The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop celebrates what writers are working on or what they have coming up next. Welcome to my stop!

I was tagged by fellow Apocalypse Lynne Kelly author of Chained. See what her next big thing is HERE. I’ve been working on a couple of projects over the last year, but in November I dropped all of them for my current work in progress. I’m excited to answer questions about it today!

1: What is the working title of your book?  THE BOY PREDICTION (Notes and Observations of Tabitha Reddy)

2: Where did the idea come from for the book? The idea for this book came from response to my first book.  The readers wanted to read more funny books about middle school relationships. Since I felt like Kara’s (the MC for my first book) story had already been told, this book is told from the point of view of Tabbi, Kara’s best friend.  Kara will still be in it though!

3: What genre does your book come under? Humorous middle grade.

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? I’ve never thought about that! I think someone like a young Selena Gomez would make a good Tabbi, but

she’d have to cut her hair and dye it blonde!

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?   The Boy Prediction is a funny book about a girl who tries to predict the identity of her future boyfriend by using fortune cookies, cootie catchers, and even an algebra class project to point her in the direction of the one.

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency? This book is going to be published by Scholastic, like my first book. It is represented by the wonderful Rosemary Stimola.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? I’m still working on it …but hoping to finish soon. I think it will take me about three months.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? A lot of people compared my last book to The Dork Diaries, but I think this is because they are both funny books told from the point of view of a middle school girl, and both have drawings. Stylistically, the books are different. I can see why people who like funny books about girls would like both.

My old diaries!

My old diaries!

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book? My middle school and high school diaries inspired me to write my first book, so in a way they inspired this book too. But another source of information comes from my children. I had one child in middle school when I wrote my first book and my youngest child is in middle school now. Hearing their stories about what they deal with on a day to day basis helps me bring humor into the stories.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? A cupcake that causes a surprising break-up, a disaster that results in deep friendship, and crazy scenes and sketches!

Thanks for checking out what I’m working on! Be sure to stop by the blogs of these fabulous authors who allowed me to tag them for next week: Anne Marie Pace, Kathy Erskine, Amy Carol Reeves, and also back here for Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. See what they’re working on Wednesday, February 27 !