Archive | December, 2012

The Next Big Thing: Earth to Earth…

8 Dec
I found this on the lovely Jessa Russo’s blog and thought it was a lot of fun. P.S. Go check out her novel Ever!
 Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:
What is your working title of your book?
Earth to Earth… It took me a really long time to figure this one out. Titles have never been my strong suit and especially dealing with a planned trilogy, I wanted something that not only matched the individual books, but also the series as a cohesive whole as well.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
The original idea for this book was born in my college screenwriting class and I actually wrote an entire script for a movie. Then I scrapped 95% of the plot and completely redid it (Thank goodness, first drafts of any story are never pretty). I was always a fan of taking something completely impossible and throwing it into a seemingly possible, normal world.
What genre does your book fall under?
New adult paranormal, mystery, romance.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
That’s hard for me, because although I do definitely have ideas, I struggle with revealing them because I would never want to necessarily impose on any reader’s visions. But for Ash, I definitely picture someone like Alex Pettyfer. Hailey was a younger Amanda Seyfried. Bess is and always will be Jennifer Lawrence. Darcy is a little hard because she is such an otherworldly being to me, but I picture someone with very pale with very dark hair and dark eyes, possibly a Megan Fox type looking woman.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
This is hard! It was hard enough to put something into a query and be happy with it, I doubt I’ll ever be content with a one sentence synopsis.
Reeling from the death of her boyfriend, Ash, twenty-something Hailey moves to a new town and is suprised to see him walking down the sidewalk, living and breathing as if nothing had ever happened.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
This is up in the air right now. I’d tried my luck querying  A LOT of agents and dealt with A LOT of rejections. I became fascinated by smaller indie publishers and am trying out a few of those now. I tend to be very picky with publishers (which is ridiculous considering I’m trying to get them to take a chance on me), and I have to have a good feeling about a publisher before I’ll even consider them. But I’ve also been getting more and more excited at the possibility of self-publishing and it’s something I’m looking into if nothing else pans out.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I started writing it while I was in a semester long class, so technically the 1st draft of my script was done in about 2-3 months. The first draft/converting it to a novel took several months, as I was still in school.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I think this book is pretty different from a lot of the books within the genre, especially since new adult is a fairly emerging genre itself. I didn’t want to do anything that was the typical boy meets girl story, so I put in a twist and made them have a past that was seemingly destroyed by his death. It adds a whole new element.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My readers that have been with me for years have always been so supportive and I don’t think I could have ever reached this point without their encouragement and sometimes their criticism. Also, my wonderful friends who read my stuff for me, LiLeahe and Amber.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Ash is a very interesting character to me. Besides that fact that he’s charming, sarcastic and handsome, he loves so, so fiercely, beyond what Hailey could ever imagine. It’s hard for her to understand until the end of Ashes to Ashes… when it changes her life so drastically that it’s impossible to not understand it. His loyalty, even when it completely tears him apart, is endearing and I think that is something unique that he captures perfectly.
Do you have any questions about Ashes to Ashes…? Post them in the comments below!