Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

I’d like to thank Natalie Star for tagging me in The Next Big Thing blog hop. The usual way this blog hop works is for each tagged author to answer the questions about their most current book. But since I’ve been tagged for this Wednesday, and this week is TriciaPalooza week, Tricia and I are going to bend the rules a bit. This week, Tricia will answer the questions here, and next week I’ll answer them on her blog.

And now…The Next Big Thing…

What is the working title of your book? 
The title of my book is The Claiming Words.  

Where did the idea come from for the book?
For me, the characters come first. Three of my main characters started chattering in my head. Well, actually, they were arguing. I felt compelled to put it down on paper, and from there, The Claiming Words eventually emerged.

What genre does your book fall under?

My book is romantic fantasy for Young Adults. I could probably call it paranormal romance, but I don’t have any vampires or werewolves which is what most readers expect to find within the pages of a book in that genre.

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

Okay, this is probably the hardest question for me to answer. I don’t really watch a lot of television and I rarely go to the movies. I’m probably the worst when it comes to coming up with the names of actors and actresses. I’d like to say Emma Watson could play Alisa. I think of China Ann McClain when I think of
Rachel, though China is a bit young. But, she’s adorable and very talented.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? When danger and magic come to the small town of Oaktree, can Rachel and Alisa put aside their differences over their love for the same guy in order to defeat the evil that stalks them?

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

My book has been published by Iconic Publishing.

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

It took less than three months to write the first draft. Edits and rewrites are a whole different story.

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

I think people bring up Twilight any time there’s a YA book with paranormal or romantic themes. I’d compare it to The Timeless Series Novels by Lisa Wiedmeier or Chrysalis by Michel Prince.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Writing is something I’ve always wanted to do. I think my love of reading is what inspired me. I’m in awe of anyone who can weave a good tale, so I think it would be safe to say I was inspired by every author I’ve ever read.

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

For a paranormal novel, The Claiming Words isn’t particularly dark. You’d think that a book with Witches and Demons would be gothic and moody, but it really isn’t. It’s actually quite funny in spots.

Thanks, Tricia. I truly hope your book is the next big thing. I have tagged the following authors. Visit their blogs next week to read about their latest WIP or book release.

Tricia Drammeh 

Greg Hart

Jade Kerrion 

Liliana Soare 

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