Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Next Big Thing--Week 15

The Next Big Thing is a chance for authors around the world to tell you what they're working on--their next novel. The author answers several questions about their next novel and tagged other authors. So I was very excited when Melissa Pearl, author of The Time Spirit Trilogy and Betwixt (released Nov. 5), tagged me. 

What is the working title of your book?

Screwing Up Babylon.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

When I begin a novel, the inciting incident is usually a mental image with tremendous energy. With this novel, I saw a young woman in a red dress standing on a castle turret. Then, she faded away. At first I thought she was a ghost. But when I started writing the novel, I realized she was a time traveler.

What genre does your book fall under?

Screwing Up Babylon is the second in a series of time travel YA novels. It’s a combination of action/adventure, comedy, and a little romance.

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

I’m actually faceblind, so I don’t think of my characters as particular actors. And I don’t cut out photos from magazines like many authors do. So to answer this question, I viewed lots of web photos of actors and actresses, and I realized that my characters weren’t as gorgeous as actors and actresses usually are. But if I had to pick actors, I’d say that Henry/Mark looks most like Tyler Posey while Miranda looks like AnnaSophia Robb. Kate looks like Jennifer Connelly. And Granddad looks like an older Alan Rickman. Finally, Peter is a taller, white-haired version of John Malkovich.


 Jennifer Connelly as Kate                            Tyler Posey as Mark                      AnnaSophia Robb
                                                                                                                            as Miranda

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? 
When Mark discovers that his girlfriend Miranda has been kidnapped and given as a concubine to the king of Babylon, Mark does whatever it takes to rescue her.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It will be self-published and released in October.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The first book took a year. The second book took about 8 months.

Who or What inspired you to write this book? 
The mental image of Miranda wearing a red gown and standing on castle turret at night.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The first book in the series, Screwing Up Time, was a quarterfinalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

Here are some wonderful writers whose work I want to share with you. They are contributors to the Winter Wonders anthology that will be published in early December 2012. (I'll have a Screwing Up Time short story in that anthology.)

Here are links to other authors who will be participating next week. These writers also will have short stories in the upcoming anthology Winter Wonders. Check out their blogs and their books!

Heather McCorkle, author of To Ride a Puca, The Secret of Spruce Knoll, Channeler's Choice, and more.

Christine Fonseca, author of Lacrimosa, Dies Irae, Transend, and more.

Tina Moss, author of A Touch of Blackness and Code Black.

And if you want to know more about Winter Wonders, click here.


  1. Sounds like a great story. I love everything about time travel.

  2. Sounds like a wonderful story... Faceblindness eh?? Do you mean you don't recall faces well?

  3. Pat,

    Face blindness is also called "prosopagnosia." It has to do with the inability to recognize faces, even of those close to you. Here's more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosopagnosia

  4. Great work. I really like your choice of actors too. I always find it fascinating to see who people picture as characters in their books. It's awesome :)

  5. For someone who's faceblind, you made some interesting picks. I'm not making fun of you; if I took the same test, I wonder if I would be faceblind, or at least face nearsighted

  6. Very cool premise! And I, too, like your casting choices. Here's hoping Screwing up Babylon is the next big thing! Are you going to the amazon contest again?

  7. What a wonderfully striking image of the girl in the red dress!

    The Screwing Up series sounds very cool.

    :) Heidi