The Next Big Thing

JR Tague tagged me in her post about her upcoming novel Leveling Up 2 about zombies! Find the Next Big Thing before it hits the bookshelves by following along and reading the posts of authors as they get tagged. You might get a behind the scenes look at the next best seller! In addition to giving me a sneak peek into her upcoming book, this blog tagging game has given me a chance to write a little about my own WIP. So keep reading for more about Speak of the Devil.

What is the working title of your book?
Speak of the Devil

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I liked the theme in Twilight of forbidden, dangerous love but didn’t want to do vampires. I thought the fallen angel idea would be good because it was a transformation in progress. It could be stopped, sped up, reversed whereas with vampires everything is so final. You either are or you’re not. Then I thought back to my high school years and picked out certain things I thought would work in a novel, and tried to make them more interesting and dramatic. I lost three of my friends in a car accident when I was 16 and know how that changed my life. The idea of falling brought up a lot of interesting elements to work with. Falling in love, falling from grace, falling from divinity, falling into madness.
So I took a character who was falling into depression and hooked her up with some angels who were falling into demonhood and wrote to see who could save whom first.

What genre does your book fall under?
YA, paranormal romance

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I have a Pinterest board set up with images of people I think would be good as characters in the book here: http://pinterest.com/shawnarp/speak-of-the-devil/
I have a young picture of Jennifer Aniston and a young picture of Claire Danes to represent Lily. Chord Overstreet would make a great Luc. I have Aaron/Shawn Ashmore as Mo. Andrew Garfield as Mike. Lily Collins as Violet.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
What happens when falling in love and falling from grace collide?

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
My book is in production with Crescent Moon Press.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I’m a slow writer and was even slower before I was offered a book deal because I figured I was just doing it as a hobby and it may never come to anything. I write faster now that I feel a validation toward my work and effort. My first draft of Speak of the Devil took about a year and a half and I wrote when I could fit it in between my day job, kids, husband and dogs.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Gosh, I don’t really know. I would say it has some of the same romantic elements as Twilight. I recently finished Taste by Kate Evangelista and there are some similarities there, too, but neither of those books are angels/demons books, but both deal with falling for someone from another world who you probably shouldn’t be involved with.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
As far as the story itself goes, I’d have to say the three friends who died when I was in high school as well as the weird group of friends I hung out with after that when I moved away. And especially myself in high school.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It is based on a very real tragedy that I went through in high school, and in this book I try to figure out the why’s and what if’s of that to make sense of it. It deals with real loss and grief and suffering as opposed to superficial portrayals of teenagers.

Thanks for the tag, JR. I hope everyone enjoys my book!

I’m tagging the following authors to share some of their wip with us.

Jenn Wells

Michelle Helliwell

Nikki McIntosh

The questions are the same that I answered:
What is the working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

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2 Responses to The Next Big Thing

  1. Nikki McIntosh says:

    Oh man! I didn’t even see this … I’ve got to get back on the Twitter!! I LOVE fallen angels … I actually want to write a book about an author who writes about fallen angels … she’s like Stephanie Meyer except with angels … maybe that’s you!!!!!!

  2. Shawna says:

    I’m in!!!