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The Next Big Thing!


Thanks Lauren for tagging me in The Next Big Thing meme–this has been one I’ve enjoyed reading on other blogs! (Including Jaye’s, which you all should check out. She did her post on Sing to the Wind, which comes out in 2014!) Lauren’s Next Big Thing is about her new young adult WIP titled DIVE. How awesome of a title is that?!

What is the working title of your book?


What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

After a tribe of his own kind, Cadaver Dogs, slaughters Jacob’s village, he’s left to fend for himself in the desert filled world of the future.

What genre does your book fall under?

CD is (in my mind) post-apocalyptic YA.

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

Honestly, I’ve never been one to think too hard on actors for my characters, but I can post pictures about Jacob’s most striking feature- his eyes. In CD, all Cadaver Dogs have beautiful amber eyes, much like a dogs.

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

I am represented by the dream-agent Emmanuelle Morgen of the Stonesong Agency.

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

Hmm, if I’m remembering correctly, it took me a few months to write the first draft of CD. Since then, it has gone through a few major revisions, each taking about a month to complete.

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

I gave the comp. title of The Forest of Hands and Teeth when I was querying. It has a similar feel of a journey book.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I was inspired by two thoughts before I started writing CD. The first was the question of: What would the world look like if a drought swept over the earth and never went away? And the second was: What if people could smell as well as dogs?

Interestingly, I had never heard the term ‘cadaver dog’ before. I heard it on the news one night and immediately started researching. These dogs are trained to locate human remains and are used in disaster areas- how incredible is that?!

Over the past year, I’ve enjoyed researching the dog’s scenting abilities and figuring out how to incorporate that into my writing.

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

Most obviously, I think the unique setting and the fact that much of my book centers around Jacob’s scent abilities will interest readers. But my very favorite part of the book is a small girl named Sam who has a very big secret…but I’m going to refrain from saying anything more on that 😉

And now it’s time for me to tag another writer! I’m passing the torch onto my lovely super-CP Ari Susu-Mago whose writing always gives me the chills.

Writing is Like…

K.V. Briar tagged me in a meme and I am in love with this one!  The meme is to think of a metaphor for writing.  KV likened her writing to blowing on dandelion fluff, which I think is a beautiful metaphor.

For me, writing is like a mesmerizing tapestry.


Tapestries weave together colorful strands of yarn and twine to tell a story.  Weavers spend years on their work, crafting a flawless tale and perfectly placing each strand next to the others.  For me, writing is like this.  There are hundreds of strands to each story I write, and placing them together takes focus, courage, and deep love for the craft.  And hopefully, the end product is beautiful and whole, just like the picture above 🙂

And the people I’m tagging are…

  1. L. Carroll
  2. Ash
  3. Robyn
  4. Jack Flacco

I can’t wait to see what you guys write!  (Even if I didn’t tag you, you should post on this because it’s awesome!)


Angela tagged me and because I like fun questions, I’m participating and passing it on!

Do you think you’re hot?
Yes! Particularly because it’s triple digits here and our house refuses to cool off to a decent temperature.  Is that what this question meant? No? Well, then I’m still saying yes (because Cale told me to 🙂

Upload a picture or wallpaper that you’re using at the moment.
I like to use pictures from National Geographic.  They’re the best!  (They’re one of my favorite to follow on Twitter)

When was the last time you ate chicken meat?
I had chicken with pasta a day ago.  Chicken is my favorite meat, yum.

The song(s) you listened to recently. 
I was just listening to Mumford & Sons in the car, but the CD I most often listen to is the most recent Maroon 5 CD.

What were you thinking as you were doing this? 
That I didn’t get my writing goal finished for today. A break every now and then is okay, right?

Do you have nicknames? What are they?
My sister calls me Julian and I’ve been called Jules on occasion, but otherwise, I am not a fan of nicknames.

Tag 8 blogger friends…
(I clearly need to make some new blogger friends because I keep tagging the same people in these things).

  1. JC Martin
  2. Christie Koester
  3. Kate Larkindale
  4. Deana Barnhart
  5. Tanya Reimer
  6. Ryan G.
  7. Sophia
  8. Rebecca Enzor

Who’s listed as No. 1?
JC! She did an amazing edit of my query for Rupert and is now one of my favorite blogs to visit.

Say something about No. 5
Tanya was one of my very first followers and has an awesome post up about eyes and body language in writing.  Go check it out.

How did you get to know No. 3?
Through her blog…of course.  I also had the privilege of getting to know her through her writing (through her WIP TailLights).

How about No. 4.
For those of you who don’t follow Deana, you need to.  She has an amazing blogfest coming up that I am really looking forward to.  Go sign up!  (She also has one of my favorite backgrounds on her blog, lol)

Leave a message for No. 6
I love your posts…well, I love the one post you have and I’ve decided you needs to post more, so here’s your incentive!

Leave a lovey dovey message for No. 2.
Send me the rest of your WIP!  I want to know what happens to Ella and who her man ends up being! (That was more insisting than lovey dovey).  The recipes you post always look incredibly delicious, especially the most recent salmon one, yummm (was that any better?)

Do No. 7 and No. 8 have any similarities?
They’re friends!  I’m not sure if that’s a similarity though…but I did find Rebecca’s blog through Sophia’s 🙂

Irresistibly Sweet

The wonderful Sophia Chang has given me my first blog award!  I am honored 🙂

Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award

The rules:

  1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.
  2. Share four guilty pleasures that you have.
  3. Pass the award on to six other blogs.

Four guilty pleasures:

  1. Running at the trails with Cale and my dogs.  I honestly can’t think of a better way to spend a day than this.
  2. Reading in the bath.  At least three nights out of the week I can be found relaxing in a hot bath with a good book.
  3. Scouring J.Crew’s for good sale items.
  4. Scrapbooking while talking with my family on the phone 🙂

I’m assuming I can’t send this back to you, Sophia, so here are 6 other fabulous bloggers:

  1. Letitia Englund
  2. Angela Perry
  3. Gabriela Lessa
  4. Pia Bernardino
  5. K.M. Weiland
  6. Chuck Wendig

For those of you who like interviews AND winning things, here’s an interview with Chris Grabenstein and a chance to win one of his books, “The Crossing”: