thanks to Craig Schmidt for nominating my blog for “The Next Big Thing.” Craig is
in the process of pursuing publication for his YA Urban Fantasy novel, Fractured Myths. It really means a lot
that Craig has nominated me because I am a devoted admirer of his writing style.
Visit him at whY A Write.
novel and then nominate other Authors for “The Next Big Thing.”
title of your book?
come from for the book?
This is an interesting question. The idea was originally a series concept
sparked from Dante’s Inferno but in a Fantasy world (think Lord of the Rings
meets Labyrinth). That then melded with my thought of “what if I explored a
character that never had a childhood because they are actually a creation? So
as a writer I am forced into a very strange perspective of someone learning to
understand and trust others.” All those strands of thought intertwined into
what is now The Labyrinth Wall, the first novel in my Obsidian series.
your book fall under?
think it would best fit New Adult Epic Fantasy, but since
still; we’ll say YA Epic Fantasy.
you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
has stumped me. I really like the idea of unknown actor and actresses. For the
sake of this question, I figured out a possibility for my main character, which
would be Dakota Fanning. She can dish out some depth and her build is what I
imagined for my character. I think she could pull off the complicated layers of
one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Here’s what I’ve got…
efforts to avoid starvation and the brutality of her creators have become
routine, but upon witnessing a mysterious stranger enter her world magically
through a wall, Araina discovers for the first time there may be a better existence
outside of the labyrinth.
self-published or represented by an agency? (Feel free to add a link)
I’m not certain.
take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
would you compare this story to within your genre?
I feel it is pretty unique, but I will say I attempted a first person, fast
paced feel similar to The Hunger Games. That may sound odd paired with the idea origins of the story, but come on… it’s fantasy, lets push the boundaries a bit.
inspired you to write this book?
active imagination which is what led to the odd thoughts I mentioned in my
answer for question two.
your book might pique the reader’s interest?
one of survival, but of learning to trust and recognizing the reality of being
alive. I think people might find the character’s odd predicaments engaging.
Past that, I’m a “big picture” thinker. If it comes across as I intended, then
people will find some mystery and be asking themselves questions. I always like
to be guessing when I read a book or watch a movie, so I like to leave readers
guessing. I put a lot of effort into making not only the story-line very
dynamic, but the odd mix of characters fresh. The spunky dialogue of the unlikely companions keeps the story propelling forward.
Thing” (Week 28):
on December 12th =) Some of them have been previously nominated, but
maybe they have another project they could discuss or a new angle to answer
some of the questions. Either way, they are fantastic writers with great blogs, so pop by for a visit!