The Next Big Thing

Today, for the first time, I’m participating in a blog hop. I was tagged by my friend and fellow writer, Shel Delisle

The hop is called “The Next Big Thing,” and is designed to highlight works-in-progress by writers at any stage, or books that are soon to be released.

Although I’m already on to something new, I’m going to share a little about the book I’m querying at the moment.

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:

What is the working title of your book?

Perfume Princess

Where did the idea come from for the book?

When my daughter was in second grade, she was friends with two sisters who were totally different. It got me thinking about what it would be like to be an ungainly, quiet, and plain girl, with a vibrant, beautiful sister. It’s not too farfetched from my own childhood! My older sister was gorgeous and outgoing, while I was a mousy bookworm. But we loved each other and she was always nice to me, kind of like Lily and Jasmine in my book.

What genre does your book fall under?

Contemporary YA, but definitely on the tween side. It’s an innocent romantic comedy!

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

I’ve always pictured Lily as a very young Amanda Bynes. Like back in the days when she did “What a Girl Wants.”

Her famous, queen-like mother would definitely be a middle-aged Elizabeth Taylor or Joan Collins.

Chase, Lily’s pop-star love interest, could be played by Liam Hemsworth, Justin Bieber, or a member of One Direction! (Harry is my favorite!)

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Two weeks shy of her sixteenth birthday, Lily Laroche Carter is thrown into her mother’s latest perfume campaign, and life goes down the eau de toilette!

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

Right now, I’m pursuing the traditional route.

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

About 7 months, followed by more than a few rounds of revisions!

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

Maybe The Princess Diaries, but the writing style is different.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

That’s an easy one. My daughter and her friends! I love to hang out with them, and everything that happens in Perfume Princess is inspired by their dreams. Their favorite topics are boys (especially pop-stars), make-up, and sweet-sixteen parties!

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The setting.  Lily is a Texan, but the story takes place in New York City, with a trip to Paris! Vivre l’amour!

Now comes the fun part! I’m sending these same 10 questions to the following awesome writers, who will post their answers on their blogs on October 24th. Hope you check them out!:

Lori Eastep

Annie McMahon

Carrie Seymour

Eileen Granfors



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