1. What is the working title of your book? Where the Staircase Ends
2. Where did the idea come from for the book? I had a dream and a girl walking up a staircase that lead into the sky. When I woke up, I had a compulsion to write the story down. I felt like I couldn't sleep until I did.
3. What genre does your book fall under? I originally thought it was YA Magical Realism, but I've since changed it to YA Supernatural Mystery following some advice from an agent.
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
For Taylor, my MC, I think Chloe Moretz would be perfect.
While she's probably a bit too old, Deborah Ann Wall is a nice match for Sunny, Taylor's best friend.
I'm still on the hunt for the perfect Justin Cobb (the love interest de jour).
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? After an accident, high school student Taylor Anderson must climb a seemingly endless staircase into the sky; a journey that reveals the surprising truth about her best friend's betrayal and the life Taylor thought she wanted to leave behind.
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? My hope is that I will be repped by an agency and/or publishing house.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? The first draft took me just under three months. Revising took a lot longer, but largely because I was researching the publishing industry and learning about the process.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I've often had it compared to Gayle Forman's IF I STAY and Lauren Oliver's BEFORE I FALL. I sometimes say that if THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN had a love child with the movie EASY A, it may have turned out a bit like my story. :)
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book? I was inspired by friendships I had when I was in high school and junior high. No matter how good the friend, I remember that jealousy - over guys, over things, over situations - often caused tension in our relationships. Sunny and Taylor's relationship feels very real to me, and I wanted to capture that complexity in an honest and relatable way.
10. What else about your book might pique the reader's interest? The story weaves two mysteries together - the mystery of the stairs and the mystery of why Taylor and Sunny's relationship crumbled. The scenes on the stairs are filled with magic and intrigue, while the contemporary portion of the story will hopefully have readers ripping through pages to find out what Sunny did to Taylor (and why) that ruined their friendship.
That's all I've got for now!
Tagged for next week (week 24) are some of my very talented writer friends. Check out their blogs next Wednesday, November 14, when it's their turn to post answers to these same questions about their own works in progress!
Tamara over at One Magic Bean Buyer
Lauren Monahan from right here at Thinking To Inking