the working title of your book?
The title has been something I’ve been struggling with. I still haven’t a clue what I’m going to call it when the book is complete. So for now, I’ve been using “Liel,” the name of one of my main protagonists, as a working title.
Where did the idea come from for your book?
This story has been simmering in my head for so many years that I can no longer remember how I came up with it, exactly. I’ve always been fascinated with Celtic mythology and environmental changes. So somehow, somewhere along the way, those two subjects came together, and it all began to take shape.
What genre does your book fall under?
Upper YA / NA Urban Fantasy
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Wow, this was tough….Here goes:
Twenty-year-old Charlotte simply wants to get through college with minimal distractions; but when she encounters an odd, yet compelling man no-one else can see, she begins to experience strange things: blackouts, unfamiliar memories, and the ability to manipulate elements, drawing her into his world – that of the Fae – and the resurgence of a dangerous entity who threatens the very existence of human and Fae alike.
(A HUGE thanks to Carey Torgesen for helping me streamline and smooth that out! Phew!)
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I hope to have it represented by an agency.
How long did it take for you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I casually wrote, tossed out, and rewrote the first few chapters over the course of about 6 years. I don’t really count those versions, as they were vastly different than what I have now. I finally buckled down and decided to take the business of writing seriously back in April, and I finished the draft at the end of October. So, let’s say 6 months.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Ooh, it’s awfully intimidating to compare this story to specific books. What if I fall completely off the mark? It’s part romance, part mystery, and part magic; so if you like books with those elements combined, you’ll probably like my story as well.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
When it comes to my two main characters, Charlotte and Liel, I have a tendency to see them more by their personalities than their outward appearances, which makes it difficult for me to picture anyone playing them.
I can come up with some possibilities for a few of the other important characters however. I’ve picked these actors solely by how they look. I’m not familiar with their acting styles (with the exception of David Strathairn and Joanne Whalley, both of whom I believe would do an excellent job) – their faces simply match the pictures in my head.
Drew Van Acker
I just couldn’t decide between the two. They both look the part. Also, both are named Drew. Odd, that.
We have to go back in time for this one. I picture her as a young Joanne Whalley, particularly as her character Sorsha in Willow.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Well, as I mentioned above, I’ve always had a keen interest in Celtic mythology. But besides that, much of my inspiration has come from my surroundings. The beginning of my story takes place around the University of Washington, where I received my degree in History. The campus and the area around it is gorgeous. If you ever find yourself in Seattle, you simply must go visit. As a student, I liked to hang out there, even when I didn’t need to. Still would now if it wasn’t such a drive.
The rest of the tale takes place in the Snoqualmie Valley area – fertile farmland surrounded by woodlands, with the Snoqualmie River running right through it. Every single day I look outside and feel blessed to live in such a beautiful place. Really. It’s amazing.
The valley is littered with old barns, some of which are caved in, which makes them all the more interesting, in my opinion. There’s also the occasional abandoned farmhouse. I pass these buildings while driving all the time, and so of course, they made it into my story. The Fae (my version of them, that is) make use of abandoned buildings in an interesting way – I won’t tell you how here. You’ll just have to wait and read it!
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Besides all of the Fae, and magic, and looming danger, and lovey kissy stuff?
Did I mention crows with ESP and stones that hum? No? Well now I have.
So, who shall I tag to do this next? Let’s see…
In alphabetical order (just because):
No pressure! But I’d love to read about what you’re working on!