The Next Big Thing

My friend, Madelyn Rosenberg, has a book coming out next month called Canary in the Coal Mine, which I can't wait to read! Madelyn tagged me for The Next Big Thing Blog Hop, which is a very cool way to track some new writers and their upcoming books and current projects. Thanks, Madelyn!! So here are my answers:

1: What is the working title of your book? The Celestial Matchmaker.

2: Where did the idea come from for the book? A former professor of mine came to one of my book signings for Forget-Her-Nots. He suggested that I write a book about Caroline Herschel, an important woman in astronomical history, and the sister to William Herschel, who discovered Uranus and built telescopes. The book isn't about her at all, but I started to think about a girl on the roof looking for comets.

3: What genre does your book come under? Contemporary YA fiction.

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Hmm. I'd love a younger Jennifer Lawrence to play Caroline. And I'd love Suraj Sharma to play Ben.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? While looking for comets from her rooftop telescope, 17-year-old Caroline Browne, a.k.a. the Celestial Matchmaker of her high school, sees something she wishes she didn't.

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency? Represented by Steven Chudney of the Chudney Agency.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? It always takes me years to write a novel, and I need a firm deadline of about two months to finish it. (I just finished a draft I'm happy with last week!)

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I love The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, which my daughter just read, too. I loved The Fault in Our Stars. I love any books with strong female leads and deep emotional resonance.

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book? The story takes place in a small, fictional college town. I've always wondered what it would be like to live in such a place, because I live outside D.C. I'm also fascinated by what holds families together in times of incredible stress.1

0: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Star-shaped romantic notes, a rooftop tent, and a sexy next door neighbor.And the next person I'm tagging is the wonderful YA novelist Holly Cupala, who is definitely worth waiting for! You can find out all about Holly's latest project here.