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The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

My awesome CP, Brandi, tagged me in her blog post. Here’s some info on my WIPs. Since I’m somewhat in between manuscripts at the moment, I’ll be answering questions for two, the one I entered in Pitch Wars and the one I just started on Thanksgiving. And let’s face it. I totally needed this distraction during all the Pitch Wars madness (If you haven’t heard about Pitch Wars yet you can check out #PitchWars on Twitter or head over to Brenda Drake’s blog here). Here we go!

What is the working title of your book?

The Hit List (THL) and Shifting Gears (SG).

Where did the idea come from for your book?

THL: I was a dancer for 12 years growing up and I’ve wanted to incorporate it into a manuscript for awhile now. It just fit with the rest of the plot. As for the sex game part, it came from a conversation I had with a friend my senior year of high school.

SG: My best friend growing up was big into cars. She was a huge inspiration for my MC, Carli. And I think I watched Fast Five that week when I had the idea.

What genre does your book fall under?

Both fall under YA Contemporary.

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

I honestly haven’t given this a whole lot of thought. Can I say Ian Somerhalder even though he totally doesn’t fit any of my characters? He’s hot. I’m going with it.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Oh geez. One sentence?

THL: Finding out she’s required to dance with Luke after she was raped by her last partner is the least of Sadie’s problems when she discovers she’s at the top of The Hit List, a blog-based sex game.

SG: When Carli’s dad is framed for stealing cars and goes to prison, she must pay back his $100k debt in two weeks or he’ll be murdered there, and then they’ll come after her.

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

Fingers crossed for agent!

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

THL: 4 weeks

SG: I started on Thanksgiving and I only have one chapter so far. I’ve been distracted with querying a different manuscript, running a final edit on THL, and Pitch Wars.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I am terrible at this. Which is unfortunate, but there it is. So I’m comparing to movies instead.

THL: Cruel Intentions meets Center Stage

SG: I don’t have comps for this one yet. It’s still too new and can change too much.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I feel like I’ve kind of answered this already. Oh well.

THL: Dancing. I’ve loved it since I was little and I’ll love it till I die. Simple as that.

SG: My best friend from high school.

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

THL: ALL THE KISSES! Plus a sassy roommate, heartbreak, did I mention kissing?

SG: It’s all about an underground street racing circuit set in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami. Cuban influence, hot guys, fast cars. Need I say more?


@KateBrauning aka Kate Brauning, because I love her and she inflates my ego. She’s also a wicked CP, in a good way.

@AlphaDelia aka Delia Moran, my cheerleader, supplying me with cupcakes and whipped cream vodka. Also another super fab CP.

@LizzyFroehle aka Lizzy Froehle, pitch writing extraordinaire, also freaking fantastic CP.

I’m sensing a theme here…

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