A few days ago, Laurie asked me and some other writer friends to complete this little survey about our current WIPs and I thought it sounded like a lot of fun. This is weird for me because I usually don’t share much about what I’m writing — and this is still a fairly guarded summation of what’s going on in my book. Maybe it’ll pique your interest though. Oh, and since I said pique, how about I share that graphic I made once again:
Because it cannot be said enough. You can file that under “Proof Elizabeth would have been one of those scary, yard-stick toting English teachers.”
1. What is the title of your book/WIP?
It’s untitled right now.
2. Where did the idea for the WIP come from?
I had the opening image in my head for a while and then it started to flow into a narrative from the point of view of a girl living in Oklahoma in the 1920s.
3. What genre would your WIP fall under?
Young adult — it’s free verse historical fiction.
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
My main character is around 12 years old, so it would need to be a young girl, but it would need to be someone with some serious presence. The character goes through a lot and has to handle very difficult situations for someone her age.
This WIP is not one that I’ve really thought about casting, however, I have another WIP about a young wildcatter and his wife that I want Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in SO. BAD.
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your WIP?
After the death of her mother and infant sister, a young girl is moved from a lifeless house and into the home of her newly married sister, placing her squarely in the middle of a family that, behind a well-to-do facade, is steeped in abuse and political corruption.
Ha. That was the first time I typed it out like that. I think it’s more interesting than it sounds.
6. Is your WIP published or represented?
Nope, but if anyone is interested…call me
7. How long did it take you to write?
I started working on this in early April 2012.
8. What other WIPs within your genre would you compare it to?
Hopefully books like Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse, Burned by Ellen Hopkins, and What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones. Of course the historic angle makes it quite a bit different from the latter two.
9. Which authors inspired you to write this WIP?
Karen Hesse, Ellen Hopkins, Sonya Sones, Anna Myers, Rilla Askew
10. Tell us anything else that might pique our interest in your WIP.
There are a lot of very serious issues that the main character deals with (death, witnessing physical and psychological abuse, alcoholism, abuse of power) that I think the verse novel presents in an interesting way. You are a witness not only to the actions, but also the inner thoughts of the protagonist. Writing it in verse touches on these things in a more personal, deeply affecting way. Setting the story during the Prohibition era in Oklahoma gives rise to a number of dramatic conflicts that I hope will spark an interest in the history for young readers.
Are you working on something right now? Please feel free to post these questions on your own blog, but let me know if you do because I want to read about what you’re writing!