Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Next Big Thing

Two of my critique partners (Adam Heine and Krista Van Dolzer) tagged me last fall for The Next Big Thing. It's taken me a while to put it together, but here it is! :o)

Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:  (Has anyone else noticed there are eleven?)

What is your working title of your book?   The Binder's Web

Where did the idea come from for the book?    A dream

What genre does your book fall under?     YA fantasy

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? I'm not a movie buff, and I wouldn't actually want to cast my characters. I'd want someone who knew what they were doing to cast them. That said, I put a lot of thought (more than I should have) into choosing the following actors. I didn't just choose them because they looked like a certain character, though that certainly played a part. I've never done this before, and I don't know if I'll do it again, but this exercise did help me see which characteristics were essential.

Casting:                        Actors:                                   Roles I've seen them play:
Princess Caryn:           Jessica Brown Findlay          Lady Sybil Crawley (Downton Abbey)
Thea:                            Amanda Seyfried                   Cosette (Les Miserables)
Brasil:                           Charlie McDonnell                 Not really an actor, but so much like Brasil
Prince Lael:                  Aaron Tveit                            Enjolras (Les Miserables)
First Captain Evan:       Martin Freeman                     Bilbo (The Hobbit)
King Caradoc               Gerard Butler                         The Phantom (The Phantom of the Opera)
Queen Meriele              Robin Wright                          Princess Buttercup (The Princess Bride)
Prince Gwain                James McAvoy                     Max (Penelope)
King Rian:                    Sean Bean                              Boromir (The Lord of the Rings)
Queen Artis                  Catherine O'Hara                   Mom (Home Alone) (Penelope)
Yenifer                          Nicole Kidman                        Where would I start?
Yenifer's assassin       Jamie Campbell Bower           Gellert Grindelwald (Harry Potter)

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Caryn, Princess of Glenwys, needs to enlist the sea serpents and unite the four kingdoms of Serpent Isle against the coming invasion fleet, but her plans go awry when the serpents refuse her and a family ghost reveals its alliance with the enemy.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?  I will query agents with it.

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

May we see an intro?  No.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Tamora Pierce's TRICKSTER'S CHOICE, Sarah J. Maas's THRONE OF GLASS, Robin McKinley's Damar books, and Shannon Hale's ENNA BURNING

Who or what inspired you to write this book? It started out as a story inside Star Swans, but it kept growing. The story inspired itself. It came as a dream, and once I started writing it out, it wouldn't settle for being a little piece of a larger story.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest? Hmm. The Drowned Caverns look like the islets in the top picture of Wikipedia's Phang Nga Bay entry. However, the isle itself started out as an old map of Wales that I amputated from Great Britain. It's changed since then, but I kept some names.

Now for the fun part: You're it!

Kristin Gray
Amy Sonnichsen
Jackee Alston
And seriously, if you're reading this and would like to participate, consider yourself tagged. Please leave a link to your answers in my comment section! I want to read them. :o)

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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? May we see an intro?
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 five people in advance.


10 comments:

  1. I'm swooning over your actor choices. I LOVE the idea of Lady Sybil playing Caryn. Thanks for tagging me! :D

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  2. Thanks, Amy! Those first four were hard to cast. I'm looking forward to yours! :o)

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  3. Nice actor list. And I apologize that I don't remember, but if you picked Sean Bean to play King Rian, does that mean King Rian dies? ;-)

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    1. *crickets*

      I need to set things up so that I can answer these by e-mail.

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  4. So fun to hear about your latest project! The best to you with it.

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  5. I love looking at the casting for this tag. Good luck with the project.

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    1. That's my favorite part, too. Thanks, Medeia!

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  6. Ooh! Makes me so excited to read Binders. (Someday...?) Having read Star Swans, I'm super intrigued!

    Thanks for the tag. I'll have to come up with something. :o)

    Hugs!

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    1. You're welcome, Jackee! I'm excited to see what you come up with.

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