Be Inspired

Thank you to Joelene B. Perry for tagging me on the Be Inspired post. She did give me the option of not doing it, but since I haven’t said much about my current WIP, I figured what the heck.

What is the Name of Your Book?

It is unnamed as of yet. I’m tossing around a few, but nothing is sticking.
One is My Secrets to Keep. My issue is Julie Anne Peters (a multi-published/i.e. successful author) has a book called Keeping You a Secret and it’s YA LGBT story. So I’m worried about the similarity of names and the similarity of themes (coming out). I’m still thinking on this though.
Anybody have an opinion on if that’s good or bad having a similar title to a major author?

Where did the idea of your book come from?

I don’t remember exactly. Over a year ago, I wrote down some basics for the story, but then forgot about it. It had more of a mystery angle to it, but then…
Sometime last winter I saw a comment on YA Confidential about teens wanting more LGBT. My original character wasn’t gay, but she is now. And although she’s not trying to solve the mystery of her brother’s suicide, doing so almost breaks her.

In what genre would you classify your book?

Contemporary YA
(Okay, my mc is a college freshman, but she’s 18, so I’ll go with YA for now.)

If you had to pick actors to play the people in your book, who would you pick?


Here’s my little lame pitch. Since I’m still in the early stages, I won’t go into detail.

When Chloe starts college, she keeps her true self hidden. Nobody knows that she is gay, or that her brother killed himself a month before school started. But when she discovers the shocking truth behind her brother’s suicide, she begins to realize that hiding your secrets only leads to more pain.

Is your book published/represented?

I wish.
No, actually, I haven’t even started to query. I’m in the editing stage.

How long did it take to write the book?

I started it in February. Was editing other stuff and it got set aside. I typed THE END in June, but if I were to break it down into just writing time, probably 6 weeks or so.

What other books in your genre would you compare it to?

I’m horrible at this. I don’t know.

What authors inspired you to write this book?

None inspired me to write this specific story.

Tell us anything that might pique our interest in this book.

It involves:
Childhood sexual abuse.
Being gay.
A student/teacher relationship (college though)
Obsessive behavior.

Wow. That sounds intense. And this doesn’t ALL happen TO my main character, by the way.

How about this to make it less edgy.
Best friends.

So that’s my Chloe WIP. And since Jolene seems to encourage rule breaking, I’m gonna break the one about tagging others.

8 Responses

  1. Titles are so hard! It’s so annoying when you think of a great one but then you find some reason you might not be able to use it. I like your title, it’s unfortunate that there’s another one so similar and with similar subject matter 🙁

  2. Melodie

    Wow – you’re right. That does sound intense but many of your themes are timely. Good luck with the editing process!

  3. Wow, sounds so interesting, Suzi! I loved reading this interview. It’s so fun to get a peek into what you’re working on now. 😀

    Best of luck with revisions and finding a title you like. Sometimes I think giving a title is the hardest part!

  4. Wow! You tackle the hard issues, huh! 🙂 Your story sounds amazing. As far as titles, I suck at them. I think your title My Secrets to Keep is different enough from the other that it wouldn’t create confusion. Plus, I have heard that often titles are changed when books are published. I think My Secrets to Keep sounds perfect for what you pitched! Keep up the good work!

  5. Rachel Schieffelbein

    Wow, this sounds really intense! I’d love to hear more about it. 🙂 I may have to tag you in the magic 8 ball meme. . . 😉

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