Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Next Big Thing

So I know this meme has been circling for a while, so if you're sick of it already I won't blame you for skipping to the next thing. But I was tagged by the incomparable Jamie Grey, and the post was fun, so here are my answers!

What is the working title of your book?

The Never Silent

Where did the idea come from for the book?

The Main Character – From watching too many tv shows about con men.

The Setting – I wanted a large area on earth where a secret magical society could remain hidden. The ocean seemed like a pretty good solution.

The Time Period – It was the last reasonable era for a wind-powered ship instead of steam-powered.

The Plot – I have no idea. Some plot fairy must really like me.

What genre does your book fall under?

Young Adult Historical Fantasy

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

That's really tough (mostly because I'm horrible at remembering actors/actresses).

Henry Thorp: Colin Morgan or maybe Andrew Garfield

Lucy Clark: Dakota Fanning

Benjamin Temple: Tom Felton

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

17-year-old con artist Henry Thorp impersonates his best friend Thomas to take his place on board The Never Silent, a ship with a covert destination, in order to find Thomas's killer.

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

Hopefully agency-repped. Not there yet. I'm still revising.

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

A few months. The research took longer.

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

Well, the easiest comparison is Pirates of the Caribbean meets Harry Potter, but as one of those is a movie and the other is overly used, I'll compare it instead to Bloody Jack meets Obernewtyn. (And ok, I haven't actually read Bloody Jack yet, but I hear it's sort of similar and it is on my kindle to read.)

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

A hankering to go on an adventure?

Or most likely it was the sun and the wind and the smell of the sea.

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

It has magic Viking-descendants vs. magic pirates sea battles.

And here's the part where I tag someone else. If Steve or Ico or anyone else at The Story Center wants to join in the fun, go for it! But no pressure.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2012 YA Books I've Read

As I have the past two years, I kept track of all the YA books I read in 2012. The list seems a bit shorter than usual this year, and I'm not sure if that's because I've been reading less, or because I'm forgetful and didn't record them all, or because I've read more non-YA this year. Regardless, here are my top 3 followed by the whole list.

Top 3 Favorite Books:
1. The Near Witch (Victoria Schwab)
2. The Scorpio Races (Maggie Stiefvater)
3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Laini Taylor)

Full List:

Jay Asher
--Thirteen Reasons Why

Rae Carson
--The Girl of Fire and Thorns [rec]

Kristin Cashore

Cassandra Clare
--City of Fallen Angels
--Clockwork Prince

Paul Dowswell
--Powder Monkey

Sarah Fine

Alison Goodman
--Eon [rec]

Janice Hardy

Julie Kagawa
--The Iron Knight

Lauren Kate

Mike A. Lancaster

Tahereh Mafi
--Shatter Me [rec]

Nnedi Okorafor
--Akata Witch

Christopher Paolini

Ransom Riggs
--Miss Peregrin's Home for Peculiar Children

Veronica Roth

Patrice Sarath
--The Crow God's Girl [rec]

Victoria Schwab
--The Near Witch [rec]

Maggie Stiefvater
--The Scorpio Races [rec]

Francisco X. Stork
--Marcelo in the Real World [rec]

Rosemary Sutcliff
--The Eagle of the Ninth

Maria V. Snyder
--Fire Study

Laini Taylor
--Daughter of Smoke and Bone