Nicky Wells [ ] Author of Sophie’s Turn [Part 1 of a 3 part trilogy], has invited me to take part in a blog event entitled THE NEXT BIG THING – a series of questions and answers about what’s happening next in my writing life. Here are the questions and my answers

What is the working title of your next book?

I Kissed a Ghost

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Just pure imagination

What genre does your book fall under?

YA Paranormal/Time Travel/First Kissed

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

What happens after a girl gives a boy her first kiss [on his cheek] just before she moves away to a house haunted by a young ghost her age, named George?

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

I don’t have the patience of waiting months to hear back from one publisher at a time and I want to avoid getting rejected, so I’m going the self-published route through CreateSpace [here in the US – it’s  owned by Amazon.]

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

Total time = approximately 300 hours

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

Since I haven’t read many books in the past several years and especially given the age group this novel is written for, I have no comparison to offer.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I’ve written numerous items for a community newspaper and I just wanted to see if I could something in fiction. It started out as a lark but soon took on a life of its’ own and I got hooked on trying to write an entire novel.

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

It’s the [double] surprise climax at the end.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Since all the characters in my book are young adults I can’t say, just audition for new stars.

And that’s my Next Big Thing. Here are the writers I’m tagging: rock on!

Micky Peluso –    Author – “And The Whippoorwill Sang”  — This is a wonderful, poignant, funny and tragic account of a family’s life.

 Laura McHale Holland   Author of “Reversible Skirt” [memoir of her youth] and “The Ice Cream Vendor’s Song” –  [collection of her flash fiction ] She continues to write wonderful flash fiction for her website.

 Linnea Huritz-Larsen Wonderful poetry that touches the heart.

 Sharla Shults  I just love the variety of topics she bring up in her blog.

The fifth spot… is open for YOU, if you want to take part. Don’t be shy, go on, I’d love to hear about your WIP!  Please respond by Sunday, November 25th So I can tag you to continue to carry the baton on Wednesday