Next big thing

Recently, Lisa from “empty the well” tagged me as part of the Next Big Thing Blog Hop. It’s been quite a while since I’ve joined in this kind of blogging shenanigans, but I really like the questions involved with this one.

Here are 10 inquiries about my future, award-winning novel. Being that I am once again participating in NaNoWriMo this year, I’ll answer based on that attempt.

I’m still pondering if I’ll post my work in progress. I’m not writing the chapters in any sort of order, so it’s a bit haphazard now. The response to this post may be the deciding factor.

What is the working title of your book?
It will make no sense to anyone other than me, but it’s “Red Hawk.” I only used that to make it easier to find the rough draft on my desktop. A hawk is featured in the story, but this title won’t make the final edit.

Where did the idea for your book come from?
No kidding, it was a dream. And no, I wasn’t drinking or eating weird stuff the night before. I’m hoping to re-connect with the dream some night while I’m writing. I’d like to know how it ends.

What genre does your book fall under?
If it had to be designated something, I guess it would be fantasy. Though the story setting is modern-day America and Ireland.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I never really thought about it. I don’t watch a lot of movies so can’t say I’m familiar with too many of the current movie idols. If Jessica Tandy were still alive, she’d be great for the grandmother, but if not her, maybe Judi Dench. As for the lead female, Dakota Fanning, with Colin O’Donoghue as her dad.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
“A young woman, full-filling a family tradition, learns that tradition can often take on a life of its own.”

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
If it ever gets that far, I would probably look first to being self-published.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your novel?
I haven’t finished the first draft yet, but it is the focus of the National Novel Writing Month for me this year. I’m on track to write 50,000 words in 30 days, so ask again on Nov. 30.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
So far, I haven’t found a book that is similar to what I envision. I hope that is a good thing.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
See NaNoWriMo…

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Lisa offered her readers money, I’d have to pay people in Trident gum, so that probably won’t be a successful marketing ploy. The best I can offer are fantasy creatures and at least one tattoo that comes to life.

Now comes the meme part where I’m supposed to “tag” two more people to pimp their Next Big Thing. This was always the hardest part of memes for me, since there are either too many people I want to include, or not enough… and by not enough, I mean, I don’t know who would be willing to participate.

This time I just asked. Hopefully, the artistic powerhouse, husband/wife team of Lance and Deana will soon fill out this questionnaire to tell us all about their pending literary masterpieces.

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