I've looked at tons of writer's blogs. I've never wanted to directly copy something so much as this post from Candice Lemon-Scott's blog post The Next Big Thing.
After reading it, though, I realized the format of question and answer was perfect. So, giving credit where credit is due, here is my answer to the same questions.
1) WHAT IS THE WORKING TITLE OF YOUR NEXT BOOK?
2) WHERE DID THE IDEA COME FROM FOR THE BOOK?
The movie Wrong Turn.
It's your movie about college kids trying to escape cannibalistic hill people. I only watched it for Eliza Dushku (love her!)There's a scene in that movie where the "good guys" are hiding in the home of the crazy killers. They wait until the crazy people are sleeping and then they leave.
I went nuts. I started screaming at the TV. Why would you do that? You've just seen them kill one of your friends and you're just going to walk out? You know they're going to track you down. Why wouldn't you kill them in their sleep?
And that's how Josh Wilkinson was born. I stared writing a horror novel about a college kid that was smart and fought back. Then I had to think why would he fight back. I wrote the first draft. without any outline. I didn't realize what I really wanted the book to be about until I finished the first draft. In the first draft, I end with the Council of Peacocks winning and the character Wisdom using magic to travel back through time. And that's where my second draft stared: Wisdom travelling back through time.
3) WHAT GENRE DOES YOUR BOOK FALL UNDER?
4) WHAT ACTORS WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO PLAY THE PART OF YOUR CHARACTERS IN A MOVIE RENDITION?
I did not write the story with any actors in mind. Having said that, I've come up with some suggestions for some of the characters
Josh Wilkinson - newest member of the Anomalies (Lucas Till)
Josh is the pretty boy no one suspects is dangerous. His father works for the Canadian Secret Service. He's been trained in martial arts. He makes the tough calls and will do whatever it takes to get his friends to safety.
Wisdom - immortal Atlantean posing as modern business man (Peter Mensah)
Whenever this man walks on screen I get nervous. As a child, Wisdom was kidnapped by a djinn while his Atlantean parents were visiting the Egyptian embassy. He spent millennia as a slave in their home dimension. Using magic he escaped. Over the last two thousand years on Earth, he has used his powers to gain riches. But it's not enough. When you are as old as Wisdom, you need a cause. He's made the training of the half-demon children (called Anomalies) and the destruction of the Council of Peacocks his cause.
Echo - love of Wisdom's life (Emilia Clarke)
Yowza. Echo is the strongest person Wisdom has ever known. She was born before the Roman empire. For centuries Wisdom tried to break her; he was never successful. In the end, she broke him. Wisdom does not realize how much she means to him until he loses her. Then, he tears time apart to save her.
Garnet - Head trainers of the young Anomalies
|Lyndsy Fornseca as Garnet|
Elaine - Wisdom's head of security (Lauren Holden)
|Lauren Holden as Elaine, head of security|
Propates - Leader of the Council of Peacocks (Gabriel Garko)
5) WHAT IS THE ONE-SENTENCE SYNOPSIS OF YOUR BOOK?
Half-demon teenagers with psionic powers fight to stop a secret organization of sorcerers from taking over the world and initiating the forced evolution of the human race.
6) WILL YOUR BOOK BE SELF-PUBLISHED OR REPRESENTED BY AN AGENCY?
Self-published. I've been sitting on Council of Peacocks for 5 years. I don't want to sit any more.
7) HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE THE FIRST DRAFT OF THE MANUSCRIPT?
8) WHAT OTHER BOOKS WOULD YOU COMPARE THIS STORY TO WITHIN YOUR GENRE?
I haven't found any. That's why I wrote this book. I wrote a book I wanted to read. Best reference I can give you: Think of Wisdom's Wolfram and Hart in the last season of Angel. They gather a group of the kids from X-Men: First Class to fight the Illuminati and their army of reptilians
9) WHO OR WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK?
10) WHAT ELSE ABOUT THE BOOK MIGHT PIQUE THE READER’S INTEREST?
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