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: