April 16th, 2013

My next big thing!

This is a series of questions called The Next Big Thing going around the internets. Someone tags you, you answer the questions, and then you tag other authors. It's like a chain letter! I was tagged by my friend Erin Downing, if you read YA romantic comedy, also known as Erin Soderberg, if you like hilarious MG.

llv_final1) What is the working title of your next book?

Levitating Las Vegas! Or, if you've read my blog in years past, before I sold this book, The Book I Love So Much That I Will Just Die If It Doesn't Sell.

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

Author Diana Peterfreund asked 10 writers to jot down a 500-word scene from the prompt, "A young woman confronts her parents after discovering that she has inherited telekinetic powers." Diana's point was that people should stop accusing authors of stealing other authors' ideas, because there are no new ideas, and 10 authors given exactly the same idea will come up with 10 completely different books. I was apprehensive about writing this scene because I'd never written paranormal, but I thought it worked out great--so great, in fact, that I decided to write a whole book around the idea for my first NaNoWriMo, in 2008.

3) What genre does your book fall under?

That is a very good question. My publisher is saying it's a sexy and fun New Adult romantic comedy with a paranormal twist. I'll take it! New Adult means the characters are between YA-age and adult. In this case, they're 21.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a
movie rendition?

This sort of question always confounds me because I watch so little TV! I don't usually think of my characters as actors like a lot of people seem to. But I do think Miley Cyrus would make an awesome heroine of this book if she would grow her hair back out.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A 21-year-old mind-reader kidnaps his high-school flame to save them both from mysterious forces trying to suppress their powers.

6) Who is publishing your book?

Like all my books, it's published by Simon & Schuster, but this one's with a digital-first arm called Pocket Star.

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

Thirty days, baby. Did I mention I WON NaNoWriMo?

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

It's probably closest to fun paranormals like those by Jeri Smith-Ready and Rosemary Clement-Moore.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Las Vegas inspired me to write this book. I love that town. I have never been anywhere so crazy or seen anything so egregious.

10) What else about the book might pique the readers' interests?

I happen to think that the hero's ability to read the heroine's mind is very, very sexy.

So! I am tagging a wide variety of folks:

The illustrious Rosemary Clement-Moore, whom I mentioned. Her Spirit and Dust is coming out on May 14!

And three local ladies:

The hilarious Naima Simone, who writes incredible erotic romances.

The brilliant Carla Swafford, who writes erotic romantic suspense. I am not making this up.

The lovely Ella Grace, whose Midnight Secrets, set in Midnight, Alabama, is coming out April 30!