Saturday, August 25, 2012

Be Inspired Blogshop Meme

I was tagged by Amanda Olivieri, and it must have been a mistake. Or else she doesn’t know yet how much I love to talk about my novel. Sit down, grab some skittles or something to munch on, because there is no way I won’t talk too much here.

1. What is the name of your book?

Spider Silk

2. Where did the idea for your book come from?
Sometimes, when I can’t get to sleep, I indulge myself with story plots. Usually they’re a one-night venture, full of clichés and cheesiness and romance more gushy and cute and unrealistic than anything I’d actually put in a manuscript (not that there’s anything wrong with gushy and cute). Also, *cough* it may s
ometimes morph into mental fanfiction, about books/movies/shows I’ve liked lately.

Spider Silk’s premise actually started as one of these falling-asleep plots, but one that was more plausible than others. A boy had to team up with a girl who used to be his worst enemy, to save another world. It stuck around for a few nights, and I really, really liked it. Then one day I doodled a spider-girl, and she fit in this plot, and so the saga began. I still have that doodle. And I still really, really like the plot.

3. In what genre would you classify your book?
YA Fantasy
. My gut says Epic Fantasy, to be specific, but it does involve inter-world travel and is told from the POV of a modern teenage boy, so… *shrug* Based on that, maybe some would disagree?

4. If you had to pick actors to play your characters in a movie rendition, who would you choose?
Not sure off the top of my head. Maybe some new faces? I guess the best answer is, whoever feels right. Whoever could portray the characters the way I’ve always pictured. I have fantasized about this, as alluded to in this
post, but I’ve never attached big names to the daydream. Partially because I feel like anyone I pick now would be wretchedly old/no longer suitable by the time my book got published, let alone turned into a movie.

5. Give us a one-sentence synopsis of your book.
After five years of interrogations, therapy, and rumors of mental instability, seventeen-year-old David Archer’s adventure in another world seems almost as unreal to him as it does to everyone else—until his worst enemy comes to Earth and claims to need his help.
Bleh. That’s actually close to the first bit of my rough query-letter-in-progress (meshed together a bit to fit the one-sentence rule), but I don’t think it does the story justice. Long story short…

Boy who was once a hero teams up with his worst enemy to save another world.

That better?

6. Is your book already published?

No. I’d say ‘I wish’, but if it were published as it is now, I’d probably crawl in a hole and die. I still have quite a bit of revision to do. -_-

7. How long did it take you to write your book?

Finished the 120,000 word rough draft in two and a half months—NaNo pace.

Revision slays me though, and I’ve been side-tracked with other projects + school. That rough draft is years old now (and awful). My current rewrite started… 12-2-11. … I get distracted. And I’ve been going back to fix things, and—and--*hides face and types faster*

Does it seem better if I say I have the other four books basically fully plotted? XD

8. What other books within your genre would you compare it to? Or, readers of which books would enjoy yours?
I don’t want to say Narnia, because Narnia is Narnia, and I can’t call my book Narnia because it’s NARNIA.

So, I’m going to say it will appeal to anyone who’s ever loved the idea that someone ordinary could stumble into another world and become a hero. And anyone who ever wondered what could happen afterward.

Also, perhaps Graceling by Kristin Cashore, because Viss Arach’s got the whole ‘forced to kill since childhood’ thing going on—I MEAN—is a strong female character. ;)

I think there’s a certain nostalgia factor involved in Spider Silk. It’s a different spin on the kind of book everyone’s read at least one of. Some of the first books I ever loved involved portals to other worlds, and Spider Silk kind of draws on those memories. A lot of people have liked the premise, and I’d like to think it’s for similar reasons.

9. Which authors inspired you to write this book?

All of ‘em.

C.S. Lewis, because NARNIA.

Any author who ever wrote about other worlds, and the kids who move between them.

But… Honestly no one really specific. It’s not like the idea came while I was in the middle of a certain book. It’s a mish-mash of ideas putting a spin on a common fantasy trope. *shrug*

10. Tell us anything that might pique our interest in your book.

Viss Arach is a sarcastic ex-assassin with spider-powers who is secretly a nerd. David Archer’s a writer. There are ancient castles and rebel cities in ancient forests and festivals and folklore and betrayal and swords and executions and—

I’d better just cut this off here, or this blog post will end up being five pages long.

11. Tag five people!

Amanda, at Truth, Justice, & Other Stuff – My lovely crit partner. ;D

Amy, at A Story of a Dreamer -- A while back she posted a short story on her blog, and I realized how GOOD she is. I'd love to hear more about her novel. *pokes Amy*

Maggie & Constance, at Twin Moment -- Two lovely gals I've been following a while. ^^ ... Online, not in a stalker-ish way. XD

Olivia, at Olivia's Opinions -- I know her premise, and I'd love to hear more about her novel. :)

Also, a Notice: So right now, I have started college. Freshman year, panic setting in, etc. etc. etc. My schedule may be…uh…hectic. So. I will try to keep posts regular. XD

Does Spider Silk sound like something you’d read? Did you have any favorite books in your childhood that involved portals to other worlds? Will you be participating in this blog meme? Feel free, even if you’re not tagged!


  1. Firstly, I'M THE BIGGEST YOU LIKE ME BEST. XP Secondly, thanks for tagging me, because I've been at a complete loss for blog post topics. ^_^ And thirdly…I REALLY like the plot too. =)

    I feel the same way about the wretchedly old actors thing—I've certainly kept my eye out for anyone who resembles my characters, but they'll all be way too old to pass for the age they're supposed to be if/when anything cinematic happens. =/ Ooh, and I actually like both of your one-sentence summaries—they both intrigue me in different ways. ^_^

    YES SPIDER SILK SOUNDS LIKE SOMETHING I WOULD READ WANT TO READ NOW. XP Favorite portal book…? Narnia! ^_^ If childhood=like 16 years old. It was almost four years ago, I was so young and naive. XD Aaand…yep. =)

    1. Oops, not sure why it switched up the font and stuff on me. XD But... If it makes you that excited... I will leave it!*

      *note, everyone else, this does not mean I actually like Amanda best, I love everyone equally, but let's just let her HAVE this, ok?

  2. This is great! This "I don’t want to say Narnia, because Narnia is Narnia, and I can’t call my book Narnia because it’s NARNIA." made me chuckle-- too funny! XD

    Anyway. Your premise has intrigued me. I love how you just drew a spider girl and knew she was for your story. I doodle characters, too, and I feel like the same thing has happened to me before, though I don't think that story ever came to anything.

    Thanks for the tag! I may just break down and do this...

  3. I love Viss. I could read an entire book just of Viss Sayings. (hey, not a bad companion book idea)
    Stories of "person thrown into a different world" is always interesting to me. Yours has unique take on it I think, particularly since David has already been there.
    I look forward to the day it's finished.

  4. *cries* This is the saddest post ever. BECAUSE NOW I WANT TO READ THIS. AND YOU TAGGED ME SO NOW I HAVE TO BLOG. YOU HATE ME, DON'T YOU? *throws self to floor and wails*
    Ahem. Dramatics aside, this sounds wicked awesome and I may forever bug you to let me be on the beta list. *innocent smile*

    I love Narnia! And...yeah. I can't think of any more right now, so. Harry Potter? I mean, it's not QUITE a portal...But it sorta is. So...yeah.

    *coughs* *grumbles* *mumbles* Yes, I'll be participating. *cough*You fiend*cough*

  5. 'Spider Silk' is an awesome title, btw. And it sounds like an awesome story!

    Although I am terrified of spiders. If I had to team up with a spider-girl to save the world, I'd be like, no thanks, the world can go die and meanwhile let me find a gigantic boot. LOL.

    I didn't realize you "knew" so many bloggers I follow. *hits follow button* College writers ftw. :)

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