Blog Hop

Okay, so two lovely ladies, Trisha “Red” Schmidt and Carey “Carey Bear” Torgeson, have both tagged me in this Blog Hop thing.

(Side note: both of their blogs are way prettier than mine. I need to fix this place up a bit.)

So, even though I think I was maybe supposed to wait until later in the week to do this, I’m certain to forget if I don’t do it now.  I’m supposed to answer the following questions, so here we go:

What is the working title of your book?

“Manifestation”

 Where did the idea come from for the book?

Over the past few years, I’ve written on several online collaborative writing and roleplaying sites. On those, I developed numerous characters, but two in particular always stood out to me as having potential to do a lot more. I decided to take those two characters and create my own story. It shares thematic elements with the plots of some of the collaborative sites I’d been in, but I took my own unique spin on it and developed it into a far-reaching plot.

What genre does your book fall under?

I could probably call it pre-apocalyptic modern fantasy sci fi romance with a touch of poetry. I think “Multigenre” is a cleaner way to say it.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Gabriella Palladino was originally designed based on Anna Popplewell:

Anna Popplewell as Gabriella Palladino
Anna Popplewell as Gabriella Palladino

The fact that she has a bow is NOT a coincidence (hint hint Book Two hint).

Minerva “Tock” Zipporah is based on Alison Scagliotti:

Alison Scagliotti as Minerva Zipporah
Alison Scagliotti as Minerva Zipporah

Red hair, leather vest, awesome steampunk-style goggles.  Just give her a big tool belt and BAM, Tock.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

The return of magic to a world that has dismissed it as myth and legend, with disastrous results as the ones who manifest these powers struggle to understand and control them.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Undecided as of yet. My main struggle with this question is the balance between a) the better chance of success/better marketing/more money that would come from traditional publication vs. b) the freedom to do as I wish that would come with independent publication.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I started it in September 2012, and finished it in December. I’m working on Draft Three right now.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Hmm. Considering I can’t exactly fit it into the same genre as most books I’ve read, that’s a bit tough to answer. Most “Modern Fantasy” books and movies seem to accept that magic has existed for some time, and just been kept hidden from the public. There are elements of the story that are similar to the TV show “Heroes,” following the idea of people learning about their powers while living in a modern world. But my story is designed to follow more of a “magic and wizards” angle rather than “superheroes.” Plus many of the important elements of the long-term plot won’t appear until Book Two, where some steampunk/science fiction elements start to play a big role.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Some of the original ideas came from the old collaborative writing, which gave me the ideas for where the characters would develop, what would happen in their lives, and how they would react to the changes. The main plot itself then evolved from taking these characters, removing them from the old “world” I first wrote them in, and creating a new world designed around their developmental paths.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

One of the things many people seem to find most interesting is the in-character diary and poetry that Gabby writes throughout the story. This gives the reader a close-in glimpse of her thoughts and feelings as she reacts to the chaos and changes that are taking place in her life. The poems especially are a indication of the emotional development she goes through during the course of the story.

On a related note, yet another lovely lady, Mari “Doesn’t Have A Nickname Yet” Wells, nominated me for the “One Lovely Blog Award.”  Being the slacker that I am (Read: too busy revising my novel to work on the blog), I kept putting it off.  So I’m gonna kill two blog posts with one stone and post the award-related stuff here as well.

Here is the “One Lovely Blog Award”:

one-lovely-blog-award

And there are rules, which I shall re-post here to pass them along:

The Rules
These are the rules, should you choose to accept them:

Thank the person who nominated you (manners, people! manners!)
Add the “One Lovely Blog Award” image to your post.
Share 7 things about you.
Pass the award on to seven nominees
Include this set of rules (important, otherwise confusion and mass hysteria ensues
Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blogs.

7 Things About Me:

  1. I am a student at Rowan University with a major in Writing Arts and a minor in Communication Studies.
  2. I was originally a Computer Science major, but switched when I was bored with computers and instead spent my time writing stories in my notebooks.
  3. I also wrote another unpublished novel draft, “Rogue Traveler,” which is about time travel.
  4. I was engaged two years ago, until my cheating whore of an Ex cheated on me.  Good riddance.
  5. I’ve been writing since I was 11 years old, and still have the first story I ever wrote (a Halloween horror story).
  6. I like to play video games, especially Final Fantasy
  7. I have a recent obsession with Steampunk.

And now, the “Blog Hop” tells me I’m supposed to nominate 5 new people for it. And the “One Lovely Blog Award” tells me I’m supposed to nominate 7 new people for it.  So since I’m a no-good cheater, I’m gonna merge those lists into one (If someone listed has already received ONE of these awards, just do the other one instead!):

  1. Kai Kiriyama
  2. Mari Wells
  3. Carey Torgeson
  4. Trisha Schmidt
  5. Cylithria Dubois
  6. Casey Roach
  7. Leanne Creamer

So, all of you people, you’re nominated for BOTH!  For the Blog Hop, post the answers to the following questions on your blog:

What is the 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?
 
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?

Then pass it along to 5 more people.

For the “One Lovely Blog Award,” follow the rules listed here:

Thank the person who nominated you (manners, people! manners!)
Add the “One Lovely Blog Award” image to your post.
Share 7 things about you.
Pass the award on to seven nominees
Include this set of rules (important, otherwise confusion and mass hysteria ensues
Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blogs.

And that, as they say, is that!

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