The Next Big Thing

I was surprised and honored when author Magan Vernon nominated me for this meme. The purpose: to talk about your next book. And after her big reveal of her new project, The Only Exception, it’s going to be hard act to follow.

Honestly, my brain has been so completely focused on book 3 of the Descendants of Isis series, The Name of Ra, and a possible prequel novella, Rise of the Hem-netjer, that have had little time to contemplate what’s next. But since this meme is about my next big project, I’m going to talk about a concept I’ve been noodling on for the past several of months. This is the first time I have revealed it to anyone other than my flatmate and Magan, so… here it goes:

What is the title of your next book?


Where did the idea come from for the book?

I was riding in the passenger seat of my flatmate’s car, heading for a small trip to the beach and pretty much dozing off. The idea kind of just hit me in a half dream, half daydream state. It was all about a girl being locked away in a room with a glass wall. Probably my unconscious telling me something about myself, but I just had to write it down once I got hold of a piece of paper.

What genre does your book fall under?

Upper Young Adult, Science Fiction.

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

Oh, God. I haven’t really thought on it, especially who would play Edmund and Tess, my two main characters. Though, I do kind of picture Edmund being a mix between a young Dr. Jackson (James Spader) from StarGate and David (Matthew Broderick) from WarGames.

I do have some idea, however, for some of the staff Edmund will be working with during his internship:

Dr. Lunsford (Neurologist): Stanley Tucci

Dr. Richardson (Medic): Tom Virtue

Dr. Yungstein (Psychologist): Hector Elizondo

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Edmund’s father volunteers him for a summer internship in Colorado’s Cheyenne Mountain Complex, where he meets a mysterious and powerful girl and learns a dark secret.

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

I would submit to small publishers.

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

Ha ha! Like I said, been very focused on The Name of Ra and Rise of the Hem-netjer. Short Circuit is just basically notes in a journal right now. But I’m hoping to have something completed by the beginning of 2014.

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

Um… I guess I would say it could be compared to Open Minds by Susan K. Quinn, Candor by Pam Bachorz, and Origin by Jessica Khoury.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The concept really – and my flatmate. She’s been very supportive of my writing and is kind of my sounding board while my manuscripts are in development.

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

Well, it’s futuristic, taking place mid 2050’s. There’s mysterious kidnappings, governmental conspiracy… oh, and of course, Romance!


So that’s what’s in my head – other than DOI. God, it’s crowded up there!

Okay, well, now I’m supposed to tag five more authors. However, I’ve decided I’m just going to list five author I would like to see respond to this meme, but I will not make it an obligation. It’s your choice to continue the chain or not. 🙂

A.H. Amin

Tara Fuller

Rachel Harris

Lisa Rivero

Jennifer Lane

2 thoughts on “The Next Big Thing

  1. Thank you for choosing me for the meme! I just finished this meme (I wish I was finished with my manuscript too, hah). I think your idea sounds excellent. I loved Matthew Broderick’s character in War Games, and that’s awesome you’re including a psychologist character (though the lot of them sound evil to keep her locked up in a glass room!)


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