September 07, 2012

The Next Big Thing!

September 7, 2012

I'm so honored!  I've been tagged in a really fun interview tag-a-thon, "The Next Big Thing," with a few other authors where we answer questions about us and our work and then tag others to do the same! Thank you, Christie Rich, for tagging me! 
I'm so excited to do this. I just got back from my first signing at the Decatur Book Festival and it was a dream come true. If someone had told me 2 years ago that strangers would walk up to me and ask for my autograph and tell me they love my books...I would have thought they were crazy. But, I hope I never get used to it. It was an amazing rush and I'm so grateful to everyone who has ever picked up one of my books. Thank you!
So, now about my newest project....
1. What is the working title of your book?  River's Recruit (The Sanctuary Series #1)
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?  This is actually the first original book that I wrote but I put it to the side to publish the first and second books of The Channie Series. But, it's been begging to be published so you'll see it in September 2012. Then I can get back to Josh and Channie and finish up Finding Valor.
3. What genre does your book fall under? New Adult Paranormal Romance.
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Jonathan: Chris Zylka
He looks gorgeous with longer hair as well as a military buzz! AND just look at those dimples. I loved him in “Secret Circle.”

Eli: Ian Somerhalder
He’s got that “heart of gold trapped in a bad boy” vibe down to a fine art. (This was a no-brainer decision ;-)

River: Emma Watson
I believe she can pull off the “young” River in the prologue as well as the more mature, eighteen-year-old River of the main story. (She’d need to wear a waist-length, dark wig since she chopped off her hair.)

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?  
A young man, scarred by his service in Afghanistan, goes backpacking deep in the Sawatch Mountains and finds a primitive cult-like tribe of shifters that must recruit him or kill him to keep their secret. 
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?  Self-published
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? 
I started it about 3 years ago and then stepped away to work on The Channie Series. I picked it back up in March of this year. So, it's been a long journey to get it finished but I'm really excited with how far it's come. I can't wait to see what my readers think of River's Recruit.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? 
Wow, well when I've given the one-line blurb to a few people, I've heard everything from Avatar to New Moon. But if I were going to agree with those, I'd throw "Stranger in a Strange Land" and "Romeo and Juliet" into the mix.
9. Who or What inspired you to write this book? 
Originally, it was just the voices in my head. I had a couple of characters in mind but not much of a story. Then one day, while I was searching for something else, I stumbled across a video of Aron Ralston. I remembered the story about how he’d had to amputate his own arm after a boulder trapped him in a remote canyon. His story stayed with me and merged with my character, Jonathan McKnight.
In the first draft of the story, Jonathan lost his hand in a car accident. But during my research of amputees and prosthetic devices I became more aware of the young service men and women that are still fighting to overcome the injuries of war after they return home. Their stories of courage, endurance and perseverance inspire me on a daily basis. So … Jonathan enlisted in the US Army.
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Here's a rough draft of the back-of-the-book blurb...  
Jonathan McKnight lost everything in Afghanistan. His left hand, his identical twin and his self-respect. He searches for redemption during a solo backpacking trip into the remote Sawatch Mountains of Colorado and discovers a secret tribe of shifters.
River, the beautiful young shifter that rescues Jonathan from certain death, wants to recruit him. He is equally determined to rescue her from her cult-like society — even if he has to kidnap her.
So there you have it! I'd love to hear your thoughts!
To check out what other authors had to say, click the links below!  I hope they'll accept my tag because they are all amazing authors and I want to know what they have up their sleeve next :)
Happy Reading Everyone!
Authors I’m tagging:

September 03, 2012

Even Better in Person

You know how sometimes when you get to know someone online, they don’t quite measure up in real life? Well, I’ve had just the opposite thing happen this weekend at the Decatur Book Fair.

I’ve been stalking indie rock stars Nancy Straight, Amy Bartol and Shelly Crane online for about a year. And while their online personas are amazing, when you meet them in person, they’re freakin’ awesome.

I recently started following Heather (Supagurl Blog Tours) and Tess Watson (My Pathway to Books), so I didn’t “know” them quite as well as the others, but OMG these girls are hilarious! And super supportive of indie authors. If you aren't following their blogs yet, you need to go sign up right now! (And tell them I sent you ;-)

After the fair closed, about twenty of us invaded The Brick Store Pub for supper. We were already a rather noisy and rambunctious group, but when Fisher Amelie walked in with Michelle Leighton and announced that Michelle’s book “The Wild Ones,” had just landed on the New York Times Best Seller list at number 34 -- the whole place exploded with cheers and applause. It gave me goosebumps! Michelle is such a sweet, humble person it was a joy to share this milestone with her.

 Left to right: Shelly Crane, Georgia Caits, Gloria "Globug70", Adam Kunz, Michelle Leighton, Amy Bartol, Kris Kendall, Carol Kunz

None of this would have been possible without my publicist and dear friend Kris Kendall. I'm too introverted to do this on my own. She even stopped over in Denver to pick me up so I wouldn’t have to fly alone. I learned how to talk to people about my books just by listening to her do it. It was an exhausting, but fun experience and I look forward to doing it again next year!