I was tagged last week in The Next Best Thing by Ally Malinenko & Beth Fred, which is where I get to share with you my current WIP. I was also tagged in a similar Next Week Thing awhile ago. But the exciting thing about this post is that you will be one of the first to get a sneak peak at what is to be my NaNoWriMo Project!!!
What is the working title of your work-in-progress?
The Time Traveler’s Secret
What is the genre?
YA Sci-fi (maybe/probably dystopian…I didn’t plan/want to write a dystopian but it’s turning out that way)
Where did the idea come from?
Oh haha, this is a great story:
Once Upon A Time…I had this disease called writer’s block, now usually when I get this disease I just write because technically I don’t actually believe there is writer’s block (I know, I’m confusing you). Anyway, I was trying to find creative writing prompts to get me started then I found this sentence:
It was less than a second, maybe less than half a second, but it changed everything.
It came from http://writingprompts.tumblr.com/. And no I don’t plan on using this sentence, exactly.
Well after I saw that I saw this:
So then I kept thinking time traveling detectives, it changed everything….boy you should see the word doc I have on this, it’s a jumble of incoherent thoughts, and that’s how I knew I was on to something brilliant ;).
Well after all of that craziness, I came up with some more stuff, which I’ll share in a later questions, including the main character’s name: Maia.
And, of course, me being the mythology obsessed person I am, the name Maia was chosen for a particular reason.
And that folks is how a story is born.
What actors would you choose to play your characters in a film version?
No idea, I don’t even know all of the characters yet…but I will update this when I do 🙂
Write a one-paragraph summary:
No judging…this is a blurb-in-progress…no it’s not really one paragraph:
Rule #1: The Authority is Supreme
Rule #2: Do not be seen
Rule #3: Always be on time
Maia is a good girl. As the daughter of The General –the leader of The Authority, the rulers of Phynicia, she’s an example of the model citizen: she does what she’s told, no questions asked. As a member of Phynicia’s time traveling force, it’s her duty to go forward/backward into time to complete missions.
The nature of these missions are known only to those who they are given and the mysterious “Authority”—the ones who dictate the missions.
As first in her graduating class Maia is the first to receive her an unaccompained mission: go back in time and kill Dr. William Carver
Maia knows this is a great honor yet she’s hesitant, although it’s against her teachings to ask questions she wonders why she has been chosen to kill this man who’s crime is unknown to her.
On the day of her mission something goes wrong, she arrives at the site too early and runs into Dr. Carver’s son Zane. At that moment a member of The Authority’s guard arrives and kills Dr. Carver…
Now Maia and Zane are on the race of a lifetime, flitting forward and backward through time to find out why Dr. Carver was killed, what really caused earth to go into its Second Dark Ages, if the authority is to be trusted, and Maia’s place in all of this.
Yet what Maia doesn’t know is eventually a decision will have to be made, a decision of whether to save Zane’s world, the world of the past, or to save Maia’s present and thus her future.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
An Agency. Hopefully BLOOD OF ISIS will garner me an agent however if it doesn’t, I plan on querying this one/one of the MG ones I’m working on.
How long did the first draft take to write?
Not written yet…just outlines and words LOL
What other books would you compare this to, in your genre?
As well read as I consider myself to be, I’m not super into YA books with time-traveling themes (unless I’ve forgotten older titles I’ve read)…so as for right now I have no idea nor have I heard of anything similar (minus the million YA dystopian books with themes of resisting “The Authority”. However if you’ve read Veronica Roth’s Divergent, part of the idea for The Authority came from the Erudite…if you’ve read it, you should get my meaning…the other inspiration was Marx’s The Communist Manifesto.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
- My crazy thought process
- The Twilight Zone (original TV series)
- The Communist Manifesto (the reason why is complicated/long but if you want to guess/know you can comment below)
- My intense love for all things sci-fi & dystopian
- My want to write something along these lines for a while
What else about this story might pique the readers’ interest?
Well it’s definitely going to be fast-paced…it will include time travel, to different worlds and times, mysteries, clues, and romance 😉 I’m in love with it and I’ve barely written it yet…it’s so different from BLOOD OF ISIS…exactly what I need.
Thanks Beth & Ally! I’m tagging: