Friday, September 7, 2012

The Next Big Thing

Thanks to Jaye Robin Brown for tagging me in this fun post. It gives me the chance to talk about the manuscript I'm querying and pass the microphone to some fellow writers to do the same. I'm tagging Neely Simpson , Chris Ledbetter , Donna Earnhardt , and Cheryl Angst in hopes that they'll answer these questions on their blogs too. No pressure.

1. What is the working title of your book? INK

2. Where did the idea come from the book? I was walking around Southpoint Mall in Durham, NC. They have amazing statues of happy children playing. My YA mind started churning about missing children instead. Warped, right?

3. What genre is your book? It's a Young Adult mystery.

4. Which actors would you choose to play the characters in a movie? I have no idea,  but if we could work in a cameo for Matt Damon, I wouldn’t complain. ;)
5. What is a one sentence synopsis of your book? Fresh out of juvie and living on the streets, Mazie is searching for the kidnapped daughter of the firefighter that died in the flames Mazie started. 

6. Will your book be self-published or repped by an agency? I’m seeking representation for it and hope to see it traditionally published.

7. How long did it take you to finish your first draft? I think the first draft took about 6 months. I worked my tail off. I have spent many more months revising though.

8. What other books would you compare yours to in this genre? I think INK would appeal to fans of fast-paced contemporary YA, such as Lisa McMann’s WAKE trilogy. As for movies? It has a bit of a Shawshank Redemption feel to it—especially at the beginning.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book? The story just came to me. I did name an awesome character in honor of my favorite high school teacher who passed away last year. I think she’d be pleased with her namesake and hopefully with my story.

10. What else about your book might pique a reader's interest? Much of the story takes place in and around a tattoo shop. I hung out in one to do field research. Tattoos fascinate me.


  1. So did you get a tat while hanging out? If you could get a tat what would it be of?

  2. I laughed like crazy at what inspired you. Isn't it amazing what can happy to a happy scene when seen through a writer's eyes.

    Sounds like you have a great story brewing.

  3. For now, I'm sticking to temporary tattoos. I can be a bit indecisive, so chosing to have something permanently inked on my body would be a bit of a challenge. And then there's my fear of needles. What would I choose? Something literary. Perhaps a quote from a favorite book or an illustration from The Little Prince or a Shel Silverstein poem.

  4. Pat- Yep. We certainly have a different view of the world.


  5. Hi Laura!
    I love your interview (Matt Damon? You have good taste :-) And wow, you have been prolific! I read through all your pitches and they are great sounding stories. Best of luck!!!

  6. Just surfed in from our Twitter convo. This idea sounds intriguing! But I think my favorite part is that the idea came to you in my hometown ;) . Those statues are creepy, so the creepy idea totally fits.