My good friend and writing partner, Heather Haven, who writes the wonderful Alverez Family Mysteries, has tagged me to be part of a blog game of The Next Big Thing.
What is the working title of your book:
The Dragons of Graham
Where did the idea come from for the book:
A few years ago, when my girls were starting middle school, I was having a conversation with my daughter, Grace, on the way to school. She was talking about dragons and the idea hatched from there.
What genre does your book fall under?
“Dragons” is a middle grade novel, primarily for readers in the 8-11 age group. I guess you’d call it fantasy, too, since the school is infested with dragons.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I think my daughter Grace, would be the best choice for the lead, although the character of Rosie, her little sister is patterned after Grace when she was younger. As for the other actors, I’d love to cast it with local Mountain View kids. We have a lot of acting talent here.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Katie thought the worst thing that could happen in middle school was losing her best friend, but she didn’t know that she would have to deal with a whole host of dragons, too.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
“The Dragons of Graham” will be the first book published by my new imprint, The Wives of Bath Press, which I’ve begun with my writing partner, Heather Haven.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
The initial draft didn’t take too long, but overall, almost five years has passed as I’ve worked on the book, rewriting and getting feedback. I promised my daughters that it would be published before the younger one graduated from middle school, so it has to be soon.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I think my story is sort of a cross between “My Father’s Dragon” and The Magic Treehouse series.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I wrote this book for my girls. I wanted to share my love of words with them.
What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
“The Dragons of Graham” is set in a real school, Graham Middle School, in Mountain View, CA. While the characters are fictional, I tried to make the story as real-life as possible.
Look for The Dragons of Graham to be available in time for Christmas, 2012!