The “Next Big Thing” Meme

What is the working title of your book?

The Novel-Thing, or Novel-Beast. Ok, the document says “The Girl in Question.”

Where did the idea come from for the book?

It started with a short story I wrote for a college creative writing course. It focused on three girls in a waiting room. One of those girls was Charlotte. Charlotte appeared a later in a short story I wrote for my thesis on the portrayal of madness in literature. The first short story was more successful. My thesis director mentioned in her notes something about writing a series of  “crazy Charlotte” stories.

So I did.

What genre does your book fall under?

I’m not really sure. I fancy myself a horror writer, so horror I’d hope. I’m not really big on genre because often I feel there are too many things to slate it in one category.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in the movie rendition?

Dear lord. Were it possibly, Jonathan would be a young Benedict Cumberbatch or some other nerdy-cute guy. Charlotte and Lizzie? I don’t know. I’ve actually discussed this before. Actually, it’d all be stop-motion animation.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Charlotte Grimly thought it was hard enough being schizophrenic; now she’s being accused of murder.

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

I’m hoping to find an agent once I’ve finished my manuscript and polished it up a little lot.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I got 3/4 done with it two years ago and then stopped. I didn’t like it and it didn’t feel right. I picked it up again in April 2012. So, six months in and still working.

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

Again with the comparing. I’m going to have to cop-out and scapegoat to Neil Gaiman for this one. I’m writing books I would like to read.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I wanted to write it. I think it’s fun. Charlotte inspired me. I like her and Elizabeth and the world they’re in. I like their story and I think it’s worth sharing.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

It’s a paranormal crime novel. That’s pretty cool, right? One main character is schizophrenic, one is going blind, people are dying left and right, and there may be a not-so mysterious buzzing package on someone’s kitchen table. Spoiler: contains bees.

I would tag someone, but I don’t know a lot of people. So tag yourselves and link me so I can see your responses!


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One response to “The “Next Big Thing” Meme

  1. Jessa

    I’m so excited that you’re expanding Charlotte’s story! Having been in said college creative writing course, I read the original short story and it was one of my favorites!

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