Last week, my friend Katy Upperman tagged me in this The Next Big Thing post, where people are answering questions about what they're working on.
You guys. I so wanted to do this, but I am SO PARANOID about talking about what I'm working on. Not because I think someone is going to steal it or anything...more like I'm worried you guys are going to judge me? I don't know. I'm SO freaking weird about this stuff. (I won't even tell my students the title of my other book. Why? No idea.) So I'm going to tell you a little about my WIP, but not really. I'm leaving out the hooky stuff because I'm a paranoid weirdo who thinks you're all going to laugh at me or something.
What is the working title of your book?
I'm terrible with titles, but I actually like the title for this one...IN REAL LIFE.
Where did the idea come from?
What genre does your book fall under?
YA contemporary romance.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Jessica Lu from Awkward would be absolutely perfect for Hannah.
But then I saw pictures of Andrew Garfield and he's spot on, too.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I'm finishing the first draft this week (cross your fingers). It took me 8 months for this draft, but I didn't write straight through the entire time.
May we see an intro?
I’ve watched many a high school party movie in my day, so I know how spring break as a senior is supposed to go. A wild and crazy co-ed trip, maybe to Mexico or a similar magical land where pesky things like American laws don’t apply. Dancing, drinking, hooking up, and who knows what other manner of bad behavior and questionable decision making.
In a word - epic.In other words - completely different from my normal life.
What other books would you compare this story to?
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The reality show I mentioned. Some awesome songs. Some things that happened to me in high school. My favorite place in the country.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Kissing. Friendship. Fake IDs. Music. Awesome Asian girls. Spring Break. Guys in bands. You know...the Jess usual. ;-)