A friend of mine, Peter Burton, invited me to participate in a q & a about one of my works-in-progress. I figured, why not? So here goes…(drums please)
1-What is the working title of your book? The Sway
2- Where did the idea come from for the book? My obsession with trees and a three year study of European Green Man folklore and Celtic mythology.
3- What genre does your book fall under? Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy
4- Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Ha! I love this question. Thomas McDonall, the guy from the movie Prom and the T.V. series Suburgatory, could be my male lead. I always pictured a younger version of Megan Fox as my main character. I adore Jeremy Irons, so he could be the first incarnation of my possessed bad guys.
5- What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? A seventeen-year-old girl must master a Druidic ritual to free the boy she loves before a Celtic deity morphs him into a legendary overlord of the tree men, bent on destroying civilization.
6- Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? We shall see.
7- How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? Around five months, give or take a bottle of wine
8- What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Although my book is firmly set in today’s world, I hope fans of Graceling by Kristin Cashore and Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson will enjoy The Sway.
9- Who or What inspired you to write this book? Strange paintings of green men found in churches and on architecture throughout Europe inspired me. My passion for history and my longing for a world lit only by fire also pushed my story along.
10- What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? If you’re a fan of hot historical guys, who kick a** and think outside the box, you’ll love my male lead. He’s a Celt. Torcs are the new tattoos.
I tagged two of my talented writer pals for next week (Week 25). Check out their blogs next Wednesday, November 21st, when it’s their turn to post answers to these same questions about their own works-in-progress!