Monday, March 25, 2013

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

First, I'd like to wish a very happy birthday to my father-in-law! <3

Second is this:

My good friend Lauren Spieller tagged me for this blog hop, which I'm happy to do again because it means I get to talk about myself. :D

What is the working title of your book? 

The Paper Magician

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? 

Forced to give up her dreams of enchanting metal to become a paper magician, Ceony spends two days apprenticing under Magician Thane  before his angry lover literally rips his heart out, leaving her to save his life.

What genre does your book fall under? 

Young Adult Fantasy. Could call it YA Romantic Fantasy, though we're staying chastely on the Jane Austen side of romance.

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

For Ceony, Emma Stone. Though I might be biased because of her hair color.

Picture from...
I actually found a photo on Pinterest that's incredibly close to what my protagonist looks like. :)

Magician Thane was harder to pinpoint, but Brandon Hillock is pretty close.

Photo From...

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

Aiming for agency/publisher.

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

Uh... a month-ish. Not sure on exact time.

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

Dianna Wyn Jones's Howl's Moving Castle. It was my inspiration.

Who or what inspired you to write this book? 

Part one was Howl's Moving Castle. After I got the idea for the book, I wanted it to have the same feel.

I had wanted to write a book that included a character who could enchant origami for a while. In my head I always saw him as a side-character to another story, but then on a long trip from Salt Lake City to Moscow I came up with an idea that made the book entirely about folding paper. :)

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

It's really short. That means less commitment. ;) And my protagonist is about a millimeter tall for the bulk of the story.

Anyone who wants to do this hop should, and then link me to their post! Always interesting to learn about others' books. However, I am going to specifically call out Hayley Stone for this one. TELL ME YOUR SECRETS!


  1. I only saw the movie but I love Howl's Moving Castle. The story for Paper Magician has me hooked. I wish you the best with getting this book published. I'll try to do a Next Big Thing post this week (next week is A-Z blog challenge) but no promises.

  2. I'm glad to see other people use 'romantic fantasy'. I've been using it to describe my book but was afraid it wasn't a legitimate description.

  3. Love Howl's Moving Castle too. Thanks for sharing about your story. It sounds good.

  4. I love reading your updates! Can't wait to buy your books!

  5. Wow, this really sounds interesting.
    Best of luck! :)