I was delighted when Rabia Gale of writer at play tagged me in The Next Big Thing meme. It’s a fun way to learn about what other writers have got unspooling in their heads. Here’s what I’ve been cobbling, in between fables and my series on inspiration.
1) What is the working title of your next book?
It’s been Grace Blinks forever, but I just changed it to The Ghost Collectors. I like the new title so much it gives me a scrunchy smile.
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
A small girl in red mittens tosses a copper penny in a fountain. She’s about to lose everything, but she doesn’t know it. She also doesn’t know that when she needs it most, her grandmother’s ghost will come back to lead her home. (That’s the image I had at the beginning. Everything else came from there.)
3) What genre does your book fall under?
Literary fiction, but that makes some folks yawn from the get-go, so let’s say literary fabulism (a term I also owe to the amazing Rabia Gale). I’m heavily influenced by magical realism.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I’m chronically bad at this, but the lead male role would definitely go to my TV boyfriend, Taylor Kitsch. He played Tim Riggins on Friday Night Lights, and was in the movie Battleship, among others. I loooove him.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Grace Holden can’t move past the loss of her brother until her grandmother’s ghost arrives with an improbable story that just may free them both.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’m still working on revisions, but I plan to submit to agents and see what happens after that.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I started in January 2008, during my youngest daughter’s naps, and had an acceptable first draft by June of 2010. So, it took awhile, but a lot of that was just figuring out what I was doing as a writer.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I’d love to see it on a shelf beside Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus and Sarah Addison Allen’s Garden Spells.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My grandmothers. They are both gone now, but they gave me so much unconditional love when I was growing up, I feel like they’re right with me, all the time.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
Let’s see, I’ll throw you a wooden leg, a drowned woman, orphan trains, ballet slippers, a bucket of family secrets, and a bear. How’s that?
Now it’s mine turn to tag, but I’m going to follow in the footsteps of the lovely and talented Julia Munroe Martin and tag you all. What is your current creative project (it doesn’t have to be writing)? What about this project makes you scrunchy smile?
(P.S. Come back on Wednesday 12/19 for a guest post from Rabia — you won’t want to miss it!)