The Next Big Thing (?!)

After a few heavy revision rounds, I’m finally “done” enough with my WiP to talk about it a bit. What better way to do that than to complete a “Next Big Thing” post? (In case you’re wondering, I first saw the “Next Big Thing” HERE, and many, many months ago I did one for my story, All Mixed Up.)

So, here we go…

What is the working title of your book? 

Good Girls. I suck at titles, frankly, and I’m not married to this one. I think it’s a little too similar to Gone Girl and Dangerous Girls. But for now, Good Girls.

What genre does your book fall under?

Contemporary YA. It’s very much a character study, with strong romantic elements. Everything I write has strong romantic elements.

Where did the idea for your book come from?

A country music song. Tim McGraw. Because obviously.

Which actors would you choose to portray your characters in the movie version of your book?

Good Girls has three main characters: Jenna, Tyler, and Dylan. I have no idea who would play them in a movie version of the story, but in my imagination they look like these beautiful people:


What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Girl meets boy and falls hopelessly in love; boy meets girl’s best friend and falls hopelessly in love; bad choices abound; tragedy ensues. (Vague much?)

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

Well, my agent only just received my manuscript via email the other day (which is why I have time to write this post), and there’s a chance she could tell me she doesn’t think  Good Girls isn’t right for submission, which would make me sad. But hopefully she’ll dig it and it’ll be a book that’s represented by an agency.

How long did it take you to write the 1st draft of your manuscript?

I started writing Good Girls this week, last year (wow). I finished the first (crappy) draft on Halloween. I’ve spent the last several months revising. I’m slow.

May we see an intro?

Jenna Nalick blows through the doors of The Lumiere like a bat out of hell.

It’s a phrase her daddy has been known to use. Jenna’s never given the expression much thought, but in this moment she understands exactly what it means. She feels bat-like: swift, hyperaware, determined. Her mind is laser focused, aimed singularly on vengeance.

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

Oh, comps are always so tricky. I suppose Good Girls has a mood similar to Kristin Halbrook’s Nobody But Us, as well as complicated (read: effed up) relationships similar to those in Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

A song. A challenging year. Tragic love stories of all sorts. The need to stretch myself creatively. The urge to try something new.

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

From the Love List I made last summer while I was drafting:

Best friends, Boone’s Farm, betrayal, beach storms, baseball, bubble gum, small towns, red hair/freckles, vintage movie theaters, full moons, first love, desperate love, dead ends, dark alleys, dugouts, dusty libraries, “love is a splendid tragedy…”, kissing, train tracks, Twiggy, unspeakable secrets, melodies, escaping/fleeing/breaking free, and “inside all of us is a wild thing…”

Now that I’ve shared, I hope you’ll tell me about your Next Big Thing. If you do, link your post in the comments so I can check it out! (Oh, and my CP, Alison Miller, is talking about her Next Big Thing today too — an amazing YA manuscript called Those Magic Changes. Do drop by her blog. :-))


31 responses to “The Next Big Thing (?!)

  1. I fell in love with your characters. Jenna, Dylan and Tyler, they really found a place into my heart…You wrote such a powerful and emotional story, Katy! And I cross my fingers Victoria will love it too! (oh and the pictures you chose do look a lot like I pictured them :-))

  2. Alison Miller

    Those pictures are PERFECT. I’m sure Victoria will LOVE it, but I’m sending all kinds of good vibes your way regardless. I want EVERYONE to read this amazing story!!!

  3. It sounds like a great story…I am excited for you to have finished and be on to the next brick in the wall 🙂 — think I will do a post on the next big thing too!

  4. What a great and honest interview about your new book. Best of luck and hope it gets represented! Will keep checking back for release date 🙂

  5. Rachelwrites007

    This sounds fantastic! I’m sure V will like it too. 🙂 I love that opening… third person POV Contemp is hard to find these days!

  6. *sighs* I love tragic love stories. And I also love this line in your intro “Her mind is laser focused, aimed singularly on vengeance.” I hope one day I get to read your book!

  7. Katy, I am resisting making grabby hands at your book (and you know me, contemporary is not even my usual genre of choice)! I love the sound of this, probably because I love messy, complicated, beautiful-sad stories. I love the quotes you have chosen and those stunning people to stand-in for your main characters. And that opener? Love the voice and the bat-metaphor. Hope your agent likes it because no lie, I wanna read it!! 🙂

  8. What a great post, Katy! I really look forward to the day I get to read your book. The bits and pieces from the Love List just had me grinning from ear to ear and makes me wish I could dive into your story right now. 🙂

  9. Your book sounds beautiful and heartbreaking, like I’d be underlining favorite passages then crying a paragraph later. Everything about this post makes me want to read your book even more. My fingers are crossed that this is THE ONE. 🙂

  10. Your manuscript sounds amazing, Katy! It has so many elements I love. Fingers crossed you hear good news about it from your agent soon!

  11. Best of luck with GOOD GIRLS, Katy! I hope your agent loves it and that I’ll be picking this up someday off a bookstore shelf!

  12. “Girl meets boy and falls hopelessly in love; boy meets girl’s best friend and falls hopelessly in love; bad choices abound; tragedy ensues.”<—I'm in. I adore complicated, tangled relationships in stories. I love that part of your inspiration was trying to stretch yourself creatively–I keep trying that, but I always seem to fall back into my comfort zone. I really hope it pays off for you!

    • This one’s WAY out of my comfort zone, Rebecca, and it felt good to stretch. I still can’t believe that parts of it came out of my head, and I think that people who know me IRL might be surprised too. But I’m really proud of it, and I suppose that’s what’s most important. I sincerely hope you get to read it one of these days!

  13. Tragic love stories are my favorite. This one sounds excellent. I especially love the beginning of your Love List: “Best friends, Boone’s Farm, betrayal.” Hooked!

  14. I love this idea! So fun! And GOOD GIRLS does indeed sound like the next big thing. That writing sample … girl, you got skillz! 😀 (Seriously. That was awesome.)

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  16. I love this idea! I’m think I need to do a post like this about my WIP. Also, I want to read this book! It sounds great.