I was nominated for “The Next Big Thing” meme by Cassandra Giovanni, an author whom I highly respect. She has written a lot of YA books (and they’re on a Black Friday week sale)!
Now, this makes me a little nervous because it’s about my Work In Progress, which is currently my NaNoWriMo book. You all know I love this book, but my hands get shaky when I think about sharing it with the world. So here goes…
1) What is the working title of your Work in Progress?
Right now I’m calling it, “Yellow Bike,” because I have no idea what it’s name should be.
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
A dream I had in which a Deaf guy came into a coffee shop and the cute girl barista only knew how to say “thank you,” in ASL. (a more common occurrence than you might think)
3) What genre does your book fall under?
4) Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
After writing the description of my male main character, Carter, I went a-searchin’ to find a good picture. This is what I found: He’s a Dolce and Gabana model named Simone Nobili. So this is what I think of when I think of Carter.
This beautiful model’s name is Emily Rudd and she’s a model out of Minnesota- thank you to an astute reader for pointing her out! Maybe someday I’ll get to ask Emily if she’ll be in my book’s movie. 🙂
5) What is the one-sentence description of your book?
A Deaf boy and a hearing girl fall in love.
6) Will your book be self-published or agented?
7) How long did it take you to write your first draft?
It’s not done yet! But it will take a total of 30 days. Exactly. (thank you NaNoWriMo)
8) What other books would you compare your Work in Progress to?
There are none I’ve seen that are like it, but I’d like to think it’s a little like A Fault in Our Stars meets a Sarah Dessen book. (Wouldn’t we all like to compare our writing to those two?)
9) Who or What inspired you to write this book?
My love of folk music, my love of the small town in which I grew up, my life-long interest in Deaf culture and fascination with American Sign Language. Different cultures intersecting are always interesting, too.
10) What else about your book might pique readers’ interest?
I am in love with this book. I am in love with both of the Main Characters. I write the chapters in alternating points of view, and whenever I’m in one of their heads, I don’t want to leave.
Also, this is the guy’s bike:
I’m supposed to tag people now, but this meme freaked me out so much that I’m leaving it up to my followers to choose: