Wordy Wednesday (“Next Big Thing Award”)

Okay, so technically this week’s Wordy Wednesday should be a new chapter of Cadence, but because it’s also the first Wednesday of NaNoWriMo and I’m still holding to my one-post-a-week rule for this semester (no gracias, mi clase de Espanol–no gracias), I figured we’d have a special WW this week. Hence the following survey.

Recently, I was tagged for the Next Big Thing Award by the fabulous Patrice over at Whimsically Yours. You should definitely check out her blog because she’s super sweet, and although I just completed this survey back in September as a part of Gearing Up to Get an Agent, I thought it would be fun to do it again for the novel I’m currently writing for NaNoWriMo!

Which is, you know, also the novel I worked on for Camp NaNoWriMo in both June and August. And I’ve been writing since then. And I went into NaNoWriMo last week with more than 30,000 words of already written. But whatever.

So anyway, before I break the NaNo rules any further–let’s get down to business (to defeat the Huns)…

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What is the working title of your work-in-progress?

Cadence

What is the genre?

YA Speculative

Where did the idea come from?

Cadence was born from a whole bunch of different plot ideas I’ve had over the past few years that didn’t work on their own, so I finally just combined all of them this summer for Camp NaNoWriMo in June, and boom: I got something that might actually work. If you feel like taking the time to read a whole bunch of my writing from high school, you can find snippets of pre-Cadence Cadence-ness all throughout my Figment profile.

What actors would you choose to play your characters in a film version?

Um, let’s see. Seeing as someone making a movie of Cadence is about as likely as, like, someone publishing it and it becoming a mega bestseller in the first place… let’s go with anyone who is talented and willing to do it.

Ultimately, though, I’d prefer for unknowns to be cast in the movie, so people wouldn’t have any preconceived notions about who they were as actors (as, for instance, I’m biased against Shailene Woodley playing Tris in the Divergent movie, despite the fact that she’ll probably do great, simply because I’ve never managed to sit through more than five minutes of an episode of The Secret Life of the American Teenager).

Write a one-paragraph summary:

(I’m cheating and doing three paragraphs here, but they’re short, so… I’m sorry, whoever invented the NBT Award?)

When sixteen-year-old Olivia Pointe walked away from the Society for the Greater Good, she wasn’t planning on returning. So imagine her surprise when, six months later, her old best friend Caden chases her down at school and literally drags her back to the world of deception and heartbreak she thought she had left behind after her other best friend Ashlyn’s death forced her away.

Before she left, Olivia had been the best assassin the Society for the Greater Good ever had, and now that she’s back nobody can understand why she wanted to give it all up in the first place. Or how she got away with running for so long. But now that she’s stuck behind the doors of the SGG again, right where they want her, Olivia must learn to help the people she hates, uncover the truth behind the ultimatum they’ve given her between freedom and getting killed, and confront how she herself might have contributed to Ashlyn’s death.

Because the problem with someone saying you’re the best in a life of lies is, eventually, you’ll learn the truth: There is always someone better. And usually they’ve got a gun pointed at your head to prove it.

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

Agency or bust. I’ve been querying stuff out for going on three years now, and I’m not planning on stopping anytime soon. (You know, that is unless I actually finally manage to procure an agent. Which is almost as impossible as this book becoming a mega bestseller is almost as impossible as it becoming a movie someday and yeah.)

How long did the first draft take to write?

Currently writing it! But so far I’ve been working on it for about five months. I’m hoping to finish it before the end of the year.

What other books would you compare this to, in your genre?

The way I see it, Cadence is very much like a modern-day dystopian, in that even though it takes place in a contemporary setting, the plot has more to do with dealing with a corrupt government (which, in this case, just happens to be an underground society instead of like the United States). So, because of that, my comp titles are mainly dystopians. Think Divergent by Veronica Roth, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, and just a little bit of the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter (because I love me some Gallagher Girls).

What else about this story might pique the readers’ interest?

There’s action. And mystery. And action. And friendship. And action. And romance. And did I mention action? Porque, me gusta action.

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Thanks for reading this week’s mildly scatter-brained and unique Wordy Wednesday, and make sure to vote for what next week’s will be, as I’ll definitely be using the winning poll option, this time! (Oh, and speaking of voting–how’d it go yesterday? Everybody 18 and older get their vote on? You better have, or it’s your fault when the country falls apart by this time next year because the wrong candidate won. Yup. Shame on you.)

Talk to you next week!

 

~Julia

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!

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What is the working title of your book?

Dreamcatcher

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 but Kristen Stewart, 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.)

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I’m tagging fellow GUTGAA participants:

Kira Budge

Jadzia Brandli

Thanks for reading!

~Julia