Ever heard of a blog hop? I thought maybe it was like a sock hop where I could dance in a poodle skirt. Alas, dancing does not seem to be involved (unless it’s virtual dancing . . . does virtual dancing burn calories?).
No, apparently a blog hop is a fun way for authors to spread the word about new books and the cool people who write them. I like it when authors form a tribe and work together for the greater good of writerdom. Rock on! The name of this particular blog hop is THE NEXT BIG THING. I was nominated by Next Big Thing Ellie Ann.
Here’s the blurb about Ellie’s debut thriller, BREAKING STEELE:
Sarah Steele has a lot to prove. Foster care brat turned successful Assistant District Attorney, she’s enjoying her magical pumpkin carriage ride but knows she is only one mistake away from landing on the curb. When she’s given an open-and-shut case regarding multi-millionaire Hank Williams and his murder of young Tracy Mulligan, Sarah’s determined to win. But when everything goes wrong, and there’s a killer on the loose, she isn’t prepared for who the real battle is against: herself. Is she really willing to do anything to take Hank Williams down?
1: What is the title of your book?
EYES OF LIGHTNING. It’s first in The Thunderbird Legacy, a four-book series.
2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
I was a junior in college, working in the ecology lab sorting macroinvertebrates from aquatic samples (seriously—that was my job). I’d recently seen the Stephen King movie Dreamcatcher, and that might’ve inspired the direction my brain took. The scene that popped into my head doesn’t happen until Book 3, so I can’t describe it without spoiling everything. Basically, I imagined four kids with supernatural powers. What does that have to do with macroinvertebrates and a movie about aliens? I have no clue. Just goes to show: you never know when or where you’ll get a killer book idea. The idea grew into several scenes. When I couldn’t get the characters out of my head, I knew I had a novel-worthy story.
3: What genre does your book come under?
YA Paranormal. On Amazon it’s also been tagged as “Romance” and “Christian Fiction.” If you can figure it out, let me know. I’m thinking this book doesn’t fit neatly in one box.
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I’m embarrassed to admit I can’t answer this question. I watch zero TV and very few movies. To find appropriate actors for my characters, I’d have to start searching websites . . . and several hours later I’d probably still be there, eyes glazed over from hundreds of celebrity photos. Anyone have some actors you could recommend to me??
5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Fifteen-year-old Ivy and three neighbor boys discover the supernatural powers of the Thunderbird and try to save Ivy’s grandfather.
6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
Self-published. I wanted to try it to see what all the hype was about, and I wanted to prove to myself I could do it. But I was VERY lucky to have such talented people backing me: my editor, Ellie Ann, and my cover designer, Rod Karmenzind. They make me look good.
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About two months. It was the thousand additional drafts that took forever.
8: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My first critique partner, Syd Gill, inspired me to participate in National Novel Writing Month in 2007. That’s when I started the first draft of EOL.
10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I love nature, mythology, and sarcasm. You’ll find all three in my book . . . especially the sarcasm.
So that’s it for my Q & A. Now I get to pass the sock hop, er, blog hop along to another up-and-coming author. I nominate Devri Walls as THE NEXT BIG THING!! *applause and confetti*
Devri’s book, WINGS OF TAVEA, just released yesterday (literally!)! It’s a YA fantasy with magic, romance, and plenty of adventure. As the copy editor for this book, I was blessed with an early look. It’s the second book in the Solus Series. Check out the first book, WINGS OF ARIAN, if you haven’t read it yet. The party is moving to Devri’s site next, so click HERE to keep dancing! And thanks to all you readers for dancing along!