The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

The WoodsThe sweet and talented Adriana Ryan tagged me in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop, which is a fun way for writers to wax poetic about our books without seeming completely narcissistic. I’m not being a crowing parent, you see, I have to talk about my baby because I was tagged. So brace yourself as I get my brag on.

What is the working title of your book?

Ha, starting with an unexpectedly tough one. For the longest time, the title has been The Hunt because it works on many different levels, but I got feedback that it was too generic. So I’ve been floating The Drama Queen Who Cried Wolf for about a year with mixed results – some people love it, others say it has to go. Since most of the docs still have The Hunt, I guess I’m sticking with that until something brilliant hits me in the shower.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Three of my high school friends were also ‘Christmas babies’ like me, so for our 18th birthdays, we had a joint video scavenger hunt party where all of our friends divided into teams and filmed ourselves completing silly tasks my dad had concocted from his warped mind.  It was a blast and one of my most vivid high school memories, so I thought it would make a fun story – but with murder and mayhem thrown in to spice things up, of course.

What genre does your book fall under?

YA Thriller/Mystery

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

The actors I originally pictured as my characters have aged out in the time I’ve been dawdling with the rewrite, so I hit up IMDB to see if I could find some new candidates.

Brea (the protagonist) would be played by Allie Grant (Lisa on Suburgatory).

Tegan (Brea’s nemesis) would be played by Kat Graham (Bonnie on The Vampire Diaries).

Kylie (Brea’s best friend) would be played by Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss from The Hunger Games).

Caleb (Brea's crush) would be played by Jeremy Sumpter (J.D. from Friday Night Lights).

Ryker (Brea's main suspect) would be played by Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy form The Vampire Diaries).

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

After the body she discovers in the woods disappears, sixteen-year-old Breanna must prove it was not the product of her overactive imagination, but rather the handiwork of a killer who plans to silence her.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I hope to be represented by an agency, but I'll self-publish if that doesn't work out.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

It was my 2007 NaNoWriMo novel, so it took me a month.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I have to admit I've been slack for a while about reading in my genre, so I don't really have any current titles for comparison. But the dark twists and turns are influenced by all the Christopher Pike novels I read growing up.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

This was my second NaNoWriMo, and I found it much tougher the second time, so my local NaNo group kept me going when I really wanted to quit.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Even though searching for a killer is a dark subject, I approach it with a light tone and lots of humor. Plus, there's romance. There's always gotta be romance. :-)

Thank you for making it this far in reading about my WIP. Now I need to go get crackin' on finishing the rewrite so there is an actual book for people to read!

And I never tag other people in these things, so if you haven't had a chance to brag about your baby yet and want to, then consider yourself tagged!

ETA: By special request I'm tagging Yve at Lazidaisical - I can't wait to find out what she's working on!

Did you (or are you going to) participate in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop? If so, leave me the link to the post so I can find out more about your book.

Dark Forest photo credit to topfer.

Comments

Medeia Sharif's picture

I love mysteries. Your project sounds intriguing. Good luck with it.

Adriana Ryan's picture

Ooh, every time you talk about this book it just makes me want to read it even more. *tamps down book lust* Hey! I was a major Christopher Pike fan, too. :D :D

Yve's picture

I like your answer to where this idea came from :) That's pretty intriguing. How far along are you in the writing process now? (And thanks for the tag!)

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Medeia and Adrianna - thanks!
Yve - You're welcome.  And I've rewritten it several times.  I'm currently about 1/3 of the way through what I think (hope!!) will be the last rewrite before I start querying.  

Michelle's picture

Your story sounds great! Mystery/suspense is my favourite genre too!

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