Week 18: The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

I’m excited to be part of the Next Big Thing blog hop. I was tagged by a wonderful writer, Lisa Koosis, Who answered the same ten questions on her own blog, writingonthinice.blogspot.com, last Wednesday.

What is the working title of your book? LIFE-LIKE
Where did the idea come from for the book? The story originated from an essay about loss. I had a miscarriage and couldn’t deal with writing about real life so my mentor at the time Rachel Resnick suggested I write fiction. The original first draft was a short story was about a dimension jumping dragon who haunts a little girl and ultimately falls in love with her and tries to be born as her baby but dies.  After a year of working on the story , and many changes, there is no dragon,and the story became about Liv.
What genre does your book fall under? Young Adult, high concept the rest is up for grabs. Spritiual, paranormal, or magical realism.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? This is easy, I’ve been thinking about this for a while:

Liv: Olivia Thirlby

Maude: Rachel Weisz

Robert: Ian Somerhalder

Mary: Blake Lively

English: Blake Lively at the 2011 Time 100 gala.
English: Blake Lively at the 2011 Time 100 gala. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Charlie: Emile Hirsch

Emile Hirsch at the premiere of Speed Racer at...
Emile Hirsch at the premiere of Speed Racer at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? This is where I fall apart- sorry. Here are a few short sentences: Liv is dead.  She just doesn’t know it.  And she will have to relive the eighteenth of December again and again to figure it out.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I’m querying agents now.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? Once I figured out the story it took one year to have a complete first draft.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver and ELSEWHERE by Gabrielle Zevin.
Who or What inspired you to write this book? The compulsion is all mine.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? That’s a loaded question. I hope readers identify with Liv and like the writing. If you want to know more- here you go:

Liv wakes up Tuesday, December eighteenth believing the worst part of her day will be midterms. She has no idea in a few short hours she and her mother will be obliterated by an oncoming car in front of her high school. Liv mistakenly turns away from heaven’s light and lands in a self-constructed limbo where she is forced to relive the last day or her life and death over and over again.

Liv’s mother, Maude, a flighty artist in life, regrets her selfish parenting style and enters Liv’s limbo hoping save her. Unfortunately, Maude begins decomposing.

As Liv seeks a solution to her outrageous dilemma, she encounters a dead girl with a distinct drinking problem, a Goth tarot reader who reads Liv’s future with uncanny accuracy, a stalker who turns out to be the instrument of Liv’s death, a conspiracy of ravens who are actually angels, and a dead man who has come for her mother.

Liv’s attempts to change events of the day don’t save anyone, and Liv must move on or risk suffering a horrible eternal afterlife.

Tagged for next week – you’re it!

Kimberely Griffiths Little www.kimberleygriffithslittle.com

Amy E. Robertson www.amyiswriting.com

Ann Eisentein http://www.anneisenstein.com

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  1. I always find myself fascinated by the inspiration for books, and I loved getting this little peak into the behind-the-scenes of your book, Holly. I’m especially intrigued by the journey your story took from being about a dimension-jumping dragon to the book it evolved into. Wow. It’s amazing how that happens, isn’t it?

    Thank you for doing this with me! 🙂

    1. Lisa,
      Thanks for including me in your blog hop. I must say that LIFE-LIKE took so many turns, if I told you them all you may burst out laughing. It went from a dimension jumping dragon to a group of dead who follow families home after funerals to partake in the food, and of course they liked Jewish funerals best because it was always about the food at those events but the griefstricken didn’t eat much so there was always plenty to scavenge in teh trash, then one other jump- where Liv’s father was adding a second floor onto the house so the family could provide a home and address for the homeless, except the dead came over and they were far more ominous, to ultimately Liv being trapped in limbo. Do you remember when Kendra Levin suggested that I repeat the day? That took my mind months to wrestle with, how was I going to take Groundhogs Day and make it mine and original? I hope I did.

      1. It’s amazing to me how a story evolves until you find just the right story that you want to tell. I remember Kendra’s suggestion about repeating the day. She was such a fabulous teacher. I keep hoping she’ll teach another Media Bistro class one of these days.

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