It's time for another entry for the Insecure Writer's Support Group, hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh. You can view the other participants here.
The Next Big Thing meme has been going around the blogs, and it got me thinking, “Don’t we all wish our novel would be the ‘Next Big Thing’?” I admit that I do. I imagine my novels on the big screen or seeing them at Walmart. Having lines of people awaiting the sequel. Wouldn’t it be cool to be the next Stephen King or JK Rowling?
It never hurts to dream, although I think often the “Next Big Thing” comes with a healthy dose of luck with a dash of good storytelling.
And since I was tagged by Jamie BMusings, Hart Johnson, and LG Keltner, I’ve decided to answer the questions on the book that I would choose to be the “Next Big Thing.”
What is the working title of your book?
The Phoenix Prophetess
Where did the idea come from for the book?
A Harry Potter role-playing game. I had this character named Clarissa Black, who was a seer. The idea behind her being a seer involved her being dead at birth but the god Apollo looking favorably upon her and her father and bringing her back to life with the gift of prophecy. I basically kept the idea of Clarissa’s birth and re-birth and ran with it for Yssa in The Phoenix Prophetess.
What genre does your book fall under?
YA Epic Fantasy
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Personally, I would love for some unknowns to play the three main roles of Yssa, Liam, and Tym. I see Zendal as Simon Baker, and I think Charlize Theron with dark hair would play a spectacular Queen Amanra.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A seventeen-year-old prophetess, Yssa dares to change Fate to save the people she loves.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Nine months. I started on January 15, 2009 and finished the last chapter on September 15, 2009. It was my very first novel, so I took it slow and averaged a chapter a week.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’m not sure. I’m rewriting The Phoenix Prophetess in November for NaNoWriMo. Then, I plan to use January-March to get a final draft. I might try some publishers first, but I don’t mind the idea at all of self-pubbing it. At this time, I can’t really see querying agents for it.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Oh, I’m terrible comparing it to other books. I’ve been told the style is a bit like Tamora Pierce or Robin McKinley's novels.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Two people: my sister Kara and my critique partner Christine Rains. I sent them chapter by chapter to get their feedback. If they hadn’t kept pushing me, I don’t know if I ever would’ve finished it.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I do use some fantasy clichés in the book, so you’ll just have to deal with it, but The Phoenix Prophetess does have a complex plot. Nothing is quite what it seems to be. For people who like mythology, they would really enjoy The Phoenix Prophetess because I use various mythologies to create my world and characters. For example, the god Apenth is a combination of Apollo (Greek), Enki (Sumerian), and Thoth (Egyptian). And the world is like an alternate dimension of Ancient Rome.
Feel free to consider yourself tagged if you want.
Do you sometimes daydream that your book will be the “Next Big Thing”?