Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Next Big Thing

Jessica McHugh is witty, clever, and a total badass, but did you know she's a witch? She has marked me with her almighty tag to tell you all about my newest project, aka my next big thing. I have no control over this, I must pass on the magical mark onto three more amazing writers. And so, I've selected Nicole, Mina Lobo, and Mrs. Jones as my victims chosen ones. May the force be with us all.

What is the working title of your book? Deliverance.

Where did the idea for the book come from? On one of our drives from Montreal to Connecticut I happened to spot a big farm house very close to the highway. It was surrounded by nothing but trees everywhere I could see, and had a collection of four/five very old tombstones a few feet from its front door. I imagined what I would feel living in that house and the idea for the book started to brew.
What genre does your book fall under? Mystery/Suspense with a paranormal twist.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? 
Megan: Selma Blair

Jason: James Mcavoy
Maggie: Emma Watson
Constance: Betty White (because of her dramatic range, there's no comedy here!)
Nathaniel: Thomas Sangster

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
The town of Deliverance was named after the hope for its people but residing there there's only death.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I'm still considering my options.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I'm still working on it. I have everything mapped out and most of the details resolved, but the manuscript itself is only on chapter 4, some 8000 words long.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
When the Wind Blows by John Saul.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
There are three big layers to this story. First the story of the first settlers arriving to Plymouth and their tragic relationship with the Wampanoag people which brought on a curse over Dighton Rock and the surrounding area. (True story!) (Or at least a real legend.) 

Then, there's the present time story of a horror writer trying to get over the death of her only child. She moves to Deliverance, Ms. without knowing the area has been plagued by the disappearance of women for many years. Is there really a curse on the town's people that only Megan can break? Or is there a serial killer on the loose that has his eyes set on her?

8 comments:

Yolanda Renee said...

Wow, sounds like a great read.

Congratulations and good luck with it!

Lexa Cain said...

I think it's amazing that you know which actors you'd like to play the parts. I never think about that kind of stuff... a movie seems so far off. But I hope your characters get a chance to be heroes in the movies! :-)

Gina said...

Thanks, Yolanda! I'm crossing my fingers with this one ;)

Well, thanks Lexa! Actually, the hardest part of the post was trying to find an actor I could picture in my book. I never have actors in mind, just people like you and me. I can't imagine a story of mine being adapted into a movie, that'd be wild and too far fetch, so I don't. =)

Mina Lobo said...

1. Thanks for the tag! and
2. Your book sounds delightfully creepy!!!!! :-)Mina's Resurrection Blogfest!

Nicole said...

Thanks for the shout out, Gina! And I think Mina nailed it when she said that synopsis sounds delightfully creepy.

Gina said...

Mina and Nicole, I can't wait to see what you have in the works! Thanks for playing. =)

Michael Pierce said...

Your story sounds really interesting and you picked a cool cast to play the characters. Keep us updated as you continue through your first draft! :)

Gina said...

Thanks Michael! Reading y'all great reactions to the story makes me feel even more secure that this one may be my big one. I'll be sure to keep posting updates! =)