How psyched was I when middle grade writer Leslie Zampetti tagged me for The Next Big Thing Blog Hop! (You can click on Leslie’s name to read her Next Big Thing blog post and all her other great posts as well.)
The Next Big Thing is a blog tour showcasing authors and their work. Each author must answer the ten questions below and then “tag” other authors they think are the next big thing! What fun! Who doesn’t love a good game of tag?! (Make sure to read all the way to the bottom so you can see who I tagged as the Next Big Thing!)
What is the working title of your book?
Welcome to Kata-Tartaroo.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I had been writing adult thrillers and speaking at elementary and middle schools about creative writing. My husband and critique partners said, “why aren’t you writing a book for the kids you speak to?” One morning my son told me about his nightmare. He was stuck in hell and the only way out was to climb a staircase and answer math questions. I thought, “What a great idea for a book!”
What genre does your book fall under?
Middle-grade fantasy adventure.
What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
If I am blessed to have my book made into a movie I will be happy with whoever is casted!
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
What if a thirteen year-old Lesser boy lands in the scariest place imaginable and has twenty-four hours to collect three mystical objects or he and his Moor friends will be lost forever?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Good question. I’ll keep you posted on that one. Decision will be made soon.
How long did it take you to write your first draft?
Nine months. It was like giving birth!
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I think readers of The Maze Runner or The Lightning Thief would enjoy Welcome to Kata-Tartaroo.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
It’s a fast paced action adventure. The characters race through a magical forest and encounter all kinds of creatures some that eat you whole, some that want to steal your treasures. Every chapter will leave the reader wanting more.
I think the Next Big Thing is: