Jace Daniel, the author of Under Angels, invited me to participate in a meme-style round-up called The Next Big Thing. Writers answer ten questions about a Work In Progress and then invite five other writers. Be sure to check out his take on The Next Big Thing!
What is the working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
coerced challenged by my friend, Holly Jahangiri to try to write a Hugo-worthy story. I was riffling through a Penny Press Variety Puzzle Magazine, imagining that the puzzles were secret messages requesting help. I just ran wild with it.
What genre does your book fall under?
Whimsical fantasy with a touch of madness. Or whatever you call the stuff that Lewis Carroll wrote.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Seriously? I’d like a whole bunch of unknown Canadians to make a movie from my story. I love the quality of movies and television shows coming out of Canada, United Kingdom, Korea and Australia. Personally, I’m bothered by the larger-than-life quality of move stars. Except, I would want Sandra Bullock to do something. I love Sandra Bullock. If she teamed up with the Canadians, that would be fun.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A young girl stumbles into a fantasy world of puzzle magazine publishers, where she has a chance to solve the riddle of the Evil Editor and restore the rightful rulers to the throne.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’ll probably just give it away, seeing as it’s already published as a series of blog posts. I learned something about myself: I’m a hobbyist. I really just like making up half a story and having fun telling it. I have no real burning desire to be an author, beyond pure vanity and accolades…
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I suppose the post dates on the blog would answer that: I started this journey in January, 2012. I’d better hurry up if I’m going to finish this first draft before 2013.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Nobody puts out anything this bad. I only mentioned Lewis Carroll to state the obvious.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The Easter Egg comes to a Novelette Near You! I’ve hidden a few cool references in the story. Well, they seemed cool to me when I added them at 2 a.m. Just forget it, there’s nothing there. Just a mad undertaking to work some puzzles into a storyline.
Pay attention to the palindromes, though.
I’ve asked the following writers to share their latest projects:
- Holly Jahangiri, author of Trockle and A Guppy Not a Puppy.
- Jennifer Luitwieler, author of Run With Me: An Accidental Runner and the Power of Poo, shares her Next Big Thing.
- Liss Thomas, author of Finding Monsters.