The Next Big Thing

Ginormous thanks — and gin, no less — today to writer, blogger and bibliophile Anouska Huggins for tagging me in her Next Big Thing post, where she talks about her exciting, multi-layered, coming-of-age WIP and her plans to seek representation. We don’t know each other in “real” life but I’ve been enjoying her tweets for a while over at @NooshHugg, and it’s a real pleasure to get a mention on her blog, Gin and Books.

So, now I have to answer some questions on my own WIP (work in progress). I say “in progress” — I mean “stalled in a Christmas panic” but it will be galloping along, absolutely haring, in January.

What is the working title of your next book?

Ungirl and Smith.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

My kids and my cat. It’s about a kid and a cat, see.

What genre does your book fall under?

Unpublishable.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Erm… well, I need a cross between Wednesday Addams and Lisa Simpson, so since Christina Ricci’s grown up now… a new talent?

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

If you want to know where Mary is, ask Smith — or at least, catch Smith, and then follow Smith… if you can.

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

No. Well, maybe.

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

It’s happening right now.

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

I wouldn’t. That’s not how I think.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Smith. OK, and Mary. Who’s Mary? Mary’s a bit creepy… Hey, Mary’s already in a book, have you seen JAWBREAKERS? She’s in a flash in there.

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

I like the apostrophe in that, just the one reader then, eh? Well, so far he’s been well piqued by the statement, “If you read this, I’ll give you some sweets.”

OK, so now I have to tag people. I’m not so much a tagger (#socialmediafail)… so I’m going to cheat like this:

Here are three very cool writers who’ve already done this (yay, you get to read about some worthy WIPs already, without the pesky wait):

Kirsty Logan

Valerie O’Riordan

Alison Wells

Enjoy!   Happy writing.

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