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. :-))