Friday, December 21, 2012

The Next Big Thing (Writers Meme): Elena Edition

I took this meme idea from Kat at Just Another Pretty Farce. She says that you're supposed to post this on a Wednesday. Well, I'm breaking that rule (what's so special about Wednesday anyway??).

1) What is the title of your next book/work?
Right now, my novel is titled When We Are Gone, because it's about legacies — how what we live (what we say and do) leaves behind something for the people we influenced and for those we never knew. I plan to explore the legacies that are the characters in the present time (of the book) as well as what those characters themselves desire to leave behind. And not merely material legacies — more about relationships than about tangible inheritances (although that somewhat plays a part).

2) Where did the idea come from for the book/work?
I'm a bit embarrassed to admit this, but I think it was either a writing prompt I found online or a result of one of those story generators (also found online).

3) What genre does your book/work fall under?
Good question. Fiction, of course, but not literary fiction... and not strictly fantasy either.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I'm with Kat on this. I don't really see my book yet as movie-worthy. I like her idea of a mini series or a two-season special series on television. And I think getting an unknown to play the lead female would be best.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When the librarian Gaspar Gruber, who lives a hermit's life in the cave that houses the library, must open his home to a young woman entrusted to his guardianship, he discovers that his solitary existence is not as desirable as he had thought; together they learn the difference between a legacy of absence and a legacy of presence and love and uncover the origins of the library and its cavernous home. {Yeah, the meme doesn't specify how short that sentence must be!}

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I'm not that far yet either. I have to finish the rough draft first!

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Um, still working on that.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I was inspired by the Myst books, so... maybe a wee little like those?

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
For decades now, I have found poetry much easier to write than stories (whether short or long). I challenged myself to write a novel, and also it was my 2008 attempt at NaNoWriMo.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
Good question!

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