Monday, October 1, 2012

The Next Big Thing

Last week I was tagged by both Amy Sonnichsen (my Hacky Sack Club Partner-in-crime) and Stina Lindenblatt (one of my favorite bloggers) for the latest tag game going around: The Next Big Thing! Like Stina, I'm going to hold off on my WIP, but I will share about one of my labors of love: 

What is your working title of your book?

The Peanut Butter and Jelly Friendship

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Forever ago I wrote a terrible book about a girl whose best friend had to move. Terrible. It may or may not have come from personal experience. ;) So when I pulled it out and reexamined the plot, foreclosures were ravaging the US, and a new story was born.

What genre does your book fall under?

Contemporary Middle Grade.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I don't watch TV and I'm horribly behind on watching movies, so all the kid actors I once knew of are now grown up, so I don't know. Yeah, yeah, cop out answer, but honest!

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

When selling her appendix on e-bay doesn’t work, ten-year-old Annie Jenkins seeks other ways to save her best friend’s house from foreclosure.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Hopefully represented by an agency. ;)

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? May we see an intro?

If you count that horrible, awful version I mentioned above, I wrote the bulk of it in a month, though the first chapter had been written about 7 years prior to that.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I think it has similar themes to WHAT HAPPENED ON FOX STREET, but Annie is very much like RAMONA.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Egad. I'm a little embarrassed to admit (which I think you'd understand if you read the book), but much of what happens was inspired by my own childhood. However, the larger themes are very much influenced by the rocky economic situation the world is going through. I really wanted to explore how foreclosures were affecting the kids who are touched by them.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?

Well after that last answer, I better come up with something good before ya'll fall asleep on me. So let's just say that this book involves pirates and lost treasure, not to mention prune juice and turkey poop. What's not to love?! ;)

And I am tagging (no pressure tags here):

Melissa Sarno
Old Kitty
Theresa Milstein
Vicki Rocho
Lenny Lee

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Rules of The Next Big Thing:

*Use this format for your post
*Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress)
*Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.

Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:

What is your working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? May we see an intro?
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?

Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged. Be sure to line up your five people in advance.

20 comments:

Beth said...

You wrote most of the first draft in a month? Wow - I'm impressed. That was one busy month! Your story sounds like fun, and I hope to see it in my local bookstore someday!

Theresa Milstein said...

I like both the title and and subject of your middle grade. I moved when I was 9, which was traumatic. A book like this would've helped me.

Thanks for tagging me. Since I'm doing a blog tour, I'll be answering a lot of these questions.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

LOL I didn't contact my individuals in advance (as you know). I figured if they didn't want to do it, they didn't have to. :D

I remember the beginning of the book from AICYP last year. I love the premise.

Old Kitty said...

Aren't you just adorable!!!

Love the blurb AND title of your wip!!! Good luck and yay for being tagged and for tagging me too! Take care
x

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Prune juice and turkey poop? Where do I get a copy? :)

LTM said...

Hey! I'm doing the same thing on my blog today! But my questions were slightly different... how odd. I didn't get the list, though. :D

I LURV the sound of the PB&J Friendship as you know. Can't wait to see it on the shelves! :o) <3

Caryn Caldwell said...

Wow! your book sounds wonderful! And it's something almost everyone can relate to, either because they moved away or they had friends move away. Really, has anyone NOT had that happen to them? And I LOVE that she tries to sell her appendix on eBay. Hilarious!

I hope you do find agency representation and end up selling it.

Jemi Fraser said...

What's not to love for sure!!! Sounds like an awesome story! :)

Dawn Simon said...

Your book souns great, Janet! Really wonderful! I hope you find respresentation very soon!

Dawn Simon said...

Oops! I meant "sounds." I hate when that happens...

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Susanne Drazic said...

Sounds like an interesting book.

Prune juice and turkey poop??

Carolyn V said...

I love the title of your book! Sounds awesome!

Amy L. Sonnichsen said...

This sounds wonderful, Janet!

And please let me know when I need to post my video.... ;)

nutschell said...

1st draft in a month! Reminds me of nano. That is awesome:) loved learning more about you and your WIP.
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Romance Book Haven said...

I love the title and the blurb of your book. Was lovely reading about your processes.

Nas

Melissa Sarno said...

Girl, you and your books ARE the next big thing. Love this book -- so relevant and the one sentence synopsis is fantastic. Thank you for tagging me m'dear :)

Marcia said...

I can really relate to your answer to the movie actor question. I would have no idea either, for the same reasons!

Kelly Polark said...

Very relevant story for today's world. We've had two houses down the street go under, and it's so hard for the kids to understand why they have to move.

Missed Periods said...

The premise is so sweet. Where does the PBJ come in?

Christina Farley said...

This is so cute. I love it.