GUTGAA: Tagged!

I was tagged by Adriana Ryan. She’s a fellow writer participating in GUTGAA and her dystopian zombie novel sounds like a great twist on current apocalyptic themes.

Since I was tagged I must submit to answering questions about my current work of fiction, my incubating novel.

What is the working title of your book?

Cursebreaker is my current title.

I like it a lot since it implies that it’s fantasy and you can guess the main idea of the story. I’ll keep submitting with this title, but I may have to change it eventually since the title is very similar to Holly Black’s recent Curseworker Series.

You work on a book for five years, some other author who’s very talented is gonna scoop you… +grumblegnoshgarble+

Where did the idea come from for the book?

The first version I wrote was a script for a comic short for the Rising Stars of Manga contest put on every year when I was in high school by the late and great Tokyopop.  

I was very into folklore growing up and I love the idea of twisted funny fairy tales.

Cursebreaker originally began as a modern retelling of The Frog Prince, based on the idea that the girl breaking the spell had totally seen this kind of thing before and she was charging money for it now. Princes are actually really unimpressive once you’ve met more than a few.

What genre does your book fall under?

Contemporary Fantasy or Funny Fantasy. Whatever you like.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I have no idea. In real life I’d hope some talented unknowns would get cast and get their big break on my movie or television show. I dream about it being a really fun episodic speculative show. Like Grimm crossed with Veronica Mars.

As an answer to the question, I have a Pinterest account where I collect photos of actors for CB mostly based on friend’s suggestions.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Morgan Crowley meets Prince Nicholas, yet another royal freeloader who can’t pay his debt for her magical kiss, so he must become her assistant to work it off as they battle fairy tale beasts, the creepy Collector, and high school Modernization class.

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

I’m trying to find out more about self-publishing, but it’s still so new I think I’d like to try the traditional route of finding an agent before looking into that. I think self-pub is great, but I doubt my ability to build and maintain a fanbase on my own. Having a house with people to strategize with would help me out a lot.

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

I think I threw the five year figure out there earlier. This isn’t strictly true. I was working on about eight projects at once from 2004-2011 and not making significant headway on any of them. It was only around December of last year that I really started to buckle down and get to work on CB. It’s been worth it. I wrote more than half my draft in 2012, and working on it a couple of hours a day instead of sporadically has made it a lot more cohesive and less confusing.

I admit it! I like doing too much and complicating things for myself. I recommend working on your book everyday if you can, most days if you can’t.

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

My goal as a writer is to write three dimensional female characters. It’s what I’m most passionate about since there are still so few good examples (in 2012!), at least on television. We’re getting better at it, but we have a lot of work to do to go from dishwater heroines to bad asses.

I’m not talking kick-ass with no flaws either. We need girls that have both the good and the bad. I look forward to seeing how my girls measure up in readers’ opinions. If I’m successful in my attempts I’ll be the happiest writer ever.

Now to play tag!

I’m tagging Katie Slivensky, a scientist and paleontologist who writes middle grade adventure and science fiction. Her query just made it to the agent round at GUTGAA!

I’d also like to tag Misha who I met at WriteonCon and has also been participating in GUTGAA.

2 responses to “GUTGAA: Tagged!

  1. Well, guess I gotta do this, then! 😉

    It’s so funny. In those pictures, Niko looks pretty much as I picture him, but Morgan not at all. I think of her as having darker, straight hair always pulled into a ponytail.

    Also, nice work on your CB description here. It just sounds more and more awesome each time you write a synopsis/description for it. I’ll need to put some thought into my own post. Watch for it in a few days. 🙂

  2. I can’t wait. Yeah, I have trouble with Morgan. I mostly picture her wearing awesome boots or converse and not really her face so much. I get actress suggestions from friends though.

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