My sincere thanks to Elena Dillon for tagging me in “The Next Big Thing” blog tag game! Read her answers to the game’s interview questions here and keep an eye out for the release of her YA Suspense novel, Breathe. Also I will be passing it on so check out the authors at the bottom for the Next Big Thing!
The idea is to answer a bunch of questions about your current book or work in progress and hope that it becomes The Next Big Thing:
Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:
What was the working title of your story?
The Widows of Wyatt Abney. Who knows, it may be changed in the future, but for the moment it fits.
Where did the idea come from for the story?
This is a tough one. When I was fourteen, in a three month period two close friends and the older brother of a classmate were killed in vehicle accidents. I remember talking to one of those friends a couple nights before he died and he told me he liked a girl in my class. All of those deaths had a profound effect on me and as an adult I started wondering what life would be like had they lived. That led me to look at those of us who knew them in a different light. So, I created a lovable character, killed him off and proceeded to tell the story of the two women who loved him and how their grief led them down very different paths.
What genre does your story fall under?
Contemporary Women’s Fiction. It could also be considered a thriller.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I have images in my head of my characters, but found it almost impossible to cast the appropriate actor for them. I cheated and went to IMDB and Netflix to search. All I know for sure is that Elizabeth Banks is perfect for the adult version of Beth Terherst; Alyson Stoner would be a a good fit for the teenage Yancy Seabeau and Jeremy Renner is a shoe-in for Mark Peven. I can’t even cast Wyatt Abney and the whole novel revolves around him, or rather his memory.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
This needs work, but here goes:
Yancy and Beth lost a great love when Wyatt Abney died and coming face to face as adults will reveal if they’ve moved on or simply moved forward.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I plan to shop around for an agent.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? And read the intro.
“Wyatt’s natural pine casket suited him. His parents chose well.”
What other stories would you compare this story to within your genre?
I really don’t know. I was once told that my writing style is like Nicholas Sparks. However, I’ve never read anything like my book. That’s not to say it isn’t out there, I just haven’t come across it.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Grief. My father passed away after a long illness in August 2011. I didn’t deal with it well, to say the least. After a bout of depression, when I began to feel like myself again, the urge to write consumed me. Writing this novel was a way to work through my grief for my father and for those friends I lost long ago; I never properly grieved for them. Instead I internalized my emotions.
What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
Hmmm… a few of the characters are diehard Sammy Hagar fans, the lead character’s pet is a very well-trained South African Boerboel (huge dog, HUGE), there is young love, fear, anger, a football homecoming ceremony, a creepy guy with no conscience, a child of a 9/11 victim…and profound grief.