I usually do the nerd round-up on Fridays, but the lovely Hali Baumstein tagged me for the Be Inspired Blogship Meme. (BTW, how does everyone pronounce that? Meem? May-may? Mee-mee? I don’t even know.) So today I am answering some questions about my WIP. I’m choosing my most-completed WIP for this as Big Ben is still in plotting stage, Super Secret Project with Brenda is super-secret, and I’m just kind of a fussing with a possible novella project.
1. What is the name of your book?
2. Where did the idea for the book come from?
It actually started from a poem – way, WAY back in the day. A few lines from Yeats’ “The Second Coming”:
somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of indignant desert birds.
Man, you don’t even know how much it hurt my brain to reach back that far. PD has evolved so much since then. But I remember reading that poem in an American lit class in college and really liking the idea of this ancient mythical giant waking up. There were kids, in this germ of an idea, and archways and sphinxes. Magic clashing with real-life. That last bit is still very applicable.
3. In what genre would you classify your book?
Urban fantasy, I guess? Except it’s set in a small town in the Midwest, so more like contemporary fantasy? Fantastical shit in our world, basically. And high school.
4. If you had to pick actors to play your characters in a movie rendition, who would you choose?
I’m never very good at this one. I think I managed to find one for my main character, Angela, and that’s Chloe Moretz. Which, bonus, she’s a teenager! Hurray!
The Man and I started watching Teen Wolf recently, and now that I think about it, Tyler Posey would be a good actor for Zee. He’s at his best when he plays it low-key and sweet, which is exactly what Zee is.
A little help from Latina magazine led me to Seychelle Gabriel, who might work well as Zee’s sister Izzy. I’ve only (apparently) seen her in that horrible live-action version of Avatar: The Last Airbender, but I refuse to judge her acting abilities based on that. Everyone was terrible in that horrific trainwreck.
As for the last principal, Wy…that one’s tougher. For one thing, he’s blue. Like, all over, dark, dusky blue. And he’s got wings and a tail, and I did a search but I really can’t find anyone right off the bat who would fit. Honestly, it would probably work best if an actor with black or Middle Eastern heritage were cast in the role.
5. Give us a one-sentence synopsis of your book.
A virus leaves Angela, Zee and Izzy riddled with dangerous magic and the targets of shapeshifters, with only a mysterious winged boy and his uber-sneaky agenda to help them.
6. Is your book already published?
No – right now it’s in revisions. I’ve had The Man read through it and help me figure out ways to break it so I can put it back together even stronger.
7. How long did it take you to write your book?
Oy ve… Forever? I started this book in 2004 when I was about a senior in college, and it was a very, very different kind of book them. More MG than anything. The characters were 12- and 13-year-olds, and there was a lot of stuff about sphinxes and giant puzzles and a professor. And I got about three or four chapters into that before I realized it wasn’t quite working. I cut out the professor and a great many of the more ill-conceived fantastical elements, and I started from the beginning. Then I queried and got nowhere. Then I ripped it up, rewrote it, and queried again and landed an agent. But no editors wanted it, and my agency shut down. I rewrote it again, graduating it up, making it older and darker. And now I’m revising it to make it darker still.
8. What other books within your genre would you compare it to? Or, readers of which books would enjoy yours?
In the fact that it’s urban fantasy and it mixes action with snappy (and often sarcastic) dialogue, I think it could be kind of similar to Cassandra Clare’s series. There isn’t much romance, though, and I don’t pretend that PD will gain anything near that fame if it’s ever published. It’s very much influenced by Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
9. Which authors inspired you to write this book?
Joss Whedon. In the last few years, Libba Bray, although my prose isn’t nearly as pretty.
10. Tell us anything that might pique our interest in your book.
Here’s where I sell it, huh? Erm… It has boys and battle axes, watery graves, mindfucks, shady motivations, and bad guys who could be posing as your best friend. It’s about families and friendships being stronger than magic or weapons – although those last two are a bit more handy in a fight…
11. Tag five people!
I thought about this. Truth is, I kind of want to tag everyone I know because they’ve all got great stories to tell about their stories. And then I also don’t want to tag anyone because some people love these things and some people just hate them, and I’m not really sure who is who on that.
SO: Wanna do this meme? Do it! I’ve tagged you. Wanna just go, “huh, I’d rather her rant about her nerd stuff…,” then feel free to tell me in the comments!