Ruth Ellen Parlour tagged me for the Next Big Thing. I participated in this back in October when two authors – Julie and Kathils – tagged me, but I thought I’d do it again except talk about a new piece I’m working on.
What is the working title of your book? Actually, I’m going to talk about a new short story I’m working on: Megastorm.
Where did the idea come from for the book? J. Taylor Publishing put out a call for short story submissions in December 2012. The stories they want for their December 2013 anthology have to be in the Young Adult genre and based on the following prompt:
What if tomorrow didn’t happen?
What if today never ended?
What if you were 18, about to start your life and everything you’d ever hoped to be, to do, to experience …
could never be yours?
If you sat in a chair, that’s where you’d be …
If you were driving down the road, that’s where you’d be …
If you were in surgery
or jumping off a cliff
or flying …
that’s where you’d be … forever.
In this YA anthology, give us the twist, surprise us with the most amazing answer to restart time.
Tell us what happens as you feel the stop, as you feel the shift, as you realize, you know how to make everything go back to normal.
What would that normal be?
What would you do …
if you had the power to restart the world?
What genre does your book fall under? YA Urban Fantasy
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? An acrophobic teen must overcome her fear of heights after the roller coaster she’s on stops at the top of a three hundred foot drop, and everyone around her is frozen in time.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? I don’t have a clue. I haven’t really thought about it.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? If J. Taylor accepts it, it will be represented by the publisher.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? I’ve been working on this for a couple of weeks. I should have a finished draft soon.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Hmm, I don’t know. I haven’t read anything quite like this.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Amber Wade is shy and quiet. She also has a huge crush on Dean McCall, captain of the swim team, but then again, so do all the other girls at Newbury High. Never in a million years did she think Dean noticed her, much less ask her to ride the thrill coaster, Megastorm, on grad night at Granberry Park. Despite her extreme fear of heights, Amber climbs aboard the front row of the 310 foot coaster with her crush. What happens next is more terrifying than anything her mind imagined.
And now, for my nominations, in no particular order:
- The Next Big Thing (jessicaburdesblog.wordpress.com)
- The Next Blog Thing (christinalea.com)
10 thoughts on “The Next Big Thing – Part Deux”
That sounds really interesting! I actually love heights, but for some reason I am terrified of roller coasters. I’d love to read what she does! I wish you luck in the competition. Also, thanks for the nomination! I don’t plan to publish my WIP yet, but it sounds like a fun exercise. 🙂
Man –this post reads like a pitch. …a really good one! I bet you have success getting a decent amount of partials and fulls on this idea. I’m intrigued!
SOunds like a terrific short story! I’d definitely pick up an anthology that included it. 🙂
Ooo, sounds like a great story!! 🙂
Thanks. I think it could be better but that’s all I have at the moment. 🙂 I really need to work on my tagline skills.
That sounds like a really fun and interesting story. Best of luck in the competition.
I hope I get to read that, it sounds great 🙂 I’m also trying to write a story for that competition, we’ll see how that goes! 🙂 Good luck!
This sounds great! Really interesting.
Thanks for tagging me. I have done this and I’m not sure I work quite fast enough to do another one, but I may have an idea on turning it around a little. Bear with me 🙂
This story sounds great, Jenny! Best of luck 😉