The Next Big Thing

next big thingThe Next Big Thing is a global blog tour that started in Australia to showcase authors and illustrators and their current work. Each author on the tour answers ten questions about his or her next book, then tags the next author. Rachel Eugster tracked down the origins and posted about it on her  suspended sentences blog.

I was tagged by Kate Jaimet, whose next big thing is Break Point, about a teenager who struggles to make his way in competitive tennis against a wealthy rival, while uncovering the mysterious vandals who seek to destroy his tennis club.

Here’s my next big thing:

1) What is the working title of your next book?
CUT OFF

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
I was a reporter on the web team covering an adventure race one weekend in ’99  – we were posting content using an old dial-up modem. The competition was fun to follow, but the behind-the-scenes stories fascinated me. Ideas and what-if’s from that experience have been running through my head ever since and they fit well into my girl in a fringe sport niche.

3) In what genre does your book fall?
Fiction / Teen or  New Adult / Contemporary / Sports
I’m still playing with the amount of romance. It’s definitely not a romance first, but there will be romantic elements. Now that “New Adult” is a thing, and my protagonist is 18 and out of high school, I may be stepping into new adult territory.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I’d go for unknowns. I always have trouble picturing an actor or actress in a new role.

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5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A teen manipulates social media to lie to her parents about going to college while she spends the tuition money chasing opportunities in the world of high-risk adventure sports.

6) Who is publishing your book?
Karen Avivi Enterprises

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I fast-drafted a rough outline in 3 weeks, but I wouldn’t call it a manuscript draft. I’m still working on the first draft.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Derby Girl/Whip It, Dairy Queen, Shredded

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My favorite adventure racer.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
The story explores risk-taking on a physical, emotional, and personal level.

Curious about more Next Big Things? I’m tagging (we actually ask for volunteers) Melanie Robertson-King. She’ll post her Next Big Thing on May 16th on her blog, Celtic Connections.

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