Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Next Big Thing

The ever awesome Patsy Collins tagged me in The Next Big Thing. Which is basically an excuse for me to tell you about what I'm working on. :) Thank you Patsy! (If you don't already follow Patsy, click on her name above and go check her out. You won't regret it!)

Right now I am working on revising a short YA novella. I recently got some very helpful feedback on it (thanks Cassie!) and am really enjoying revising it. I'm hoping to have it ready to send out in the next month or so.

What is the working title of your book?Secondary Characters

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I heard a song from a musical called (you guessed it) Secondary Characters. In the musical, two characters with smaller parts find themselves alone on stage and take the opportunity to have a little duet without the main characters. I just really liked the idea of telling a story from the POV of two people who think they're 'secondary characters.'

What genre does your book fall under?
It's a YA contemporary romance.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Oh geez, I have no idea. . . Okay, a quick google search has led me to:

Nicole Peltz as Mabel

Alex Ferris as Lance

They're not perfect, but they're good enough. (Although I'll admit I have no idea who either one of them are.)

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Mabel is used to being in Amber's shadow, until she falls for Lance and decides she wants to be the heroine of her own love story. (Okay, that's not very good, but it's the best I could come up with right now.)

Will your book be self published or represented by an agency?
Hopefully I can get it published with a small publisher.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Hmm, not long. Maybe a week or two. Keep in mind though that it's a short novella, not a novel!

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I have no idea. I stink at that.

Who or what inspired you to write the book?
Hmm, didn't I kind of already answer that?

What else about your book might pique the readers interest?
Well, I really like the characters. :) They're fun and a bit different, with good senses of humor. Hopefully other people will like them, too.
That's pretty much it. Have a happy Halloween everyone! I will be posting pictures of my kids in their costumes at some point soon. I made my eight-year-old daughter's costume and I'm pretty proud of it. Not because it's awesome, but simply because I am not an overly crafty person and I'm proud of myself for doing it. :) She was worried I wouldn't be able to give it enough 'pizzazz' (her word.) I accepted the challenge and I think it turned out pretty cool. She's very happy with it. :)

Okay, so I'm an idiot who forgot to tag people! Whoops! Here they are now:
Nicole from Write me a World
Elizabeth Seckman
Annalisa Crawford


  1. It's a real treat to read about your novel. I love that it was inspired by a song from a musical. :)

  2. I think your synopsis was great! I liked it. Sounds like something I'd enjoy, so get it published!
    (I'm also uncrafty and once puff painted my son a Woody costume and I was sooo impressed with myself!)

  3. I love this Next Big Thing Meme! I answered it today too :) I love reading about other people's WIPs. I really like the idea of the secondary characters too, so high five :D

    Also, I think the Nicole girl was in the live action version of Avatar: The Last Airbender. At least I think she was. She looks like the girl.

    Happy Halloween!

    1. I never saw that. Maybe she is. :)
      I love reading about people's WIPs, too. I'll go check yours out! :)

  4. Nice to see you're doing a unique novella. I answered this meme yesterday and it's fun to do. Can't wait for Secondary Characters to get picked up.

    1. Thanks Sheena-kay, that's sweet. :)
      I'll check yours out!

  5. I stink at comparable titles. I always come up with ridiculous things, and then I feel silly. Good luck.

  6. A week is still fast! Cool how you got the idea. And don't worry, it's tough to come up with a one sentence synopsis on the spot.

    1. Thanks Alex. Fast in not something I normally am, but this one came quickly. :)

  7. That POV sounds like a really interesting idea. Thanks for tagging me, but I've done this one already - and don't have another project to talk about yet :-)

  8. I love this story :) I want to take Lance home and cuddle up next to him while he tells me jokes, lol. :)

  9. I did a novella not long ago, was kinda fun. I'll have to get back to editing soon.

    Good for you on making the costume. I'm not that crafty either, so I don't attempt to make costumes.

  10. Fun answers! And thanks for the shout out.

  11. I really love the idea of a book that focuses on secondary characters. More often than not, secondary characters end up being more fascinating than the main characters, so it'll be fun to see them take the spotlight for a change!

  12. What a great idea - good luck with it! There's an award for you over on my blog :-)

  13. I love this story and can't believe you wrote it in a week!! Can't wait to read the rest.

    Thanks for tagging me!