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Ten Questions for The Next Big Thing

Ten answersI was tagged by Sally Morgan in a blogging chain called The Next Big Thing.

The goal is to answer ten questions about a book that I’ve written.

Now I was unclear at first which book to answer the questions on, so I decided to go with It Never Happened, as this is the book that has been edited the most and is available on Amazon.

Now since this is a chain, once answered, I then tag 5 other authors, and ask them to do the same and so on and so forth.

So, without further ado…

1. What is the working title of your book?

It Never Happened – A Max Cole Story. It’s the first of a trilogy, but this book can be a standalone read as well. The next two books are told by two other characters.

2. Where did the idea for the book come from?

Hmm, this is a difficult thing to answer. I always wanted to write a book, and when I was pregnant with my first child, I had all sorts of crazy ideas and visions, and so I thought – now is the time. Put some of this on paper. Max was easy to start with because she was loosely based on me. Some of that stuff actually happened… Some of that stuff I wish happened to me in high school… etc.

3. What genre does it fall under?

Young Adult. But I’ve been told that it’s relatable to anyone of any age, and as the series continues the characters age, and so the genre does too.

4. What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Back in the day I wrote an entire blog post to this… I have an entire hockey team cast of actors, and eventually I found the most perfect actresses to play the female characters as well. Of course, as the years go by, the actors have aged and the characters have not, so this could be a poor selection, and I may need to rethink. For now, I’ll stick to my guns.

  • Max Cole – Gah, I forget her name, but she’s this blonde (and also redhead) girl in a TV show about becoming the next big idol, and she was also in a horrible made for TV ‘scary’ movie. And I think her initials are AJ (note – it’s Alexz Johnson);
  • Nate Cole – Mark Salling, although I’m not committed to him. I needed someone who was intimidating to look at, and Mark’s mohawk, sold me at the moment, until I find someone better;
  • Drew Adams – Chord Overstreet (I’m committed to him. every time I see Chord, I think, yup, that’s my Drew).

For more, see my Pinterest board on actors for the Characters.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Max deals with high school the way she deals with panic attacks: deep breaths and denial, but denying her brother’s best friend is another thing altogether.

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

It’s currently self-published while I look for an agent.

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

Surprisingly, not long. I think three months maybe? I hand-wrote it first so I wouldn’t be tempted to delete sentences and rewrite, and I wouldn’t be fixated on word/page count. I just wrote. And when the story was finished I typed. 600 pages later and one read-through… I’d say my first draft was complete and it had only been about three months. The editing process has taken years though. Nobody likes their first draft.

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

This is another tricky one, because the current YA fad is paranormal, and there is no fantasy aspect at all about Max’s story. I guess I’m comparable to Sarah Dessen? She’s a fabulous author, so I feel shaky saying that… but I’ve been told that Max’s Story is similar in style to things that Sarah Dessen has written…

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I’m not sure about inspiration, but my husband was the best for encouragement, and my cousin was the best at motivating me. The thing is, once I started writing this story, I got so wrapped into it, so involved… I just couldn’t stop. The characters inspired me to continue, and what was supposed to be one book turned into a trilogy with the potential of spin-offs.

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

Though the story starts at a dark place in a dark time, after the first few chapters Max finds herself in high school for the first time, and so the book mostly takes place there. But the other most common place in the book is the hockey arena. There’s a lot of hockey, and a lot of good looking athletes. Sure, it may be a stereotype, but I tried to paint my jocks with manners and respect – they are polite and courteous and reach out to help when they can. Yes, they may be jocky and playful with each other on and off the ice, but when it comes to others, they don’t have the stereotypical jock behaviour – and for that, I’m proud.

I’ve tagged the following authors who I’ve been fortunate enough to meet and befriend on Authonomy (the famous slush pile run by Harper Collins).

These people are not only fabulous authors and friends, but they’ve helped me to grow as a writer as well.

Claire C Riley –
Julie Rainey –
Michael Matula –
K A Perkins –
Chris Bostic –

Join my awesome community!

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  1. A wonderful book, and I’m very proud to own a copy. (An especially rare first edition, even, with a “variant” cover)


    And thank you for tagging me, Jac! I’ll start working on my own answers soon.

    • bah – the variant cover! what a terrible fail that was lol I may as well have spelled my name wrong… sigh. It’s fixed. That’s good. How are you enjoying it so far? I know you’re super busy promoting not one but THREE books at the same time, so if you have found any time to read at all, I’d be mighty impressed 😀

      • I’ve loved everything I’ve read so far, but you’re right, the promotion is taking it’s toll. My books need to start promoting themselves at some point, so I can get my free time back. That’ll happen someday, right?

        • I hoped someone else would do that… what you need to do is, pay someone, or marry someone who can do that sorta thing 😉

          • Danny Brown Danny Brown

            There’s pay involved?

          • for the agent. not for the spouse.

  2. Oh man… you picked some of the authors i was going to choose. Arg! I guess it’s a case of great minds and all that eh! ;0)

    • LOL I know – the hard part for me was not finding great authors, but finding great authors who also have blogs. I would love to have tagged more people like Lucy Middlemass, David P. Singer-Carter, and K. Scott A. Butcher but sigh, no blogs.

      I need to invest in an initial or two… look how classy those names are, Miss Claire C. Riley

  3. Very nice answers Queen Jac. 🙂 I’m so exited to see your book on the ED! Yea!

    • Thanks Princess – love the royalty here… I’m looking forward to your answers…

      oh and let’s hope I can stay on ED, I do so look forward to meeting him… did I mention I like to pretend the Editor’s Desk is a dude named Ed? It makes it less scary a place to be

  4. Roger Whissel Roger Whissel

    I hope that rare first edition will be worth a lot of money some day.

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