Today is my turn at answering questions about my work in progress, Antigone: The True Story for a fun blog hop called The Next Big Thing. I heard about it from Elia Winters.
The idea is that I answer ten questions about my work in progress, then tag 5 bloggers at the end of the post and they will answer the same questions in one week. It's like a giant chain letter without the guilt. Instead we get to learn about other great books on the horizon.
Here are the interview questions about my novel. Be sure to check out the end of the post for the bloggers to read up on next week.
Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:
1. What is the working title of your book?
Antigone: The True Story
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
From Greek mythology. I love Greek mythology and even studied Classical Studies at university. Antigone was always one of my favorite characters. Last year for Nanowrimo I decided to give her "alternate history" a try as a young adult novel.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
Young Adult Fantasy
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
That's a tough one. Antigone is strong and doesn't put up with much, though she's fiercely devoted to her family. Maybe Jennifer Lawrence.
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When the gods start talking to Antigone
in her dreams and manipulating her life, she must find a way to
overcome her family's curse and still remain true to herself and
protect her family.
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I would like it to be represented by an agency, but I'm not quite there yet.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The first draft was written in Nanowrimo last year - write 50K words in the month of November. It did take me a little longer to write the whole story, but not much. Recently, however, I've decided to add one more section to the book, so I'm hoping that will only take a couple more weeks.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Again, that's hard. Maybe Graceling by Kristin Cashore.
9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I am part of an amazing writer's group called Some Good Karma and Some Bad Writing. They were a great inspiration and encourage me to "write it anyway" when I was concerned about some the subject matter for a YA audience (ie,Antigone is the daughter of incest, her father is Oedipus who married his mother and killed his father).
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
This is not your typical book about Greek mythology. It takes place in ancient times, but Antigone has a lot to offer modern audiences. This is definitely a creative retelling. And, there are lots of snakes in the book. I honestly don't know where they came from, but there they are.
Okay everyone. Thanks for reading. Don't forget to check out these interesting blogs next week to read about their works in progress.
When Stars Collide
The Wicked Queen's Mirror