In case you aren't familiar with The Next Big Thing blog hop, it's basically a bunch of us writers running around screaming "Tag you're it!" at each other, and once you're tagged you're required to answer the following ten questions about your current work in progress (i.e. your Next Big Thing).
First things first, I was tagged by the lovely L.C. Chase, Skylar M. Cates, Lex Chase and Jacob Flores. Please be sure to check out their great posts!
Now, down to business. My brand-spankin’ new release, Analyzing Emory, is a contemporary romance. So to spice things up, I’m currently working on something a bit different at the moment. :)
1. What is the working title of your book?
How to Survive a Dinner Date with a Vampire
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
The attack of the plot bunnies actually happened when a friend gave me a super cute and funny children’s book for fun. It’s called A Vampire Is Coming To Dinner! and follows the story of a young boy who gets word that a vampire is coming over to his house for dinner. The book then outlines the 10 (hilarious) steps the boy needs to take in order to make the evening a success.
Somehow my brain went from children’s story to: What if there was a similar story for adults? And, what if it was a dinner date? And if vampires really did exist, how would you go about dating one without being scared out of your mind?
3. What is the genre of the book?
M/M Paranormal (slightly humorous) Romance
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
This is challenging because of course I want my characters to look exactly like I pictured them in my head, so it’s hard for me to pick an actor and say, “Yup! That’s him exactly!”. But, I’ll do my best.
I reeeallllly don’t want to fall into a True Blood cliché here, but Alexander Skarsgård (with long hair) would kind of be perfect to play Norwegian vampire, Aleskander Riestad.
As for Ted, the slightly skittish, nerdy librarian who is being pursued by said Sexy Vamp, I had some trouble coming up with someone, but if you geeked him up a bit, I think Jackson Rathbone might fit the bill. (And yes, it’s not lost on me that Jackson has also played a vampire before… but in this movie, I just need him to be human. :))
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A mild-mannered librarian, who doesn’t quite want to admit that vampires actually exist, gets asked out on a dinner date by an exceedingly handsome vampire and must decide if he’s capable of getting over his fear and giving love a chance.
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency/publisher?
*crosses fingers and toes* I hope it will be picked up by a publisher.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
*cough* *looks around sheepishly* I’ll let you know when I finish it… *cough*
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Uuug… I hate comparisons. Do I have to answer?
Hmmm, well, I don’t think my blog will explode if I skip…. So there!
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I kinda feel like this question is similar to Question 2. I certainly have to give some credit to my friend who gave me the children’s book (since that was the plot-bunny-inducing trigger). But I’ve always thought vampires were sexy and I’m also completely in love with HBO’s True Blood. So, I was intrigued to try my own take on: Present-day world, add vampires and other supernatural beings coming out of the closet, shake and serve (with a generous helping of humor on the side).
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
If things go the way I’m hoping they will, this may become a series with each book exploring the relationship between a different human and supernatural pair in the same small town.
I’m tagging Andrew Q. Gordon. Be sure to stop by and check out what he’s working on!