Friday, January 11, 2013

The NEXT BIG Thing!

I've been tagged by the fabulous Kelly Hashway  to share a bit from my current WIP. Thanks, Kelly! This was just the injection of motivation that I needed.

The next step is to decided what to share. A picture book? One of my MG manuscripts that is partially written? Maybe my latest YA, which I've shelved due to my revisions with Marked Beauty, or the sequel to MB? Seeing how I'll be spending today mapping out that sequel to MB--can't wait to share the title with you--I guess I'll share my most recent MGer.

Here goes:

What's the working title of your book?
MOTLEY EDUCATION: Ebony Charmed and The First Assignment

Where did the idea come from for this book?
I love writing each category of KidLit as much as the other, and each for different reasons. I've dabbled with some picture book stories--two which I need to finish editing and start subbing--so my toddlerish gene has been stimulated. I write young adult mostly, so I had this nagging urge to write a story that tingled with awkward hormones but focused more on adventure and discovery. I guess the idea came from my need to explore the middle kid within me.

What genre does this book fall under?
Paranormal Adventure

BELLA THORNE as Ebony Charmed

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie?
LIAM JAMES as Lance McGwyer
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
A young apprentice witch unwittingly unleashes the underworld and must team up with an enemy to find the key she lost in order to close the portal before her mistake unseats her father as headmaster of her junior high school.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Recently sent my agent a pitch for this book, so hopefully she likes it and will rep it!

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your book?
Not finished the first draft yet, but I've finally set up my plotting draft and character arcs. I'm in the muddle of Act II.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
The Unwantables

What else about your book might pique the interest of your readers?
Ebony has an eerie connection to the spirit world, but her cat has an even better one. :)


Leigh Moore
Matt MacNish
Jessie Harrell
Christine Danek


Everyone else, whatch'ya working on?

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  1. Oh, sounds like a fun book! And those are cute little actors. I always feel so inadequate when I see what detailed planning people do before they start writing. My mind though, is, I think too analytical--if I plan that much my writing sounds canned. I so a timeline. That's it. (then several rewrites to pull pieces together)

    1. Oh, you give me way too much credit. This story has been swimming around in my head for almost a year. I've been stumped, working on the sequel to my YA novel. The next best thing was to finally visit this idea, surfing the web for actor images. lol

  2. Sounds like a great book Sheri. Hope your agent decides to rep you onn it.

  3. I love your cast. Thanks to my daughter, I know who Bella Thorne is. :) Your book sounds great, Sheri!

  4. That sounds really good! I'd read it! I'm working on a YA Horror book right now.

  5. I like the concept! Good luck with your agent! :)

  6. Sounds like something my Monster would love to read. Best of luck with your agent.

  7. I love this line - made me want to read the story!

    "Ebony has an eerie connection to the spirit world, but her cat has an even better one."

  8. This book sounds great! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  9. What a fun way to learn more about a project.

  10. Hope your agent loves it! It sounds great.

    1. Thanks! Only thing is now I have to work on the sequel to MB. Guess this one will have to wait yet again. lol

  11. Fingers crossed your agent (and a publisher) will love it.

    Can't wait to read the taggees' answers.


  13. I'm sort of see-sawing between writing the sequel to the WiP I'm querying and moving on to something else.

    We'll have to see, I guess.

    Hope your agent likes your pitch!

    1. Good luck with that decision. Sometimes switching gears is what we need to move us forward in other places, too!

  14. Sounds like a fun read. Writing for kids is great, especially when you make a connection and inspire a young read to try writing. I posted about my next thing on my blog a couple weeks ago, a YA thriller: Smart Alec. Here's my one-sentence description:

    Alec can read the mind of anyone he’s looking at and takes advantage of it, but when he gets kidnapped and blindfolded he has to escape using something he’s neglected since he discovered his power: his own wits.

    1. Aw, thanks! I love the sound of your latest YA, and that title is awesome! Let me know how it goes.

  15. TOO FUN!!! I love this! Cats are very sensitive to the spirit world... so they say--LOL! And that little Nathan Gamble looks like a young Kurt Cameron! Sounds awesome, Sheri! Best of luck w/the new book!

    (I actually did this meme on my blog last month, but THANKS for the tag!!! :o) <3


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