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The Next Big Thing

Real quick, I wanted to announce that Vonnie was the winner of a copy of The Santa Drag from last week’s SMP Christmas Blog Hop. Go HERE to see the list of grand prize winners! And thanks to everyone who visited as part of that hop!!

The Next Big Thing is a blog hop that’s been traveling from site to site, and I was tagged by the lovely Jillian Chantal. The game is that I answer ten questions about my current WIP, then tag five other bloggers to play the next round. You should totally check out Jillian’s blog (HERE), and then peruse the list of bloggers at the end of this post.

Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:

What is your working title of your book?

Sisters
It used to be Diva, but I wanted to broaden the focus to both sisters. It’s a WORKING title, and I expect it to change. Any ideas?

Where did the idea come from for the book?

In my mind, I saw a woman sitting in front of a mirror in a tiny dressing room, getting ready to go on-stage. She was fighting stage fright, but there was more to it than that…

What genre does your book fall under?

It’s an urban fantasy with strong high fantasy elements. I mean, for 2/3 of the book they’re in faerie, traveling by horseback and fighting with bronze blades and whatnot. There’s also a healthy helping of romance. As there should be.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I’m big on creating Pinterest boards for each of my projects. You can check out my Sisters board HERE, and see who some of the characters are. Funny story…my friend Amanda (who has an awesome blog HERE) is way more culturally literate than I am. I’m forever sending her links to THE perfect picture for whatever character I have in mind and she’s always like, “Yeah, and that guy was great in the movie, too.” And I’m like, “He was in a movie? He’s an actor?” Sometimes I wonder if I live in a box.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Tamsyn takes after the human side of the family, while Kat got the fae genes, and if they can keep speaking long enough, they might be able to save the world.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I pitched it at a conference in October and the editor asked for the full manuscript. We’ll see…

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

A year? Maybe longer. I think I started working on it in 2008.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

It’s along the same lines as Seanan McGuire’s Toby Daye novels, with more of an ensemble cast. I have a pretty good idea of where the sequel would go, and some loose thoughts on the book after that.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I’m pretty close to all my sisters, and wanted to write something that captured the dynamic of that relationship, the whole ‘sometimes you’re best friends, sometimes you hate each other’ thing.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Well, the query is supposed to do that, right? Here’s the first part of it…
Tamsyn’s mother raised her to believe that she got the human genes, while her sister Kat takes after the fae side of the family. Mom didn’t tell them they possess a valuable skill. As long as one of them is in faerie and the other in the human plane, they can keep the crossing between worlds open.

That skill’s a poorly-kept secret, and now the sisters have been targeted by a group of extremist fae who want to shut down the crossing because they hate the way humans abuse the earth. If the fanatics are successful, everything on the human side will die.

!!!

Well that’s a problem, isn’t it. What do you think? If you’ve got any hot title ideas, leave them in the comments. ;)
Here’s the list of the five (okay, six) bloggers who I’ve tagged for the next round. Cruise by their sites – they’re a fun bunch!
Tami Clayton
Cora Ramos
Laird Sapir
Kim Moser Griffin
KH LeMoyne
Mona Karel

And here are the rules for you to copy and paste for the next round.

Rules of the Next Big Thing

***Use this format for your post

***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress)

***Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.

Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:

What is your working title of your book?

Where did the idea come from for the book?

What genre does your book fall under?

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged. Be sure to line up your victims in advance

16 thoughts on “The Next Big Thing

  1. on ,
    Jillian said:

    Love it. The whole concept sounds great and so does the pitch. Thanks for playing.

    With some of the new actors out there I also feel like I’m in a box, too. When I see pics online at events, I’m always saying “who’s that?”

    • on ,
      Liv said:

      Thanks Jillian! It’s a sad day when People puts out it’s Sexiest Man of the Year edition and I’m like, “Who’s that guy?” Must be getting old…

  2. I’m so pathetic at cultural references. Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott, Pierce Brosnan…I get them (I wish!) But this recent influx of hot young guys, not so much. I don’t even recognize most of them. Then you have the size double aught actresses and honestly I just want to feed them up! I didn’t even know where “Gangman Style” came from until recently, and I still think it’s at best silly. Maybe that’s why my writing leans to fantasy, and I make an effort to get my people out alone, away from the big cities. Thanks for the link, I’ll have my NBT up soon.

    • on ,
      Liv said:

      Good point, Mona. When you work in fantasy or speculative fiction, you create your own cultural relevance. And I’m looking forward to your post!
      ;)

  3. You had me with “Tamsyn takes after the human side of the family…”. Very intriguing. And of course, I know I’ll love the romance you weave in too.

    • on ,
      Liv said:

      Funny story, Elizabeth…A couple people read the first draft, and when I mentioned I’d made major revisions they were both like, “But, she still ends up with…right?” OF COURSE! As if I’d write a novel with an UNhappy love story.
      ;)

  4. I love that you’re exploring the sibling dynamic in your book. It’s a great concept, and I’d love to see this book in a store some day!

  5. on ,
    Tami Clayton said:

    What a great premise for your story! I’m already drawn in and want to know more. I’m thinking about a title option for you, so if one pops in my head, I’ll be sure to send it to you.

    Thanks for the tag. The pressure’s on to get my synopsis tightened up. This should be just the motivation I need. :)

    • on ,
      Liv said:

      Thanks Tami! I think writing a synopsis is tough, but it sure helps clarify what the story’s really about.

  6. Sounds awesome! I can’t wait to read it – good luck with getting it snapped up. Your one sentence description is great. I need lessons in that department.

    I remain terrified of pinterest. Can’t quite bring myself to click on the link… Yet.

    • on ,
      Liv said:

      Aw c’mon Ellen! Do it!! There are whole hours of your day waiting to be filling with Pinterest frivolity.
      ;)
      And thanks for the compliment…

  7. Sisters. Great, Liv! Virtually no end to the complexities of relationship or plot there. Human and fae… Sheesh, all my sisters and I argued about was robbing clothes from each other’s closet.

    • on ,
      Liv said:

      Well, as a matter of fact, Tamsyn and Kat DO argue about borrowing clothes from each other…see, having sisters myself, I KNEW exactly what to include.
      Thanks Sherry!

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