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The Next Big Thing

I’ve been tagged for The Next Big Thing meme by the wonderful Suzanne McLeod, who writes the incredible Spellcracker Series. Which means today I’m ‘it’ and have to answer the ten questions below:

What is the working title of your next book?

“An Incredibly Witty (and as yet Undiscovered) Title for Book Three.”  A trifle lame, right? Well, I do have a title for the first book–it’s called The Trouble With Fate. You can find it in stores December 24th. Which basically means I’m your Christmas present. Cheers!

Where did the idea come from for the book?

It was all about the character for me. What if my heroine was more Betty Boop than Angeline Jolie?  Could  I write a compelling story about a girl who wasn’t kick-ass but nonetheless found herself in a situation where action and hard choices were required? What if her supernatural gifts were almost drowned out by her all too mortal insecurities?

What genre does your book fall under?

This question stumped me, so I asked my editors. This is how they defined it: if romance drives the book, it’s paranormal; if action drives the story, it’s urban fantasy.

“Ah hah,” I said to my U.S. editor. “I wrote an urban fantasy!”
“No,” said Holly Blanck. “You wrote a paranormal.”

Cut to a dinner with my U.K. editor. “What would you call my book?” I asked, looking innocent. “Urban or paranormal?”
Bella Pagan speared a piece of chicken. “You wrote an urban fantasy.”

Uh huh. Bottom line? It’s a paperback with a bit of both.

 What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Once I’ve finished writing my book, it ceases to be mine. Which is why I don’t want to plant any image in my reader’s mind. I want the Hedi and Trowbridge of their dreams to be exactly as they picture them.

 What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

You wouldn’t believe how hard I have worked to avoid what writers call the elevator pitch—that one sentence synopsis. Want to read one of my epic fails?  Hedi Peacock’s life is simple—avoid the Weres and make enough money to keep her amulet and her 9/10’s batty aunt knee-deep in maple syrup. And that pretty much works, until the day the Alpha of Creemore kidnaps Lou and Hedi is forced to steal another amulet to get her back. Only one wrinkle in the plan—that particular amulet hangs from the neck of the one Werewolf she promised never to forgive—Robson Trowbridge, a rogue werewolf  who’s six feet of too-pretty-for-words.  You see? I can’t do it in one sentence. I’m way too yappy.

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

I’m blessed to have a four book contract with two publishers. The Mystwalker Series will be published by St. Martin’s Press  and Tor-UK/Macmillan.

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

Nine months. Which means squat because I revised the book so heavily that the finished product is almost unrecognizable from that first dodgy draft.

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

Ah, this I can answer because that’s part of my PR packet. (I’m lifting it right off the inside of my cover). Apparently people who like Patricia Briggs, Kim Harrison, and the very awesome Charlaine Harris, will like my books. Which is a win as far I can see. I tried to write the type of book I like to read.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The relentless creep of time.

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

I made my agent cry.

My turn to TAG 5 unsuspecting AUTHORS!

In alphabetical order~

Carol Berg: I didn’t mean to fall in love but I did. I dare you—you try to read past chapter three of Transformation without falling head over heels for her Seyonne. Which is odd, because I’m pretty sure that wasn’t Carol’s intent. She writes fantasy. Her books are full of layered scenes, and beautiful prose. Her world building skills are envy-worthy. Still got me though. I had a huge crush on Seyonne.  Hold on to your hearts, girls. She’s writing another series…

Dana Cameron: Oh no. Here’s some serious competition. Dana’s an award winning writer of mysteries and short stories, who is moving into a new genre. 47 North is publishing three of her  novels set in her Fangborn world as well as three short stories. I can’t wait to see how she’s going to meld her mystery-spinning skills to the urban fantasy world.

Ellie James:  What a lovely heart this writer has! Ellie has written a gripping YA series about 16 year-old psychic named Trinity Monsour that is sure you grab your interest, if you like New Orleans, and novels that are a wonderful mix of mystery, magic, and romance.

Kerry Schafer: Did you hear about the girl who wrote such a good book that she was plucked from the anonymity of twitter’s #bookcountry community, only to be awarded with a two-book contract from Penguin? That’s my pal, Kerry. You’ll want to read her book, “Between“. Because it’s awesome, with dragons, and penguins, and doors that lead to unexpected dreamworlds.

Kassy Tayler: There’s a couple of reasons I like this woman. First, she likes dogs. That’s a very good thing. And secondly, she’s talented. Her  book,  Ashes of Twilight, is a Dystopian steampunk that has been earmarked as the series that will give Hunger Games a run for its money!

And these are the OTHER WRITERS that Suzanne McLeod tagged with me. To which I say, “Wow.”

in Suzanne’s own words~

Tom Lloyd
“Tom’s a great pal who writes the epic and glorious Twilight Reign fantasy series, about Isak, a white-eye, who’s born bigger, more charismatic and more powerful than normal men… but with that power comes an unpredictable temper and an inner rage.(You can bet there are fireworks, and battles, and all sorts of bloody, gory stuff in these books *g*)”

Elspeth Cooper
“The wonderful Elspeth writes the superb fantasy, The Wild Hunt Quartet, with witches, church knights, the Hidden Kingdom, and the Songs of the Earth in which novice Knight Gair can hear music no one else can, beautiful, terrible music: music with power. (And you can bet that doesn’t go well for him *g*)”

Samit Basu, “writer of superheroes (such a great writer, damn him!), but someone else nabbed him first! *curses*. His Next Big Thing meme is here!”

One Comment

  • Posted November 20, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    Wow! I’m looking around at the company I find myself in and feeling a little overwhelmed. Thanks for choosing me for this, Leigh! I am honored and a wee bit frightened.

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