Next Big Thing

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Recently, Kate Hart of YA Highway and Twitter Field Trip Friday fame tagged me in a writing meme – “Next Big Thing”.  After a grueling week at the office grindstone, I needed a short (read 365 days) break.  So I’ve decided to stop long enough to play along.

Here goes…

What’s the working title for your book?
Raven Academy. It’s Book 1 in a middle grade series I’m planning. And no it’s not a magical school for wizards and witches. This is the only book that takes place in a school setting. :)

What is the one sentence synopsis for your book?
A 13-year-old boy discovers he’s a member of a secret society of time travelers from another world who’ve built their society by studying Earth’s history and that he’s been hidden in Earth’s timeline by his own people to protect his future and the future of his world.

What genre does your book fall under?
Time Travel/Fantasy

What other books would you compare your story to in your genre?
Sadly, nothing comes to mind. But maybe that’s actually a good thing! *fingers-crossed*

Where did the idea come from for your book?
I’ve always been fascinated by time travel. And family secrets. The idea came to me in college while I was studying philosophy and contemplating the notion of freedom and the struggle between the individual and society’s needs. There’s also a deep family thread in the story that likely arose from my experience growing up in a family with our own secrets “private history”.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I never really think about books in terms of movies. I’ve got nothing.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I intend to work with an agency, but that could change in the future.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? May we see an intro?
I’d rather not say. Let’s just agree it’s taken me longer than it could have. As for the intro, I’d be happy to share it. Just ask!

What else about your book might pique a reader’s interest?
Mystery, family secrets, cover-ups, danger, ravens, time travel, friendship and self-discovery.

Tagging: Alina Klein, Michele Shaw, Jennifer Walkup

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10 Responses to Next Big Thing

  1. Michele Shaw says:

    Glad to hear the pitch for your book, John! Sounds awesome! Thanks for the tag.:)

  2. Your book sounds incredibly intriguing! I love time-travel tales too (even though…or maybe it’s because of the fact that…it is impossible, or at least currently thought to be by most leading physicists). My SF critique group is putting together an e-anthology of time travel stories (5 of them) and we’ll be self-publishing it and donating all proceeds (it’s 99 cents for the anthology) to charity. It was fun coming up with a short story for that. :)

  3. Thanks, John! I’ll keep you posted on it; it should be out late January or early Feb. And I’m crossing all my fingers for you that you’ll find a publisher for your book really soon!

  4. Alina says:

    Your book sounds amazing, John! Thanks for tagging me. Not sure exactly when I can play along, but I will try to make it soon. :)

  5. Jennifer Walkup says:

    I thought I responded to this last week. I meant to! Your book sounds great. I knew you wrote MG but didn’t know the premise. Sounds like an awesome adventure! And thanks for tagging me. I am certainly going to try and do this sooner or later!:)

  6. Time travel adventure for ALL OF THE WINS!

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