The ‘Next Best Thing’ Challenge

This is my first time to be ‘tagged’ to participate in a challenge of this sort…I will do my best! I was tagged by Jennifer Wagner who writes a blog (and other things!) called Reading ‘En Vogue.’ She is just a wee bit more experienced with these…and she has a completed rough draft of her first book! <Jealous!>

Here’s what I need to do (and those of you who have been ‘tagged’ by me will do as well…):

  1. Answer the ten TNBT questions listed below about your current WIP.
  2. Tag five other writers and link to their blogs so we can hop over and read their answers!

OK, here goes!

1. What is the title of your book/WIP?
Its working title is, cleverly, “My Book.”

2. Where did the idea for the book come from?
I don’t want to give away too much of the premise, but I used to have a recurring dream when I was younger – probably from when I was in late elementary school through high school. This book is based on that dream. It never concluded, so I am writing about what happened and why my character has these dreams.

3. What genre would your book fall under?
Young adult.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
This is so funny – an insight into my brain (a scary place, I admit). Because my book isn’t published, much less finished, by the time it would get made into a movie, the current crop would be too old. 🙁 I think that the actors who would portray my characters are probably still in puberty! However, if I had to pick some from today, I have to say:

  1. Lead girl: Selena Gomez (my daughter would kill me if I chose anyone else!)
  2. Lead guy: OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS (Dark hair, smoldering, cocky…if Zac Efron and Robert Pattinson and Ian Somerhalder had a baby)
  3. LG’s best girl friend: Ashley Tisdale (Disney Channel) or Katerina Graham (Vampire Diaries)
  4. LG’s best guy friend: Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf) or Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson) or Luke Pasqualino (The Borgias). Someone that is or looks hispanic.

I do apologize, as my awareness of young actors stems from Disney Channel, Nick and existing movies. I tried to stay away from actors who have already been defined by certain roles. I spent way more time than I should have Googling “actors under 25” and “hot hispanic actors,” but someone has to do the research.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When Cara’s recurring dream starts to bleed into real life, she uncovers old secrets, has to determine who are her real friends and resolves to confront the mysterious new guy who just might have the answers. (How badly did that run-on?)

6. Is your book published or represented?
No, but fingers crossed, one day.

7. How long did it take you to write?
Still in progress. I have spent about 40-50 hours on it to this point.

8. What other books within your genre would you compare it to?
Not sure.

9. Which authors inspired you to write this book?
I have to give a shout-out to Stephenie Meyer, as she got me interested in reading YA books again. Regardless of how you feel about Twilight, she is a gifted storyteller. Meg Cabot’s Abandon. I would love to write like Lauren Oliver, too. Maggie Stiefvater’s words seem perfect for her stories.

10. Tell us anything else that might pique our interest in your book.
Though I like most well-written fantasy and paranormal-related stuff, I really enjoy books where the main character has no powers, is just a regular person. It sort of counts when they don’t know they have powers, but not as much. I am trying to keep my main character as a conduit for the action, a lynch-pin.

Now, to tag five other writers (I don’t know that many, so sorry if I have tagged you & you don’t know why. Please don’t unfollow me on Twitter!). Don’t worry – this isn’t a chain, so nothing bad will happen to you if you don’t participate.

Lorraine Beaumont
Meg Cabot
Jessica D. Cheramie
L.J. Kentowski
Angel Lawson



12 thoughts on “The ‘Next Best Thing’ Challenge”

  1. YAY!! I’m so glad you participated!! 🙂 You did a fantastic job with your post and I cannot wait to read your book! 🙂 It’s all about baby steps 😉 Just keep writing writing writing…think Dory from Finding Nemo and change the word swimming to writing LOL! ..had to throw in a little Disney for ya too! 🙂

  2. Awww… I’m honored to be tagged! Thanks so much! I’ll have my post up within the next week. You’re WIP sounds very intriguing! Can’t wait to hear more about it. And don’t worry, I’m the same about that under 25 crowd LOL

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