Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Next Big Thing

A lot of you guys have been doing these posts (Katy Upperman, Jaime Morrow, Rebecca Behrens), and I finally decided to cave in and do one myself. What fun is having writing friends if we do share what we're writing?

What is the working title of your book?

A Tear Between Worlds

Where did the idea come from?

Vic (the main character) just showed up in my head one day--a picture of her. I had to find out who she was. I had to learn her story, and I knew it had to do with dragons.

What genre does your book fall under?

YA Contemporary Fantasy

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Honestly, I don't know. I know one singer/songwriter who really looks like my main character, but she's grown up since this photo.
This is Michelle Branch for those of you who don't know.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

I'm still working on that. Here are a couple of sentences:

For the teens in Riverton Hills, the future is set in stone. Turn eighteen, drop out of school, become a missionary. Or a cultist, as Victoria Sage likes to call them.  Vic was raised in Riverton Hills, but she wasn’t born there. That meant she couldn’t be saved.

With both her boyfriend and best friend lost to the church, Vic was done. On her eighteenth birthday, she planned to leave home for good.

That all changes when her parents tell her the religion is a cover for a secret society of dragon hunters. At first, Vic laughs, but when she sees the enemy for herself, she realizes leaving Riverton Hills isn’t an option. Darkness is coming, and Vic can help stop it. She can finally belong—just as soon as she can let go of seventeen years of hatred, distrust, and pain.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

My hope is to find an agent who loves this story as much as I do. I haven't given much thought to self-publishing yet. I guess I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Three and a half weeks. This story idea came to me like a whirlwind. Vic showed up in my head while I was revising a different WIP. I couldn't shake her, so I started to write. Draft one came out at 30,000 words. Final draft: 72,000.

May we see an intro?

Here's the first page:

Chloe’s eyes were guarded and dark with secrets. She sat across from me, staring into her coffee and checking her phone and looking over my shoulder, but she wouldn’t look at me. Her once bright smile had faded, and her dimples were gone. Everything I’d feared had come true. Chloe had let them change her.

“What did they do to you?” I asked.

“They showed me the truth,” she said.

Chloe turned eighteen yesterday. Like everyone from Riverton Hills, she was taken out of school and inducted as a member of The Riverton Mission. But unlike the others, Chloe had promised she wouldn’t let it happen. She didn’t believe the religion’s lies any more than I did. Yet here she was, another one of their pawns.

And a week from tomorrow it would be my turn.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I basically listened to the song "Comes and Goes" by Greg Laswell on repeat. So many of the types of people he talks about in the song relate to the characters in my story. I especially loved the idea of "the experts at the fall."

What else about this book might pique your readers interests?

There are some really great friendships and of course romance.

I'm not tagging anyone for this, but if you do it, please let me know!


  1. This sounds really good, Liz! I like the idea of dragon hunters using a 'religion' as a front. Plus, who doesn't love a good contemporary fantasy. :) Your first page (and the description) would definitely keep me reading. There's something really creepy about this group of people sucking teens in when they turn eighteen. As a reader, I really want to know why and how. :)

  2. This is such a cool idea! And a first draft in 3 1/2 weeks? I am so jealous! :)

  3. This is awesome, Liz! Thanks so much for sharing your story with us. I am definitely intrigued and very much want to know the "truth" that Chloe is referring to on the first page. Like Rebecca, I am also amazed with your three and a half week draft! I think sometimes when stories come out that quickly, you just know you were meant to tell them. I am also a big fan of dragons and would love to see how this thread plays out.

  4. I love the premise of your story! Lots of suspense in your intro that hooked me in right away. I'm sure how quickly you wrote it is testament to the fact that it's a great idea. Good luck and I hope to see your book in print someday :)

  5. Um, this sounds amazing. I love that your story is true fantasy, but with a contemporary setting... I don't see that often enough. I'm so glad you shared, and I wish you the best of luck with this project!

  6. Thank you guys for all of your encouraging words :)

    I love this community. I don't think I can say that enough.