Monday, November 5, 2012

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

I’m excited to share with you The Next Big Thing. It comes from little ol’ me! This is a blog hop that celebrates what various writers are working on and their hopes to become a great success. Lisa at tagged me and I’ll tag someone below. Feel free to jump into the game if you wish by posting your next big thing and a tag or two.

What is the working title of your book?
I chose my recently finished MS, The Seventh City. Just about ready to submit.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
A favorite story in the Book of Mormon, but from the Lamanite perspective of a fictional character.

What genre does your book fall under?
If there isn’t a genre called Book of Mormon Fiction, there should be. It’s growing. Others might call it historical (Meso-America) and there is definitely sweet romance in my story. There’s some coming of age and suspense as well. But we’ll call this a YA Historical Romance.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Hmm. Does Catherine-Zeta-Jones have a daughter? Karlinah, the protagonist,  is a spunky and beautiful sixteen-year-old widow. The villain reminds me of Jafar in “Aladdin” but I suppose we’d have to get someone real.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
King Lamoni’s daughter hides a secret that prevents her chance for happiness.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
More than a year because I kept it at the pace of my critique group.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I’ve enjoyed books by Heather Moore and others in this genre, and wanted to write something uplifting. Making B of M stories come alive is harder than I figured because you have to weave together fiction with nonfiction.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Karlinah’s secret involves a murder.
Like the Grandfather from The Princess Bride says, “There’s saving the princess, sword fighting, killing with sling shots, a murdered prince, robbers, false love, abuse, kidnapping, escape, torture, and true love.” Sorry, no pirates.

I’m tagging Liesel Hill at
Have a great week! You won't want to miss next week's book review.  


Tamara said...

haha...I love Aladdin, and knowing your villain is like Jafar is enough to make me want to read this. :)

Good luck with your submissions!!

Renae Weight Mackley said...

Don't we love to hate Villains! Thanks for visiting, Tamara.