Ok, you should probably know by now that I'm not much of a joiner (which always makes me think of the annoying sister on Dirty Dancing, mocking Baby by saying, "Oh, you're quite the little joiner, aren't you?"...but I digress...). I don't do a lot of writerly things that I probably should be doing. But now TWO people (Adriana Ryan and Lauren Spieller) have tagged me in this lovely blog meme: The Next Big Thing.
So I figure I should participate, right?
So without further ado...here's me talking about one of the projects on which I'm currently working by answering a per-determined set of questions. I'd love to hear what you think!
1. What's the working title of your book?
(No, really, that's it. Just a name.)
2. Where did the idea for your book come from?
I have an honest-to-God true answer for this one! I had a dream one night, very vivid, very eerie, in which I sat on the bed in my college dorm room (the one I shared with a girl named Grace, not the one in which I lived alone). In the dream, there's a knock on the door, and I answer it. There stands a (completely unidentified - seriously no idea who this was) friend, and she walks into my room and says, "I'm dead. I just thought you should know that. I may not look it, but you can smell it, right? Can you smell me?"
Boom. The idea for Jo, a modern-day Frankenstein tale, was born.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
I'd call this one sci-fi, but an agent I admire and respect called it "zombie chick lit." Jo may not *actually* be a zombie, but I dig it...zombie chick lit. :)
The age-grouping would probably fall into this whole New Adult thing that's popping up all over the place...but as I haven't yet seen or heard of a New Adult Sci-Fi, I'll go ahead and say it's a normal adult book.
4. What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Huh. That's a fun question.
Jo is quirky, she's stubborn, and she's really pretty before she gets partially-embalmed by a terrorist organization....she's also in college, so I need someone young-looking. Maybe Ellen Page? She'd be cute, and I bet she'd fun getting all monstered-out as the movie progresses.
For Jo's best friend Lucy, I need someone strong, powerful, fun...definitely Emma Watson.
And for Eli, the boyfriend who stands by Jo through it all, even though the sight/smell of her forces him to barf his brains out? Hmmmm...Joseph Gordon-Levitt all the way please. He has fully won me over, and now I love him.
5. What is a one-sentence synopsis of your manuscript?
Jolene Hall might be a walking-corpse, but that won't stop her from trying to save her friends, her family, and the world from the mad scientists who created her.
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I haven't the foggiest....my husband/editor wants one stab at line edits before I really start submitting it anywhere....after that we'll just see where it finds a home!
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
This took me about a month and a half, start to finish. It was short, though - only, like, 65,000 words when I originally typed The End. On two rounds of revisions, I've added over 15,000 words...and then I deleted some of them, too.
8. What other books would you compare your book to in this genre?
It's a modern-day Frankenstein tale - not to compare myself with Mary Shelley, mind you. Just...content-wise. Living, breathing monster-girl, created by some mad scientists....yeah.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Mary Shelley? My dream? A love of monsters? All of the above.
10. What else about the book might pique a reader's interest?
Well, there's a little bit of lovey stuff (the boyfriend, Eli, really is sweet, once he stops being a total jerk)...lots of goo and gore...and a plot to take over the world with femme-bots...what more can I tell without posting the book here??
Well, so that was super-fun, and I think I pretty much just interviewed myself. If you have any questions, or would like to know more about my Jo, just leave a comment, drop me an email, tweet at me, Facebook me...whatever! All lines of communication are permanently open, so far as I'm concerned.
And I'm supposed to "tag" another writer, but since most writers who I'd tag have already done this, I'll just open it up. Are you a writer? Are you working on a cool project? Blog it and leave a link in the comments here. Hope to see you there, and thanks for reading!