January Blog Chain: The Number 13

This is my post for AbsoluteWrite’s January Blog Chain. This month’s theme: The Number 13. For more exciting Number 13 posts, see the links at the bottom of the page! ^_^

This is my favorite number! And not only is it my favorite number, I’m currently working on my 13th novel, a dark action-packed YA adventure fantasy. The planet is Chroma, the galaxy is Dekatria (from the Greek deka for 10 and tria for 3), and the country is Ispartia.

I saw these questions on the Next Big Thing Blog Hop chain. I wasn’t tagged, but I really wanted to answer these questions!

1. What is the working title of your current/next book?
I have a couple. Currently I’m calling it Ispartia. But Chosen and Chains of Destiny are high on my list right now.

2. Where did you get the idea for the book?
From a movie I saw when I was about 5 years old. I can’t remember the name of it for anything, but the story stuck with me through the years. A girl, about 12 years old, goes through a regular wall mirror enchanted by these huge cabbage patch-like dolls because they need her to come into their land of oversized everything and defeat the evil queen by cutting off access to her young berry tree. Lol! Nothing really happened with that shadow of idea until I was thinking about doing something inspired by Alice Through the Looking Glass. That’s when the idea sparked.

3. What’s the genre of the book?
YA Fantasy

4. If you could pick actors to play the lead characters in your story, who would you pick?
I have no idea. I don’t know many actors in that age group. The only person I can think of for the lead, Reagan is Vanessa Hugdens. I don’t know if she’d be a good fit, but she looks the most like how I picture Reagan. I would be willing to let her read for it. ^^ I kind of like Liam Hemsworth for one of the male leads, Felix. If I had a choice I would do it Harry Potter style and have an open casting call for all the leads: Reagan, Felix, Demarco, and Adria.

5. How would you describe your book in one sentence (10 words or less)?
Reagan saves herself and Ispartia from an insane immortal princess.
I could have done it in 8 but since I had the space… ^
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6. How will your book be published, submitted through the traditional route to a traditional publisher or will you be handling it yourself through Indie Publishing methods?
I’m going for the traditional route. It’s been my dream for 15 years.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of this book?
Still writing…on my fourth month. There’s been a lot of stopping and going…I have a lot of things in this book I’ve never dealt with before. It’s been fun, but really, really challenging.

8. What other books within your genre are similar to yours?
Um…..almost forgot to answer this one. I looked for one but wasn’t able to find one. Books I think might be close enough to keep me from looking crazy when I send it off to agents, maybe Splintered, a recent release by A.G. Howard that I bought but haven’t read yet, and….that’s it. And probably because her book is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland and I thought about Alice Through the Looking Glass when I first got the idea for this book. I do have a dragon. Two dragons! The Jabowocky is kind of a dragon…

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I was inspired by a few things, along with my desire to write whatever struck my fancy, I was inspired by the memory I have of that movie mentioned in question 2, elements of Alice Through the Looking Glass, and a manga series called Magic Knight Rayearth, about 3 teenagers who are transported to another world called Cephiro to save the princess Emeraude before the whole world collapes on itself. Here’s a drawing I did of Princess Emeraude. She was actually really sweet and young looking at first, but by the end:

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angry, angry, angry

10. What about your book will pique the reader’s interest?
Action!! It’s action-packed and emotional, and I think the reader will have a lot of fun going along on this journey with Reagan as she struggles with her identity and searches for peace and strength. And maybe she finds love along the way…if there’s time for that. ^^


Participants and posts:
orion_mk3 – http://nonexistentbooks.wordpress.com (link to post)
Ralph Pines – http://ralfast.wordpress.com (link to post)
SRHowen – http://srhowen1.blogspot.com/ (link to post)
areteus – http://lurkingmusings.wordpress.com/ (link to post)
angyl78 – http://jelyzabeth.wordpress.com/ (link to post)
Amanda R.: http://www.twoamericansinchina.com/ (link to post)
randi.lee – http://emotionalnovel.blogspot.com/ (link to post)
ConnieBDowell – http://bookechoes.com/ (link to post)
writingismypassion – http://charityfaye.blogspot.com/ (link to post)
Araevno – http://www.simonpclark.com/ (link to post)
Briony-zisaya – http://fantasywriterwannabe.blogspot.com/ (link to post)
Kewii – http://kellyneeson.blogspot.com/ (link to post)
katci13 – http://www.krystalsquared.net/ (YOU ARE HERE) ^
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MsLaylaCakes: http://www.taraquan.com/ (link to post)
HistorySleuth – http://historysleuth.org/ (link to post)

6 Responses to January Blog Chain: The Number 13

  1. 13 novels is impressive! I'm on my 3rd right now. It's hard to imagine getting there…but I know it has to happen someday, since giving up writing isn't an option :)Congrats and lets hope it's a lucky 13 🙂

  2. I remember Magic Knight Rayearth! Back when I was into fan translations of SNES RPGs from Japan, I downloaded it (illegally) and played its vidjagame adaptation (with an illegal fan translation). For about ten minutes.Magical anime princesses just aren't my thing, y'know? It's the eyes.

Hi! ^_^