I’m honored to have been tagged by the always delightful Vikki at The View Outside with the WIP Challenge. Thanks Vikki!
In this challenge I’m supposed to answer some questions about my book/WIP (Work In Progress) and tag other writers to do the same.
1. WHAT IS THE TITLE OF YOUR BOOK/WIP?
HitList is a fictional website where members kiss and tell about their…[ahem] romantic exploits.
2. WHERE DID THE IDEA FOR THE WIP COME FROM?
The first two sentences popped into my head one night just before going to bed. When I woke up, I was shocked (and a little disturbed) to discover there was a whole book attached.
3. WHAT GENRE WOULD YOUR WIP FALL UNDER?
Commercial fiction for adults or edgy YA (for an older teen audience)
4. WHICH ACTORS WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO PLAY YOUR CHARACTERS IN A MOVIE RENDITION?
That’s a tough call. The three main characters are 17-18 years old and most of the young actors I can think of are too squeaky-clean. My characters all have a decidedly dysfunctional flavor. I’m thinking quirky and unknown actors would be best.
Kirsten ditched the glasses and braces but she still has the 4.0 GPA. Oh, and did I mention she can hack the school database? From her phone. While driving.
Jake is chronically stoned and heir to the Cyber Town chain. His hobbies include flirting with ruin and serial dating the sophomore girls.
Cameron Price is the one your mother wanted you to date: wholesome and handsome, if not a trifle bland. But he happens to be half-in and half-out and busy dodging The Barton High Homophobic Society.
As for the parents, that’s a bit easier. Perhaps Edward Norton as Cameron’s back-slapping-corporate-Viking father. Woody Harrelson could play Jake’s mistress-impregnating father and Nicole Kidman would be wonderful as his chardonnay-soaked, botox-infused socialite mother.
5. WHAT IS THE ONE-SENTENCE SYNOPSIS OF YOUR WIP?
When her reputation is trashed by cyber-bullies, a teenage girl gets revenge by unleashing a secret-spilling computer virus.
6. IS YOUR WIP PUBLISHED OR REPRESENTED?
Nope. I have a full out (that’s a full manuscript with a literary agent, for you non-writers). But I have yet to start officially querying.
7. HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE?
I started March 2nd and finished mid-July.
8. WHAT OTHER WIPS WITHIN YOUR GENRE WOULD YOU COMPARE IT TO?
That’s tough. Stylistically, I had a teacher compare it to Megan Abbott’s The End of Everything. But I would call HitList a darkly funny modern tragedy.
9. WHICH AUTHORS INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS WIP?
It was not inspired so much by authors as current events. The style was inspired by some not-so-current movies: American Beauty, Grand Canyon, Love Actually and Crazy, Stupid, Love.
10. TELL US ANYTHING ELSE THAT MIGHT PIQUE OUR INTEREST IN THIS PROJECT.
If you’re a teenager: This is the book your mother warned you about.
If you’re not a teenager: This is the book your kids don’t want you to read.
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