The Next Big Thing

The fabulously talented Janet Sumner Johnson tagged me in this blog game: The Next Big Thing.

What is the working title of your book?
Rabbit Island (Yes, I’m still working on Rabbit Island. No, I can’t believe it either.)

Where did the idea come from for the book?
After learning about the historic Dreamland fire in Coney Island, I started to wonder what it means for a place called Dreamland to go up in flames.

What genre does your book fall under?
Oh the dreaded label. Contemporary YA.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Seeing how long it is taking to write the book, never mind get it published, never mind sell the film rights, I am hopeful that a young, amazingly talented friend I work with in children’s media will be old enough, by that time, to play the lead role.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When Rabbit Island’s glittering amusement park, Dreamland, burns to the ground, sixteen year old Adelaine Cross searches for new life in her broken world.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Represented by an agency.  I am hopeful.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? May we see an intro?
The first, first draft took four months. The second first draft (yes, you’re reading this right) is taking about the same.  Revisions are endless…

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I don’t like to compare books to one another.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Wandering through Coney Island in winter.  The ocean. Judy Garland.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
There are underground canals, swan boats, kissing in concrete meadows, old theaters, midnight swims, a Bridge of Laughs, music (Nirvana meets Gershwin), and Luna Lovelorn, who you do not know, but who you will want to know.  

I am tagging some of the next big things:
Sharon Mayhew
Angela Cothran
Amy Mackechnie
Meredith @ Fairy Tales and Cappuccino
Jennifer Pickrell

Rules of The Next Big Thing:

*Use this format for your post
*Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress)
*Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.

Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:

What is your working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? May we see an intro?
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged. Be sure to line up your five people in advance.

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8 thoughts on “The Next Big Thing

  1. I am very excited to be tagged – thank you, Melissa. And don't forget to come over to win a book this week. I think next year when I do this, “Rabbit Island” should be on it!

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  2. As much as we get impatient with ourselves, I have read too many books lately that needed more time -more time developing plot, character, dialogue and definitely more editing. Write a wonderful book and let it take the time it needs to be wonderful 🙂

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  3. You aren't doing Rabbit Island justice here. Melissa is too modest! I've read part of it…Lovely words and great plot!

    Thanks for tagging me. 🙂 Since I now have a finished novel it will be fun to do this…

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  4. This sounds so fun! You make me want to go to Coney island in winter. And I'm DYING to meet Luna Lovelorn! Just the name . . . 🙂 Yay! So glad you played.

    Oh, and random note. I was listening to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” when I read the Judy Garland bit. Coincidence? Or some cosmic approval of your book and predictions of good things to come? 😉

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