I was recently tagged by the fantabulous Natalie Zaman to take part in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop, something I’m feeling super warm and fuzzy about. The NBT Blog Hop is an opportunity for me to talk about my Work in Progress, which is kind of cool, because usually my blog is devoted to music—others people’s.
But before we go any further, please stop by Natalie’s blog and check out her WIPS—yes, she’s got two! I’m especially excited about WYVERNGIRL.
What is the working title of your book?
THE DEEPENING, book 2 of Sirenstories. Book 1, SHINING SEA, is in the hands of several wonderful agents (YES, RIGHT NOW—EEEK!) so I have high hopes that I’ll find my match as far as representation goes very soon and my Sirens will have a better shot at making their way out into the world. Huh? What’s a Siren?
Si•ren|ˈsīrən| noun|ORIGIN Middle English (denoting a type of snake): from Old French sirene, from Latin Sirena, from Greek Seirēn. The enormous wings of the Siren can burst from the backs of their seemingly human bodies in a heartbeat and allow them to take to the sky. Their ability to breathe underwater permits them to be equally at home in the sea. The seductive Song of the Siren casts a spell so strong no man or woman, and certainly no teenager, can ever resist it.
There’s something even creepier I ought to tell you about Sirens—but you know how these things go. If I told you, I’d have to kill you.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
After I finished writing book 1 of Sirenstories, I realized that although the book was complete, the main character’s story was just beginning.
What genre does your book fall under?
THE DEEPENING explores magical realism and dark fantasy against the backdrop of a wholly contemporary YA sensibility.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Whoa—haven’t thought about that . . . but nearly all the characters in THE DEEPENING are musicians and I listen to music when I write, so there are certain voices that I think of when I think of my characters, and certain melodies. I have looong playlists for all three Sirenstories books. Pete Yorn, the music of Marcelo Zarvos, New Order, IAMX, The Nationals, The Appleseed Cast, Linkin Park, Adam Lambert, Mini Bar, The XX—oh man, I’d better stop, or I’ll have to list half the artists on this blog! Proofsound especially has provided great cinematic music to write to.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Girl loses boy, Girl forms a band, Girl gets Boy back. (Boy is a Siren, did I mention that?)
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Hope it will be represented! *drums fingers on table, taps foot*
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
A month. But that was the vomit draft so, it hardly counts. For me, most of the writing is in the revision, or rather, Re Vision.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Er—ah, hm . . . Book I has been described as an “Epic fantasy” and “A sweeping love story”, does that help?
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Maybe we should go for coffee? The short answer: I live surrounded by water and can see the oldest continually operating lighthouse in the country from my office window. (The main character lives in a lighthouse, surprised?) I’ve had lots of dreams where I can breathe underwater, I’m a singer, and a few years ago I dreamed of an owl with a woman’s face—that’s got to be symbolic, right? Because none of the characters are even remotely owl like.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s a love triangle and the guys are super hot—
At its core, THE DEEPENING is an artist’s story. It’s about a teenage girl becoming a singer and a songwriter and a performer, despite the Sirens who turn up everywhere and try to kill her boyfriend. But maybe that’s secondary to all the kissing.
And now, onto step two of the blog hop: my nominations!
Five wonderful writers who I hope will to participate in the NBT blog hop!
Special thanks to Natalie Dahlink Zaman for the love. And the cupcakes.
PS Are you guys wondering if David and Mindy are related? Because I am . . .