Week 14: The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Thanks to J Lenni Dorner for asking me to be a part of this.  You can see J’s answers by clicking here.

***Answer these ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress) on your blog

***Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:

What is the working title of your book?
Random Acts of Nudity

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I kinda stole it.  NOT REALLY!!!  I did not steal it, but my idea was sparked from reading someone else’s concept.  I participate in a board on Amazon where authors post their pitch and get help from other authors in making it as appealing as possible.  About two years ago I read a pitch there about a person who saw themselves in a viral sex tape.  It got me thinking.  The other author’s idea was about an adult male, who didn’t remember making the video, and the book was a psychological thriller.  But the idea of being in a viral sex tape stuck with me.  I started thinking about how most kids these days have recording equipment and how easy it is to distribute video online.  I began weaving the story of a teenage girl who casually makes a sex tape with her boyfriend, not expecting anyone but themselves to see it.  Then after they breakup, it’s seen by their entire school.

What genre does your book fall under?
Contemporary YA.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
There aren’t many actors that fit the description of my main character, since she’s plus size.  There isn’t an abundance of teenage plus size actress working today.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A shy honors student is mortified when her ex releases their sex tape to the whole school.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’m submitting it to agents now. Fingers crossed, one will like it.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I wasn’t keeping track, somewhere between five and eight months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t read a lot of other contemporary YA.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
See the first answer.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The MC has a snarky, self deprecating voice.  The way she handles being humiliated and ostracized is (I hope) unique and entertaining, while still being believable.  And the supporting characters rock, if I do say so myself.

Thomas A Knight, I.A. Uaro, Dana Brantley-Sieders, Maggie Young, and Janet Oakley– you’re it!

9 thoughts on “Week 14: The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

  1. Hello Susan,
    I love your answers! But why on earth don’t you have share buttons here?
    On Wordress left bottom menu you’ll find SETTINGS > REALLY SIMPLE SHARE > click on your choices (tweet out, FB-ed, G+ed, etc).
    Have a great week!

  2. Thanks for the invitation to the blog hop! You’ve got a really fresh and (sadly) relevant concept here – in the age of sexting and viral video, this could definitely happen. Dealing with the aftermath makes for a compelling read, no doubt. Thanks for sharing and good luck with the agents! I’ll be keeping my fingers and toes crossed …

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  4. First off, thank you for allowing me to be tagged! This has been a fun blog exercise!

    Second, I’m not trying to sound like a brown-noser, but Random Acts of Nudity was one of my FAVORITE from this past ABNA. I think I actually mentioned it in my blog back in the spring, while the contest was still running, about how much I loved it!LOL Based on the excerpt alone, I’m sure you’ll find a home for it with a traditional publisher so the well-wishes seem almost a waste. In the meantime, if you ever need a beta reader I volunteer because I would LOVE to read the rest!

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