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Blog Hop!!

Hello everyone!

A fellow Authonomy author, Patty Apostolides, has invited me to join in The Next Big Thing blog tour! The idea is to hop from blog to blog to discover exciting authors and their books we might not have heard about or that are still Works in Progress (WIP).  This is Week  22.

The hop rules require me to answer predetermined questions, and then at the bottom of my post, to list links to authors who will answer the same questions on their blogs next week. Here we go!

1) What is the working title of your book?

Forgiveness Fits

2) Where did the idea come from for your book?

I first wrote a book called Steadfast which tells the story of one of the Monahan boys.  After I finished it, I wanted to explore the story of their nanny, Caroline.

3) What genre does your book fall under?

It’s a YA book with lots of references to Christianity.

4) Which actors would you choose to play in your movie rendition?

It’s always bad when women in their 50’s write YA literature.  The actors I’m picturing are far too old for the parts, because I remember them as younger actors.  Caroline could be played by a much younger Natalie Portman.  Paul is the size and shape of Channing Tatum, but with a less attractive face.  It’s a tall order because Hollywood takes these average looking guys and transforms them into pretty-boys.  Paul isn’t pretty.

5) What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Paul and Caroline face two terrible attacks by relying on their Christian faith and their love for each other.

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

I’ll submit a few queries but am probably going to e-publish.  I think the audience for Christian Teen Fiction will find it if I blog about it enough.  Right now, Christian publishers lean toward squeaky clean stories.  Mainstream publishers, I’m told, won’t allow “the J-word” or Jesus, except as an oath.  My book may not interest any existing publishers.

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

About two months.

8) What other books would you compare this story to?

I can’t think of a similar book.  It’s essentially a boy-meets-girl story but with some scary bullies who want to keep the couple apart.

9) Who or what inspired you to write the book?

Caroline’s experiences at her new high school are based on my own experiences, but heavily exaggerated.

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

I tried to write a book about characters who rely on their faith but don’t preach it.  As a teacher, I meet students from all over the world, and they know little to nothing about Christianity.  I challenged myself to write a book that would explain some aspects of Christianity without supporting it or promoting it.  A teenager who reads this book might think, “Oh, so that’s why a Christian would take those actions,” rather than, “This book makes me want to become a Christian.”  Though if my story plants some curiosity about Jesus, that’s okay with me.

Next Wednesday, you can visit the blogs of friends listed below to read the answers on their “Next Big Thing.”

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