I totally failed at updating the list, although I didn’t fail at finishing the draft on time. The first draft came in at 87,000 words.
What is the working title of your book?
The working title is Fracture.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
This is a bit complicated. Fracture is a ghost story with a twist. I’ve always wondered what exactly are ghosts? why do some people see them and some don’t? Why is it some people claim to have seen ghosts of the living or that they often appear in different forms? Some are more substantial, some can interact, some are like a movie being played over and over with apparently no awareness of the living world.
I believe in the possibility we live in just one of an infinite number of dimensions. Some are alternate physical worlds where another us is living out a different life, and some spiritual. I also believe when our physical life ends that we pass over into one of the spiritual worlds. When people see a ghost or feel a presence, it’s the thinning of the veil separating these worlds. Some people are more sensitive to it than others.
It’s these questions and beliefs that formed the basis for the idea that later became Fracture.
What genre does your book fall under?
Fracture is paranormal romance YA.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
This is a tough one. Basically, because I know that authors generally have little to no input on casting, I try very hard not to imagine specific actors in roles. If I absolutely had to choose, I would probably put Alexander Ludwig as the male lead. After seeing him in the hunger games, I think he could pull off the attitude. Mia Wasikowska with short, cropped hair as the female lead. She has a certain relaxed strength about her.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Oh dear, I’m not very good at these, but here we go.
A young seer befriends the tormented ghost of an 19th century gentleman and refuses to give up until she can unravel the mystery behind his violent death.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Agency, I hope.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
This story has been ongoing since Script Frenzy a few years ago. So a pretty long time.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Well in one way it’s comparable to a lost of YA stories about a teen accepting a special gift and coping with family trauma. Coming of age stuff. I would like to think there are certain elements that are unique and I tend not to compare my books to others if I can help it.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I think this is covered in where did the idea come from.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I think the paranormal aspect is a little different to the usual ghost story. There is also the historical element with one of the main characters being from the 19th century.
Now that’s done it’s onto NaNoWriMo while the draft sits for a while.
This year I’m trying my hand at something I haven’t done in a while. I’m writing an adult contemporary fiction. It’s tackled some difficult subjects including grief over the loss of a young child and infidelity. This is an idea rolling around in my head for a while. I thought what better time to push through National November Writer’s month.
Good luck to everyone taking part.