The Next Big Thing

So according to Stefanie J. Pristavu I get to claim to be The Next Big Thing.

What it really means is that I answer some questions about my book, then tag some other people.  Here goes:

1. What is the working title of your book?

The Priestess, the Protector.  I haven’t come up with anything better, so that’s what it will probably be.

2. Where did the idea come from for your book?

I detail the story in the About tab.  Short version:  I woke up with a sentence stuck in my head.  “Llaewyn stopped running.  He knew he was going to die.”  (OK, fine.  Two sentences.)  It turned into a scene, which turned into a story that had nothing to do with Llaewyn dying.  Revisions, right?

3. What genre does your book fall under?

YA Fantasy.

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

Wow.  I don’t follow hollywood enough to really answer that question.  Flynn Rider is who I picture for Jerok.  I really have no idea for the others, which is kind of sad.  How about y’all drop suggestions in the comments for Mirian, Traunick, and Llaewyn?

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

A sheltered priestess tries to reunite with her estranged sister, but a war in an unknown land threatens to keep them apart forever.

Meh.  That was my first attempt, anyway.  Putting into practice some of what I learned at all the writer panels at Dragon Con.

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

Agency if anyone will buy it.  I’ll probably shop it around for a bout a year and see what happens.

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

Hmm.  3 years, I think.  I’m coming up on 5 total since the events of question 2.  Hard to believe it’s been that long sometimes.

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

None.  Not sounding snobby, just don’t think it parallels any other books.  Religion (not real world religion, made up religion) plays a major role in the story.  Katherine Kurtz’s Camber of Culdi series let me know that it can be ok to do that.

9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

That relentless 2 sentence phrase wedged in my head that wouldn’t go away.  And my wife, who encouraged me whenever I felt like quitting.

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

There are no vampires, sparkly or otherwise?  The story is told from a female POV.  Charming male love interest who needs rescuing on more than one occasion?  take your pick.

Tagging people.  Ugh.  I hate this part because everyone I know has already been tagged.

Lets see, I know Pam Godwin hasn’t done this yet.  There’s one.  Four more?  Let me think on it and I’ll get back to you.

That’s it for now.  Actor/actress suggestions, as well as other tagging victims, are welcome in the comments!


2 thoughts on “The Next Big Thing”

  1. Ah, I love this fantastical story. Well written and very imaginative. I wish it would hurry up and get published so my kids could read it. Finger tapping…

    I see Anna Popplewell playing the role of the Priestess. She played Susan in the Chronicles of Narnia and I think her quiet strength mirrors the heroine in this novel.

    Thanks for tagging me, yo.

  2. Hey, Pam!

    I’m working my way through final edits. My live crit group is further ahead than CC right now, and tonight we are doing the chapter where Jerok makes his decision of which door to walk through.

    I google’d Anna Popplewell and I guess I could see that. The ‘glamour’ style pictures don’t work for me, but the ones of her in costume for Narnia seemed to do better. It’s been a long time since I saw the movie, but from what I recall, the characterization could work.

    Thanks for stopping by! I’m curious whether you will do your post on book one or book two. Which do you consider your WIP now?


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