Here’s how it works: I answer some questions about my current project, and then pass the baton on to five talented writers whose work I want to highlight. Then they’ll do a similar post and highlight five writers they admire, and so on and so forth. Pretty cool, right?
Before we get any further, I need to tell you about my writer-friend Dex Raven, who invited me along on this blog hop journey. He’s not only an incredibly talented writer, he’s also a cool guy. Here’s a little more about him:
Dex Raven writes primarily dark fantasy and horror, when his muse, Violet, cooperates. When she doesn’t, he still attempts to write with varying results. He has a thing for classic monster legends, Egyptian and Nordic mythology, coffee, sarcasm and words that end in “esque”. He is currently working on two books: a fiction/non-fiction mash-up and his first novel. You can find his fiction as well as his thoughts on the writing process here.
Now, according to the blog hop format, I tell you a bit about myself and what I’m working on.
What is the working title of your next book?
Another Here, Another Now
(It’s not the working title, it’s the officially official title title.)
Where did the idea for your book come from?
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…it started as a short story with a completely different central idea. That story sucked, but I liked the characters so much I wrote them into a new story with a different plot and it took off from there.
What genre does your book fall under?
Young Adult Science Fiction/Thriller
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
What a fun question!! Here’s what I came up with for the major players in AHAN:
- Eevee: Isabelle Fuhrman (perfect mix of brains and beauty)
- Danny: This one’s too hard! I’d say Josh Hutcherson, but he’ll always be known as Peeta. How about we use a TARDIS to go get slightly younger versions of either Zac Efron or Jared Leto? (long hair included, please)
- Warren: Tom Holland (put a pair of goggles on him and he’s good to go)
- Mac: Simon Pegg or John Simm (über smart, slightly dangerous)
- Judy: Sadie Frost (beautiful, driven, looks like she’s weathered some disappointments in life)
- Sid: Bruce Greenwood (or someone equally as strict and foreboding)
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
This is what we used for the announcement in Publisher’s Weekly:
Katherine Harrison at Knopf has acquired a YA thriller by Amy Nichols, Another Here, Another Now, told from the alternating perspectives of street-smart graffiti artist Danny, who is thrown into a parallel world, and brainiac Eevee, the girl he kissed once in his world and falls for in this one. Quinlan Lee of Adams Literary did the two-book deal for North American rights.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
My book will be published by Knopf Books for Young Readers in Fall of 2014!
I am represented by the amazing Quinlan Lee of Adams Literary.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The first draft took about eight months. It’s been through numerous revisions and drafts since. If you held the first draft and the current one side by side, they wouldn’t look at all related. Like, not even distant cousins, thrice removed.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Hmmm… Maybe The Time Traveler’s Wife? My editor, Katherine Harrison, said it kind of reminded her of Every Day by David Levithan.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I wanted to write about two people who fall in love fast, but then the whole universe (literally) works against them, trying to force them apart. I also wanted to explore the idea that in a multiverse there could be numerous iterations of ourselves that may or may not be anything like us, and then ask the question: can we ever really know who we are?
What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
You mean, aside from a story that will grip you by the heart and not let go? Well, there’s an intense scene involving scissors, an EMP detonation, and a twist toward the end that I don’t think anyone will see coming.
Also, ANOTHER HERE, ANOTHER NOW is the first of two books that will mirror each other in a truly unique way. I think readers will find the two-book combo un-put-down-able.
OK. Now I get to tell you about some amazing authors you need to know about, if you don’t already!
Kimberly Sabatini is a former Special Education Teacher who is now a stay-at-home mom and a part-time dance instructor for three and four year olds. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband and three boys. Kimberly writes Young Adult fiction and is represented by Michelle Wolfson of Wolfson Literary Agency. TOUCHING THE SURFACE is her debut novel. (Simon Pulse – Simon & Schuster, October 30, 2012)
Jodi Moore is author of the award winning WHEN A DRAGON MOVES IN (Flashlight Press, 2011) and GOOD NEWS NELSON (Story Pie Press, 2012). She writes both picture books and young adult novels, hoping to challenge, nourish and inspire her readers by opening up new worlds and encouraging unique ways of thinking. Jodi is the proud and (admittedly) neurotic mother of two incredibly talented young adults and never ceases to be amazed at how far the umbilical cord will stretch. She lives in Boalsburg with her best friend/husband, Larry, two doves and an ever-changing bunch of characters in her head. You can find her at: www.writerjodimoore.com
Amy Sundberg is a SF/F and YA writer. Her short fiction has appeared in Redstone Science Fiction, Daily Science Fiction, and Buzzy Magazine, among others. She lives in California, and when not writing, she’s either buried in a good book, singing musical theater songs, or trying to add more pins to locations visited on her world map. She is an avid blogger at practicalfreespirit.com and can be found on Twitter as @amysundberg.
S. C. Green
A full-time worker, full-time father and full-time husband with dreams of becoming a full-time author without coming off as being full of it. Currently he is in the midst of revising his first novel in hopes of shopping for an agent this fall. From week-to-week he shares his experiences in writing at The Parking Lot Confessional for all to gape at, point and giggle, or hopefully, commiserate. For all other random ramblings and musing, you can find him sullying the web atThe Shadowed Quill.
As Amy Beth Forbes, her work has appeared in divers locations, such as Flytrap, Kiss Machine, Realms of Fantasy, andLCRW. Her short story A is For Apple was reprinted in The Best of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, a collection available at your finer booktuaries nationwide. She is currently slaving away at a multi-book epic fantasy, and often forgets to post at personal blog Smoldering Ink. Elusive and quixotic, she likes pie, but wouldn’t say no to cake.
One of the things I love most about being a writer is meeting other writers, because sometimes when I meet other writers, I’m actually making a new friend.
A few years ago during a whirlwind trip to New York, I met Kimberly J. Sabatini. Kim has a heart big enough to hug the whole world. We became fast friends, laughing together and sharing our stories while searching out geocaches in a frozen city at midnight.
Kim is one of those friends you can just pick up with right where you left off, regardless of how much time has gone by since you last met. She’s one of those friends who’ll drop everything to help someone in need and who offers her shoulder when you need a good cry.
One of the fun things about having a blog is helping spread the word when a friend accomplishes something great. So, here I am today helping spread the word about Kim. Today is the book birthday for her debut YA novel, TOUCHING THE SURFACE.
When Elliot finds herself dead for the third time, she knows she must have messed up, big-time. She doesn’t remember how she landed in the afterlife again, but she knows this is her last chance to get things right.
Elliot just wants to move on, but first she will be forced to face her past and delve into the painful memories she’d rather keep buried. Memories of people she’s hurt, people she’s betrayed…and people she’s killed.
As she pieces together the secrets and mistakes of her past, Elliot must find a way to earn the forgiveness of the person she’s hurt most, and reveal the truth about herself to the two boys she loves…even if it means losing them both forever.
TOUCHING THE SURFACE is a rich, thought-provoking read, crafted by a very talented author. And I’m not just saying that because she’s a friend. Kim has written her heart in the pages of this book.
Also, there’s a pretty sweet contest over at the Class of 2k12 to celebrate the book launch you should check out.
Congratulations, Kim, on the release of TOUCHING THE SURFACE! I’m certain this is just the first of many books to come. Wishing you much success, my friend.