Cory Skerry tagged me in his Next Big Thing blog post and told me to talk about my WIP, then tag other authors and ask them to talk about their WIPs.
Answering these questions was difficult because “work-in-progress” is a stretch. What I describe below is more of a work-barely-conceived. But it’s the thing I’m currently obsessing over so here you go.
Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing
1. What is the title of your Work in Progress?
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
I’m interested in hoarding and collecting and how we imbue objects with magical properties through our connections to them. I tried to express some of my ideas around this in a story at Clarion West but between the one-week deadline and the specter of George R. R. Martin hovering over my shoulder while I typed, they came out all misshapen and half-baked. After the workshop I decided to scrap the story and try a fresh take with a novel in mind.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
Contemporary fantasy. Maybe YA, maybe not.
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Ev is a girl with a knack for finding trash and selling it as treasure at the Chinatown Night Market. After way too much time fruitlessly Google-searching Asian actresses, I finally settled on an eighteen year-old version of Sook-Yin Lee. This has less to do with her acting skills and more to do with her real-life awesomeness.
Audie is the Protector of All Things Shiny. OR she’s a crazy hoarder lady. Depends who you ask. I imagine her played by Emma Thompson but if pressed I’d also concede to Helena Bonham-Carter.
5. What is a one-sentence synopsis of the book?
A junk seller and a hoarder clash over a collection of magical objects.
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Get an agent is Plan A. I haven’t really thought beyond Plan A.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Um. I haven’t actually started the writing part yet. But the first draft will totally be finished by the end of this year.
8. What other books would you compare this story to in your genre?
Cory’s already eating cupcakes with Holly Black, so I’ll say it’d be swell to be compared to the likes of Charles de Lint, Francesca Lia Block or Hiromi Goto.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
When I was in Seattle this summer, a group of us went on an early Sunday morning walk. I watched one of my new friends interact with her environment as we toured UW campus. The attention she paid to colors, textures, shapes and smells was captivating. Everything was touched and deeply appreciated. I walked. She engaged in a reciprocal relationship with the world. It made me think about how human love and appreciation for an object gives it value. Which led to thoughts about what happens when objects absorb so much emotion, positive or negative, that they begin to take on a life of their own. And how might such objects react when they come into contact with a person hyper-attuned to that life?
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s set in Vancouver, because I love fantasies set in real-life cities and because I think Vancouver could use a little more magic. Also, it’s the first novel I’ve written that does not contain fairies.
Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged.
I’m tagging a few of my favourite writer friends, who now have a week (give or take) to post their answers.
Blythe Woolsten is a sublime human and also the author of Freak Observer and Catch and Release.
Karen Woodward writes urban fantasy and blogs extensively about the business and craft of writing fiction.
Kim Aippersbach posts fabulous YA & MG book reviews over at Dead Houseplants and writes stories too, when she doesn’t have her nose in a book.