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The Next Big Thing

October 14, 2012 by Suzi

 
First, a big thank you to Robin Hall. I was picked as one of her winners (100 page critique or $20 Amazon card) in her giveaway to celebrate her 100 followers. She also deserves other congratulations for finding an agent for her story Lovesense. I’ve seen Robin on the contest circuit and her novel sounds fantastic. So check out her site.

 
Now…

 
Thank you to Jolene Perry for tagging me on The Next Big Thing Meme. Since I did this a while back with The Proper Way to Say Goodbye, I chose something different. If you’d like to read more about The Proper Way, click here.

 
I’m cheating slightly because technically, I haven’t written this story. I’ve got lots of ideas and as soon as I begin querying The Proper Way, I planned on starting this new WIP. But then I keep seeing people getting excited over NaNoWriMo, and since that’s only 3 weeks off, I may try it then. We’ll see.
 

What is the working title of your book?
 
Kylie: after one of the main characters.
 
Where did the idea come from for the book?
 
I was reading Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits and am interested in the whole foster child thing. The first novel I queried was also about a foster girl, so I wanted to explore that again and use a dual pov.
 

What genre does your book fall under?
 
Contemporary YA
 
What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
 


 
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
 
Cheat time. I have no synopsis, because I don’t know the ending. But I’ll take a stab. Warning: it’s very vague and pathetic.
Two foster kids. Two messed up lives. What it takes to make it right.
 
Will your book be self-published, or repped by an agency?
 
Well let’s hope I’ll find an agent with The Proper Way, and then she/he’ll represent this one too.
 
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
 
Um… haven’t started yet. Let’s take a guess and say four weeks if I’m gonna attempt NaNoWriMo.
 
Opening:
 
Chapter 1 – Kylie
 
With all the self-help books I’d read, I should be leading a happy life. I wasn’t. Of course, it was my mom’s fault. Maybe she should’ve been reading the books.

I slammed shut The Gift of Fear, disappointed I’d have to return it to the library tomorrow only half finished. There was no choice though. In two days Social Services would be moving me to a new home, and it could be anywhere in the city. Too far for me to get to the library—the only place I felt safe.

Mom and Chuck lay strung out on the couch in the family room. All I wanted was for her to get help. For him to leave us alone. She didn’t know I was moving. Nobody did.

Only me.

In two days I’d be calling the police. Because I was doing what Gavin de Becker recommended in his book… I was trusting my instincts.

 
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
 
I can’t say since it’s not written. Plus, I hate coming up with comp titles.
 
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
See my above answer about where the idea came from.
 
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
 
Let’s see…

Foster kids.

Dead dad. Bad mom.

Anger. Bitterness.

Loyalty. Love.


6 Comments »

  1. I love the Gift of Fear. It’s one book everyone should read. I love your opening, too. Great tension and I’m already empathizing with Kylie. Good luck with it!

  2. Jackie F. says:

    OOHHH!!! This sounds like you’re off to a great start! You’ve for sure piqued my interest. :D

  3. PK Hrezo says:

    I love that you’ve tackled this situation. I think it’s super interesting and often overlooked. I remember reading The Great Gilly Hopkins in elementary school and loving it.

  4. Messed up foster kids: sounds like a lot of great tension and conflict! :)

  5. Morgan Shamy says:

    Awwwwesome, Suzi. Love this. And you’re so funny. I love your bluntness! You MUST keep us posted… it’s such a journey-and I’m excited for your adventure!

  6. Robin says:

    Ooh-I love that 1st page. And you’ve got instant conflict and a clear feel for your character. I’ve never tried dual POV-I’m curious how it’ll go for you.

    And thanks for the shout out:)

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