Ashley Elizabeth, a great friend from Twitter tagged me to be part of a Blog Hop about WIP. And although I am late to reply – I’m on the case now!
Answer the 10 questions below about your WIP on your blog/website.
Tag 5 other writers/authors/bloggers with links so we can “hop” over and meet them.
Right… here we go:
What is the working title of your book?
Tyler Nitbone and the Snowflake Traitor
Where did the idea for the book come from?
A carefree boy who treats life like a joke, is thrust into kicking ass with responsibility when the life of everyone he knows is endangered. It sounds quite generic to most YA novels but is a formula that works with readers.
The setting was in a make-believe world where the MC’s a time-share assistant to ‘Special Beings’ such as Santa, Dream-Creators, Death, Pollen-Distributors, etc . . . Anyway, the conflict comes in the form of the Bogeyman who travels back in time to eradicate the creation of electricity thus dooming the future to darkness (except for candles), thus, thus, thus, making his future role not a forgotten one. It’s up to the MC to correct the distortion in time even though nobody believes in him.
I started Chapter 1 – and then “KABOOM” – I saw the trailer for a soon-to-be-released Dreamworks movie called Rise of the Guardians – about the Bogeyman who want to increase fear by going against the Guardians: Santa, Jack Frost, etc . . . Arggggghhhhhh
Okay – so although the entire novel has changed – and I mean seriously changed, the idea of having a reckless boy become the responsible hero remains. Part of it stems from early childhood of how I’d pit a single action figure against dozens of larger figures… and one by one, the single figure would demolish the others. (Usually some limbs would be torn off to exaggerate the carnage).
What genre does your book fall under?
YA Science Fiction.
Sure there are elements of fantasy with one sub-character, but the theory behind the MC’s world is sci-fi in a totally non-over-the-top manner.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Keeping some of the Character names secret…
Tyler Nitbone = Collin Mackechnie
MW = Love interest = Brenda Song
CK (not Clark Kent) = Antagonist = A thin Kevin Bacon
Voice of Shape = Friend = Steve Carell
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Being accused of a crime and having his memory wiped won’t stop Tyler from saving every world.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Will give the Traditional Route a good go and if nothing materialises, then I’ll go down the ebook route.
That’s not to say that self-pub is second to Trad, it’s just that I believe I should give the Trad first bite. Sometimes the reason for why a Trad-Agent didn’t sign you up can help you to polish a novel before releasing to the wider audience.
How long did it take to write your first draft of your manuscript?
It should have taken 8 weeks, however life deviated me, and in the end it took 12 weeks.
The first draft was 63k.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Sarwat Chadda (Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress), Simon Mayo (Itch), and Barry Hutchinson (Afterworlds: The 13th Horseman).
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Me wanting to write something that wasn’t all serious/lacking humour.
The Nomad Novelists reminded me that normally (as can be seen in my blogs) I can be bizarre with my commentary. Tyler in this novel is a younger version of me – with a different hairstyle.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I’m tapping into a part of the YA market that hasn’t been explored fully.
The novel isn’t your traditional time travel tale revolving around paradoxes and what-ifs…. No … this is more of a cat and mouse mission to right a wrong – in a totally non-Quantum Leap manner – oh and the cat and mouse can become dogs – but there are no animals either. Confused . . . hopefully draft 2 will sort that out.
Time to tag some to join in