THE NEXT BIG THING is a chain of book and author recommendations. Each author answers some questions about their work, then recommends other authors…
1. What is the working title of your next book?
The Chronicles of Anaedor: The Lost Ones. It’s book three in a series of four books. Books One (The Prophecies) and Two (The Return to Anaedor) have already been published. If they weren’t, I’d be annoyed if I were you.
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
I was living in the city at the time, which was not my favorite place, being that I’m a country girl at heart, but it had this wonderful park full of ravines and streams that totally saved me. One day I was walking through the park, contemplating life, when I imagined that a creature was peeping out from beneath a rock, watching me pass by. Kind of creepy, I suppose, but it jump-started my idea of the hidden, underground world of Anaedor.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
That’s an easy one. It’s YA fantasy.
4. What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Anyone really cute so maybe I’d get to meet them. I think any of the actors from The Lord of the Rings movies could work, especially Viggo Mortensen. I’d put him in the part of Frio, Amoral Hunter, and resident hottie. Though Viggo would have to go blond.
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
In Book Three, 16-year-old Lavida Mors, prophesied savior of Anaedor, has to cope with mischievous Lost Ones, a ruthless Hunter determined to use her powers for his own benefit, and a ravenous, giant squid.
6. Will your book be self-published, or represented by an agency?
I am going through Hive Collective, a publishing company that works with authors to publish their works.
7. How long did it take to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Maybe 8 months? It’s been about 8 years since I wrote it, so I’m not exactly sure.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
If I were savvy, I’d say the Harry Potter series, The Chronicles of Narnia series, and The Hunger Games. But really, my books are only like the first two. Its only resemblance to The Hunger Games is that the characters in the books often get hungry.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Staying home to raise three boys inspired me. If I didn’t have writing to keep me sane, I would have lost my mind long ago.
10. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interests?
It’s full of magic and mystery and adventure. There’s some romance, but it’s not too gooey for the boys. You’ll find weaponry and intrigue, strange, mythical creatures, and a battle with a giant squid. The book starts out with homicidal Pixies bent on taking out Lavida. She uses a spatula to fight them off, then locks them up. Unfortunately, they escape. That’s when the fun begins!
After buying all my books, you might want to check out these other great authors:
1. Paul Byers Paul writes adventure books full of non-stop action. He sums up his latest book, Arctic Fire, with the following words, “A world running out of natural resources… A madman’s lust for power… A plan to level an American city with thousands dead… A new World Order rising… An ordinary man’s struggle to stop it, if he can only survive long enough!”
2. Dorine White Dorine writes middle grade fantasy and has her first book, The Emerald Ring, coming out in May. Here’s a synopsis: Twelve-year-old Sara Guadalupe Bogus’s ordinary life turns upside down when she discovers an emerald ring once belonging to Cleopatra. Soon after trying it on, strange things start happening to Sara. She has troubling visions, can understand animals, and can transform herself into an Egyptian cat. All that seems pretty awesome until a strange man shows up in town. He’s hunting for the emerald ring, and will not stop until he gets it.
3. Stephanie O’Brien Stephanie, author of My Fugitive: A Wartime Suspense Novel, gives us this glimpse into her book: “She didn’t want to get involved in the war. The soldiers and rebels were none of her concern, except for when their firefights threatened her and the people she cared about. But when an earthquake struck her seaside town, leaving a prisoner trapped among the wreckage, she couldn’t leave him to die. Even if saving him meant risking everything.”
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