The Next Big Thing

Author Wende Dikec tagged me to answer a few questions about my work in progress, and you know I’ll never turn down an opportunity to talk about my books, so here we go!

What is your working title of your book?


Where did the idea come from for the book?

At a previous job, we got a delivery of a large piece of equipment one day. While one of my coworkers tried to unload the equipment, the rest of us chatted up the truck driver. He mentioned that his young son was with him, and of course we were curious about that, so he explained how he’d gotten custody of the boy (the mother had some serious issues) who now rode around the country with him, and he homeschooled him as they traveled. That’s how I got the idea for my protagonist, Natalie. I just had to wait a few months for the rest of the idea to take shape.

What genre does your book fall under?

Young Adult/Contemporary Fantasy

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

Natalie – Nina Dobrev
Ollie (Natalie’s cousin) – Nicholas Hoult
Liam (Natalie’s friend & mentor) – Kevin Zegers

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Sixteen-year-old Natalie Verbeck finds herself drawn to her dangerous family legacy, but she discovers that the cost of saving her family and friends might be too much to bear.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I’m represented by Marlene Stringer of The Stringer Literary Agency.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I was working on other manuscripts while writing SHATTER AND FALL, so it took about a year.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?


Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Once Natalie popped into my head as a character, I knew she had a story, I just didn’t know what it was yet. Figuring it out was more of a long slog than a burst of inspiration, but I did have one particularly magical moment. The day after I started writing SHATTER AND FALL, my husband took me to a bar right by our house. It was my first visit (not my last–I would later work there)  and I happened to sit next to a very chatty guy. Turns out he had been a career truck driver, so that was a very fruitful night for me!

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Natalie’s been all over the country, but once she lands back in her hometown, she finds that there’s a lot she doesn’t know about one small city–and even more she doesn’t know about her family and herself.

Tagging Amy Spade, author of Hope Rising and one of my students, up next!

Other “Next Big Thing” participants:

Wende Dikec

Jen K. Blom

3 thoughts on “The Next Big Thing

    1. You’ll know as soon as I know! Currently waiting to hear my agent’s thoughts on my most recent revision.

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