Sunday, March 31, 2013

Work In Progress

This idea sounded beneficial to my sanity.

Let me explain.....

When people find out you're a writer, they always, always, always, always want to know about your books.  No, I'm not exaggerating. The dentist has asked me about my novels.

I found this on the blog of a fellow College Plus student and English major. By filling this out, I may be able to eliminate some of the long, dreary explanations I've had to give concerning my current work in progress. I'll just give people this webpage if the want to know, right? Righttt?

So, without further adieu, here goes!

What is the working title of your book? Reaching Home. 

Where did the idea come from for the book?
 A dear friend sent me a paragraph about the town she currently lives in. She described a few of the colorful people she'd met, and I fell in love with the idea of developing them. 

What genre does your book fall under? Young adult fiction, Christian fiction, and contemporary.  

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? .....This is not a question to ask a homeschooler. I have no idea. 

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book? A dissatisfied teenager searches for a place to belong after leaving the only home she's ever loved. 

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I would love to be published by an agency. 

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? 27 days.... and believe it or not, I'm coming very close to having finished a third draft! :)

What other books would you compare this story to in your genre? I could see an odd mixture of Anne of Green Gables, Pollyanna, Stepping Heavenward....and I'm not sure what else, but definitely more. 

Who or what inspired you to write this book? Wow, that's hard to say. First, my head is full of ideas for books that I've collected over the years. God has blessed me with the gift of creativity in that arena. But sometimes I feel Him giving me a temporary red light or detour on one or more of those ideas. 
My friend's paragraph sparked an idea which I developed. But it wasn't until God inspired the two sentences, "I want to go home," and "I'm going home" (both of which are core in my novel), that I really saw Him giving me the green light. So in a sense, many different things inspired this novel. 

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? It's fun, full of some of the most colorful characters, a novel teens will easily identify with, and most of all, it shows a picture of our journey towards home.  

I hope you've had fun reading about my current work in progress! I've certainly had fun writing it. Now, I know there will be many who will question if they will ever be able to read it. Yes! If you pester me enough after I finish my final draft, it is likely that I will indeed let you read it. 

Waiting patiently for Spring.... and signing off!

Stephanie



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