The ever intriguing Judy Alter tagged me in a game of WIP Tag. Each person tagged gets to answer a few questions about a work-in-progress. I usually don’t talk about things ahead of time, because I don’t want to jinx anything, but I decided to do it this time because I need your help. You can read about Judy’s work-in-progress at her Judy’s Stew blog. I’ll be tagging five more authors and letting you know when they post.
How can you help me? I need a title! As you read on, you’ll see I’m running a mini-contest to name my book. I’m looking forward to hearing your ideas. Who knows? Maybe your title will be on the cover of this book.
What is the title of your book?
I don’t have a title yet. When choosing a title, I always do a Google search on the words to see if anyone else is using the title I’ve come up with. Unfortunately, when I did a Google search, I found there are a few other books out there with similar titles. So my poor little WIP remains unnamed. I can’t tell you how many cups of coffee I’ve snarfed down, trying to come up with a catchy, unique title.
Will you help me? Send me your ideas for a title, and if I use your idea, I’ll send you a free copy of the book once it’s published as a token of my eternal gratitude. I’ll also mention you in the dedication. Does that sound like a deal?
Where did the idea for the book come from?
My mind travels to far and wonderful places, and one of those places is the land of mind reading. I’ve often wondered if it would be shocking and annoying to know what’s on people’s minds. I mean, do I really want to know if a person is looking at my outfit and thinking I’m a fashion reject? Or at a party, do I really want to hear someone thinking, as they smile and nod at me, “She’s so boring! How can I get away from her?” Not really. I’d rather stay in my fantasy world where my clothes look fine and I’m very interesting.
What genre does your book fall under?
It’s a Young Adult mystery with elements of magical realism.
What actors would you choose to play your main characters in a rendition?
The first actor who comes to my mind for Marin Eriksen, the heroine, is Emma Watson. She’s so innocent looking, yet she has that mischievous twinkle in her eye that lets you know something unusual is going to happen. For my bad boy hero, I’d choose Taylor Daniel Lautner, mostly because all the teen girls I know are swooning over him these days.
What is the one sentence synopsis of the book?
Marin Eriksen, a teen with a knack for mind reading, discovers a crime is about to be committed and has to team up with the local bad boy, Brock Hollister, to stop it before it destroys the community she loves.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agent?
I don’t have agent representation. I work directly with my publisher and editor at Turquoise Morning Press.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
This book is many stories layered into one, like a cake with the hidden charms in it. It’s not only a story about a crime about to happen, it’s also a story of tailspins and healing after losing a loved one, of wanting to please the wrong people, of protecting a local heritage, of falling in love for the first time, and of making one’s voice heard when it’s not something people want to hear. It might also make you think about a person’s right to privacy and how many secrets you’d be willing to share with a lover.
What would you name this book?
Please send me your ideas. I’ll try not to check my email obsessively waiting to hear from you.