Monday, October 29, 2012

The Next Big Thing Tag

Someone's Halloween decorations. I thought it was appropriate for this post!

NaNo Prep: The Next Big Thing. Todd Moody tagged me for this. He's one of my critique partners. No, I'm not doing NaNo, but thought I'd play along anyway.
 
As NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month—write a 50K word novel during November) is all about writing “the next big thing,” I currently don't have a "next big thing" since I just finished my last "big thing." So what to do, what to do??? Maybe I'll just talk about my last big thing, then. Sound good?

Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:

What is your working title of your book?
ALIEN DESIRES. It's supposed to be a play on words. Not sure if it works or not, but it's what I have for now.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
My husband said I should write a book about an alien. Since I write paranormal, and I already had three books with vampires and one book with a ghost, I thought – why not? But while he came up with the alien theme, the story is all mine (and nothing like the alien he envisioned, I'm sure).

What genre does your book fall under?
Paranormal romance, what else? Just because it has an alien doesn't make it science fiction. There is no techno-babble in this book.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I was going to say I have no idea, until I watched Fox's NFL Pregame Show on Sunday. He's too old now (my alien is 29), but a young Howie Long (and I looked up some older pictures of him) would be REAL close to my alien character! Longer hair and indigo eyes (oh, and he'd have to be 6'7"), and there you go! Do you know a young actor that can pull that off? As for the other characters, I haven't stumbled across anyone, yet.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When an alien comes to Earth on a mission to find a new home planet, his neurotransmitter is accidentally destroyed and he discovers love and sexual desire for the first time.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
My goal is to find an agent and get published the traditional route. I'm hoping the project before this one gets me there, but if not, that's what this book is for. Of course, if no one's interested, I will then search for a small press. If that bombs, then there's self-publication. This is the route I went through with my vampire books (currently on the small press portion of my mission) and the route I will go through with my ghost book. I'm nothing if not consistent, huh?

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Six months (almost to the day). Not the quickest I've ever written, but not the longest either.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Maybe a little bit of Starman? I liked the innocence of the character in that, and I kind of based my alien on that. Other than that, I have NO CLUE! I haven't read too many alien romance books. You got any suggestions?

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
This is my fifth book. The last book inspired me to write this book and this book inspires me to write the next. I have to write. It's in my blood.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I've got romance, some humor, and some suspense (I hope). I turned a beta male who never had sex (yes, a virgin) into what I hope is an alpha character (or close to one). Writing about a character who is seeing Earth for the first time (based upon data his people obtained from an 1830 visit) and experiencing stronger emotions (i.e. going through a sort of delayed puberty) was difficult, but fun.

Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged.
I already told you about Todd. Here are the five I've tagged. I'm curious to see what their projects are all about (whether or not they're doing the NaNo thing).

LD Masterson
Jennette Marie Powell
B.E. Sanderson – The Writing Spectacle
Erin Kane Spock – Hold On To Your Bloomers


Rules for The Next Big Thing Blog Hop:

***Use this format for your post
***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress)
***Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.

Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:
What is your working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged.

17 comments:

Todd R. Moody said...

Your story sounds very interesting! I look forward to reading it. You should give Nano a try, even if you stop part way through. I have found it to be a worthwhile effort, even in failure.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Thanks, Todd. Maybe one day I'll try NaNo. Or I'll try and do it on my own (ha ha!). November is always a bad month for me. January makes so much more sense! Holidays are over and no one minds staying inside all day!

Samantha MacDouglas said...

Stacy,

Your book sounds really interesting! Congratulations on finishing the first draft! I love the idea of Howie Long as an alien fish out of water. Yummy!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Samantha - Yeah, Howie Long never occurred to me until yesterday. Maybe he has a son... :)

Todd R. Moody said...

He has 2 sons, both play football. Chris happens to be an NFL player, St Louis Rams, and Kyle is playing for Oregan.

Stacy McKitrick said...

I love the St. Louis Rams! How did I not know this? I'll have to check them out. Thanks, Todd!

James Garcia Jr. said...

Hi, Stacy. This questionaire is really making the rounds, isn't it? I did it a couple of months ago, I believe. Who can rememeber? Lol!
Thanks for the blog visit this morning. Yes, I am planning on working on softcovers next, hopefully beginning that process in the next few days or so. I've already been discussing the subject with the CreateSpace folks over at Amazon.
Have a great week and much success with the WIP.

-Jimmy

Jennette Marie Powell said...

Alien Desires sounds great! I love alien stories. It sounds a bit like Susan Grant or Linnea Sinclair - you should check out their books.

Thanks for the tag! Something easy to post about during NaNoWriMo - yep, I'm getting into the craziness this year! Usually I'm in the midst of revisions when November rolls around, but this year I'm ready to work on something new.

Amber said...
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Amber Belldene said...

Stacy- thanks for tagging me in this and congrats on your draft.

I love the idea of an innocent alien. Have you hear me mention how much I love The Trial of Tompa Lee, by Ed Hoornaert, who co-leads the mud puddle crit group with me? It has a great alien who is charmingly innocent and prone to mistranslation.

I am doing NaNo this year, and I am anxious to begin writing. I've done the most planning I've ever done before. Don't know if it will be the next big thing, but....I can hope!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Thanks, Jimmy! I remember your blog about this tag. I look forward to seeing the paper version of your book. Glad you could stop by.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jennette - I'll check out those authors. Thanks! I hope you do well on NaNo.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Amber - Good luck with your NaNo project. I look forward to hearing all about it!

Michael Seese said...

Though this might cloud the issue, have you ever heard of the movie "Earth Girls Are Easy." It stars Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum + Jim Carrey and Damon Wayans. And it's hilarious! Absolutely worth a watch.

And, good luck.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Michael - It's funny you should mention that movie (and I have seen bits of of), because I needed a hokey movie to feature in my book, but one with sex (and that didn't have it). I went with "Beach Babes from Beyond" instead! It became one of my most interesting research projects.

Erin Kane Spock said...

Hard to evolve a beta into an alpha. I did do the virgin though. It was hard to write him sexy.
Thanks for the tag.
As per your suggestion, I added a bio/contact page. :)

Stacy McKitrick said...

Erin - Yeah, I had a little problem with the sexy part, too, and I'm hoping I pulled it off. I'll know later when I get people to read it!