GUTGAA: Next Big Thing Award

Recently I was tagged for the Next Big Thing Award by the lovely Carrie-Anne, as part of all the GUTGAA fun. So sweet, right? Make sure to go check out her blog!


What is the working title of your book?


Where did the idea come from?

Seeing as I’m a teenage girl, I’ve had my fair share of unattainable crushes, and I wondered: what if you could get that dream guy, despite him being way out of your league? What if your entire life was like that? Like one long, perfect dream?

What genre does your book fall under?

This is sort of a tricky answer, since I’ve changed my genre classification like five times now. At the moment I think I’ve finally settled on YA speculative fiction, but that’s not a guarantee. There are elements of romance and thriller and mystery and contemporary and scifi, and it’s all thrown together into one big mushy mess that possibly falls under speculative. I think.

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

I’m not really sure… I’d honestly love to play my MC Lauren, even though I know that’s even more impossible than a movie ever getting made. I’d probably be good with anyone, ultimately. As far as Joshua, my guy lead, goes, I’m torn between Andrew Garfield and Josh Hutcherson. They’re both just so perfect. *swoon*

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Stuck in a dream version of her life, sixteen-year-old Lauren Brender must battle against her own subconscious in order to wake up from a coma (and yes, there are explosions).

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

Represented by an agency or bust.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Four and a half months—I wrote about 58,000 words in November for NaNoWriMo, another 10,000 over winter break, and then put it aside for a couple months until March, at which point I went on a writing spree for a few days and finished it out at 82,000 words. Seeing as most of that writing was done during classes, I’m pretty sure my teachers appreciated it when I was done.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

For creative writing class my junior year, I had to write a short story. At the time, I was going through this really bad I-like-him-but-he-just-wants-to-be-friends sort of ordeal, and I had the idea about having a dream life, which seemed like it’d be a good place to start for the assignment. However, I barely got a page in before I realized how impossible it would be to fit the entire plotline into a short story, so I decided to save it for my senior NaNoWriMo instead. So I guess that’s my inspiration? Not really sure. A lot of the subplot stuff throughout it was influenced by what was going on in my life when I began writing it in November 2011; writing about everything helped me work through my own issues.

What else about your book would pique the reader’s interests?

There’s romance and action and attractive guys, along with some deeper-meaning stuff like working through abandonment and grief.

A lot of people talk about writing the books they wanted to read—I wrote the book I didn’t want to read, but needed to. (I know. I’m so deep and philosophical-like.)


I’m tagging fellow GUTGAA participants:

Kira Brighton

Jadzia Brandli

Thanks for reading!


9 thoughts on “GUTGAA: Next Big Thing Award

    • I love that my GUTGAA stalking brought me here. Oh Ari. You are amazing.

      Anyway Julia, OBVIOUSLY I think you should enter too. 😉 Plus your book sounds awesome… so there’s that. And yes, deep and philosophical inspiration helps.


  1. Ha! Thanks for the tag, Julia! I already did this for Maybe Forever, but this time I’m gonna do it for my other book for fun. Thanks! By the way, I added an email sub bar. Didn’t know I could have that and a follow button. *mind blown*


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