Thank you so much to CM Doporto for tagging me in the Next Big Thing. This blog hop asks authors a series of questions about their current manuscript. Be sure to check out CM at: http://cmdoporto.com/
It’s been a while since I posted, but hopefully this will break my dry spell. Here goes!
What is the working title of your next book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I’ve been a huge Urban Fantasy junkie ever since the Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the movie version) came out…so a long time. Vampires have been thoroughly explored, but I wanted to take another look at werewolves—more specifically what someone would go through after being bitten and transforming into a werewolf. The idea seemed to be full of tension (a must for a good story) and endless possibilities. After brainstorming, I found my main character, Tessa. Shortly after that, the world Tessa lives in came into focus. The story snowballed from there.
What genre does your book fall under?
Shifter is a Young Adult Urban Fantasy with strong romantic elements.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Hmm. That’s a tough question. Having a husband who works in the film industry, I know that casting is everything. I think I’d leave that up to the producers. ;)
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
In Shifter, a girl with visions finds out how dangerous romance can be in a werewolf-ridden town.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It’s too soon to say, but I might have an update on this soon. ;) ;)
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The first draft took just shy of a year to write.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
There are a ton of YA Urban Fantasies out there, but I think anyone who enjoys Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers Series, P.C. Cast’s House of Night Series, or Annette Curtis Klause’s Blood and Chocolate would also like Shifter.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I have always been an avid reader, yet dreamed of being a writer. After completing my first full manuscript in 2008 (a Young Adult Fantasy), I decided I needed to learn more about the craft. I found myself at Seton Hill University, where I received my Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction. Shifter was my thesis novel for the MFA program.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
If you like action, sassy characters with super powers, and a good helping of romance—not to mention werewolves—you might want to check out Shifter. Just sayin’.
Here are the amazing writers I’ve tagged to tell you about their Next Big Thing. Visit them on December 26th to see what's upcoming for them. And until then, I hope everyone has a very Happy Holiday!
Mary Karlik -- http://Marykarlik.com/
Brooke Linn -- http://brookelinnbooks.com/blog/