Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop! The blog hop is celebrating what writers are working on or what they have coming up next.

I was tagged by my friend and all-around awesome person E. Kristin Anderson, co-editor of the DEAR TEEN ME anthology. Somehow she's always working on a few things at once, so check out her projects here in her blog hop post.

But I can only work on one thing at a time, so here's more about what I've been up to:

1: What is the working title of your book?
(I know, quite a change from a title like CHAINED)

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
I can't remember exactly how I came up with it, but it was probably while watching something like Finding Bigfoot or MonsterQuest, and I thought it would be fun to write about a character whose parents are cryptozoologists. And who would really hate having parents who investigate creatures like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster? How about an amateur forensic scientist?

3: What genre does your book come under?
A humorous mystery for middle-grade readers

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Eliza Thornberry. I know, that might be a problem since she's a cartoon character, but that's how I picture Nessie. Some of the researchers from Finding Bigfoot can play Nessie's parents. Champ the lake monster as himself.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Nessie McGee uses her forensic science skills to figure out why her Aunt Audrey has disappeared after finding evidence of a lake monster in Lake Champlain.

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
This book hasn't been submitted yet, but I'm represented by Joanna Volpe at New Leaf Literary & Media Representation. My first book, CHAINED, was published by Macmillan/FSG.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Still working on it! Actually I did a really messy, narrative-outliney first draft last summer, but it's taking a long time to write a draft that's presentable enough to show someone else.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Hmm, I'm not sure about that one. Nessie is somewhat like Harriet in HARRIET THE SPY, since she's always noticing what's around her and jotting down notes about what she sees. And when I was reading THE MAPMAKER AND THE GHOST by Sarvenaz Tash, I remember hoping that I'd be able to write a kids' mystery novel that was so well plotted.

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I knew when I was researching CHAINED that the next book would have to be something humorous and closer to home! And I love cryptozoology and forensic science, two fascinating fields that are completely different. So it'll be even more fun to combine them, right? I've always enjoyed mysteries and I appreciate humor in any book, so this is a genre I've been looking forward to writing.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
On the drive from Houston to Lake Champlain, Vermont, Nessie's parents make the most of the trip by investigating creatures like Bigfoot and the Honey Island Swamp Monster, but Nessie is a "real scientist" and doesn't believe in anything her parents investigate. The family starts the trip when Nessie's Aunt Audrey calls after seeing something in the lake she can't explain. When the family arrives, Audrey is missing, along with the lake monster evidence she'd collected.

Thanks for stopping by to read about what I'm working on, and be sure to check out the authors who've allowed me to tag them for next week! Anne Greenwood Brown, Kami Kinard, and S.J. Kincaid will post on their blogs next Wednesday, February 20th, about their new projects.


  1. That book sounds amazing! And quite a jump from Chained. I can't believe I'm pining for a book that isn't even finished yet.

  2. Why, thank you so much, Lynne. I can't wait to read this WIP!!