Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Next Big Thing!

It's my anniversary today!!! A happy 15 years to the love of my life! Wow, look how young we were. Babies, I tell you.

Two of my CP's have some epic giveaways going on right now. Go and check them out:

Robin's 100 Follower giveaway
Taryn's Epic Guilt giveaway

I've been tagged by Taryn in The Next Big Thing blog game interview thingy where you answer questions about your WIP or a new piece you'd love to become the next big thing! I'm gonna go with my baby, the book that landed me an agent since that's all I seem to be working on these days.

1-What is the title of your book?


2-Where did the idea come from for the book?

I've managed to avoid this question thus far on my blog (because it's somewhat controversial) but I will finally divulge today. I saw this news clip (you might need to watch a short commercial first). And it just wouldn't leave me. Whew, there. That wasn't so bad.

3-What genre does your book fall under?

YA science fiction

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

I know my MC for sure. It would be Saoirse Ronan. 

I'm not familiar enough with young actors but know my supporting cast would have to consist of one blue-eyed, hot, fair-skinned guy that could pull off bald, and a brown-skinned teen boy and girl of ethnic ambiguity, also good looking. I know, my racial sensitivity astounds even myself. :)

5-What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

In a time when people choose their genders, sixteen-year-old Nine can't wait to ditch her weak girl body for a braver male one, but a crash en route to her Remake teaches her girls kick ass too.

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

I am represented by Jennifer Skutelsky of Veritas Literary.

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

Less than four weeks. I lived and breathed this thing like it was nobody's business. Here's the opening:

Male or female?
My finger hesitates over the touch screen. How can I decide which to be for the rest of my life? It’s so…permanent.
Theron puts his hand on the small of my back in encouragement. I glance at his blue eyes beneath long lashes. They’re longer than the hair on his head. I smile, knowing what little there is will be shaved off in a few minutes.
               He returns my smile and rubs my own shaved head. Our lack of hair keeps those in our Batch equal--both the boys like Theron and the girls like me. Except the stubble that grows from my head is red, while everyone else's is dark brown. The Maker that designed me must've had a sick sense of humor.

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

Origin by Jessica Khoury. Thanks to some CP hook-ups, I got to read it as an arc and used it as a comparable in my queries. It was released earlier this month, and I still think it's the closest book I know to Remake. Here's a trailer if you haven't heard of it. Excellent book!

9-Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I think the core of this book is about family. So obviously, my own family inspired it. Wha??? A story about a girl wanting to be a boy is about family? Um, yes it is. You'll have to read it to find out why. Ha!

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

Ooh, what to give away? I'll just say someone has to give someone else the lowdown on the birds and the bees. Oh, to be a fly on the wall during that whole conversation. Hehe.

I'm gonna tag the last 5 people to leave a comment on my blog:

J.A. Bennett
Rachel McClellan
Kelley Lynn
Amy L. Sonnichsen
David P. King

To participate, just answer these ten questions on your own blog and tag 5 more. Be sure to let me know if you decide to play. Thanks!


Tonja Drecker said...

Happy Anniversary! You two look lovely :)

C.S.H said...

What a beautiful happy couple! Happy Anniversary as you look back on all the years you've been together and think of all you've accomplished together since. The stars are the limit! I wish you tremendous success on you upcoming book!!

Suzi said...

Happy Anniversary.

I think your novel sounds so cool. I look forward to reading it someday.

Angela Cothran said...

How cute are you too :) Hawaii? I just had my 14th Anniversary too. Doesn't it feel like the blink of an eye?

Kelley Lynn said...

Since the moment I heard about this book I've been so super excited for you! Ah! So, so good.

Thanks for the tag!

Unknown said...

Your book sounds awesome. I bet it will do really well!

Happy Anniversary!

Thanks for tagging me. I will post my answers next Friday.

Robin said...

Happy Anniversary! So fun to see your wedding picture:)

And Remake-great read-can't wait to hold it in my hands!

Jennie Bennett said...

Wow, what an amazing idea! That video isn't going to leave me either. So powerful. Thanks for the tag! I actually don't pass on any tags (I know, I'm a scrooge) but I do appreciate you thinking of me! :)

ilima said...

T. Drecker-Thank you!

Crystal-It's been amazing. Thanks so much.

Suzi-Yay. Me too! :)

Angie-Yes, Hawaii. Maybe two blinks. ;0)

Kelley-Aww, thanks.

Rachel-Cool, thanks for playing.

Robin-That'll be so fun to see our books in print, right?

J.A.-I know, right? And no problem, these things usually get around to everyone eventually :).

Tobi Summers said...

Happy anniversary! And wow, your book sounds awesome. I'm looking forward to reading it.

Jess said...

Great interview and an intriguing book premise~ love those first lines! Happy Anniversary :)

Suzanne Furness said...

Aww Happy Anniversary to you both Have a lovely day.

Cassie Mae said...

Happy Anniversary!

And I can't wait to read this book! Ever since I saw your pitch on twitter I was like... dude, that sounds awesome. :)

Michelle D. Argyle said...

Happy anniversary!!!!! I loved reading your answers here. I can't wait to read your book!

ilima said...

Tobi-Thanks so much!

Jess-Thank you!

Suzanne-You too!

Cassie-Can't wait to read yours too, babe. :)

Michelle-And I didn't have to wait to read yours. Ha! Thanks girlie.

Celesta said...

I'm so excited about your representation and the progress with Remake! Congratulations and Happy Anniversary. Love the picture, by the way!

ilima said...

Emily-Why yes, they do. I think you're living proof. :)

Celesta-Thanks so much! How are things with Painting Totora?

jaybird said...

Happy Anniversary! You two are adorable (and yes, you do look like babies) How fast the time goes, right?

You know I'm super stoked about Remake!! Love the concept, premise, and overall writing in general. I am already a huge FAN. When you do a book signing in NJ I am going to come stalk you, big time :)

jaybird said...

Happy Anniversary! You two are adorable (and yes, you do look like babies) How fast the time goes, right?

You know I'm super stoked about Remake!! Love the concept, premise, and overall writing in general. I am already a huge FAN. When you do a book signing in NJ I am going to come stalk you, big time :)

David P. King said...

That's a whole lot of awesome. Happy Anniversary, you two! And thanks for the tag. This will make Monday's post easy. :)

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

Happy belated anniversary! I love your wedding picture. And thanks for the tag, too!

Your book sounds fascinating! Best of luck on submission. I can see why that news story really stuck with you. Wow.

Kathryn Purdie said...

Happy, happy anniversary! You look like a Hawaiian princess in your wedding pic. :-) REMAKE is such an awesome book! It's so fun to read all the answers to these questions and revel in your story and its inspiration all over again. Have fun at the Killers concert this weekend!

ilima said...

Jaybird-Too fast. Book signing in NJ, how cool would that be? :)

David-Thanks. And I can't wait to read your Monday post. Thanks for playing.

Amy-Crazy, huh? Loved your next big thing post, by the way. Thanks for playing.

Katie-I wish it was this weekend. It's not for another 2 months. *too long to wait*

Livia Peterson said...

Gorgeous wedding picture! You look radiant. Great post! :)

Nicole said...

Happy anniversary! And really intriguing answers for the rest of the post.

Mandi said...

Happy Anniversary!!! I love your dress! I wish more women chose dresses with sleeves! They're much more classy!

Anyway, I'm a new follower, just saying, "Hi!" I'm in hot pursuit of fellow YA Writers and bloggers! I hope you check my blog as well!

I hope to read your next post soon! :)


ilima said...

Livia-Thanks so much.

Nicole-Thanks for stopping by.

Mandi-Great to meet you. HI!

Beth said...

I picked up this at David's!! A great idea. I followed along with you in my blog. :D

Your book sounds awesome. I'd love to read it...someday.