The Next Big Thing

Camille Minichino, author of three series, professional miniaturist, Doctor of Physics, part-time professor, and all around amazing lady, has invited me to take part in an ongoing blog chain called The Next Big Thing.  In it, each person is asked a series of questions meant to get the information for their book out to people, and hopefully gain new readers.

Since I’m still a traditionally non-published writer (though I do have one short story up on Amazon), I’m thrilled and honored that Camille asked me to partake.

So without further ado, here are my answers to the questions for The Next Big Thing:

Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:

What is your working title of your book?  It’s currently called “Reichenbach Fell” in homage to the famous scene where Sherlock Holmes supposedly met his untimely death when fighting with Professor Moriarty.  I’ve had mixed reviews on the title–mostly from people who aren’t Holmes fans–so it might change, but as I plan to title all future books in the series in ways that pay homage to the titles of the Sherlock stories, I’m not sure how willing I’ll be to change it.

Where did the idea come from for the book?  I’d been struggling with my writing for a while, and a friend suggested I write about a teenage detective who loved Sherlock Holmes (like me).  The moment I started writing her, things just clicked and fell into place.

What genre does your book fall under?  Young Adult (YA) mystery, though the shorts have been running toward the Middle Grade (MG) age so far.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?  That’s a tough one.  When I began writing about Tabitha (my protagonist), her spunk and attitude immediately put me in mind of Christina Ricci in her younger days.  But now, I don’t think I’ve seen too many current young actresses who strike me as having the same personality.  For Stu (Tab’s best friend), I kind of think of Gabriel Mann, though he’s also too old, and too cute.  Hmmm, maybe I need to bone up on today’s young actors.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?  A series of thefts in Alameda causes Tab to suspect the owner of a used music store that opened up right as the burglaries began.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?  I’m not sure.  I self-published the second short story involving Tab (the first can be found here on my website), but it’s always a writer’s dream to be published professionally, and to see your books on the shelves.  I don’t take rejection very well, so that fear is making me lean toward self-publishing, but we’ll see.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?  About a year.  It’s the first time I actually finished a full-length novel, and I was so proud of myself for finishing it.  I have quite a few stories sitting in a filing cabinet that never made it past page 30, so this was a major accomplishment for me.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?  It’s kind of funny to have this question, because I recently wrote another blog about just that.  Until the blog, I hadn’t found many current mysteries in the YA genre with female protagonists in them.  There’s the Nancy Drew mysteries, of course, and someone else told me of Trixie Belden, which I still haven’t read.  There are quite a few great MG series that have female detectives in them.  The Sisters Grimm and Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator are two that I’ve read that I truly enjoy.  I’ve since found a few series with YA female detectives, that I’m going to be checking out very soon.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?  As I said, a friend helped me come up with the series idea for Tab, but this particular mystery came about because I was trying to think of where the climactic scene (which I wanted to be similar to the one at the Reichenbach Falls) could take place here in Alameda.  Since it’s a fairly flat island (nestled in the San Francisco Bay), my choices were limited.  But the USS Hornet (an old Naval carrier) is docked on the island and has been turned into a museum.  It’s a HUGE ship, and I thought “A-HA!”  So I guess you could say I had my ending before I had the rest of the story.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?  Tabitha fancies herself a great detective, but in truth she doesn’t always have the facts to back up her theories.  She’s also not a “normal” teenager, in that she doesn’t think about clothes, popularity or boys, which is why it knocks her for a loop when she finds out that her best friend, Stu, has feelings for her.  Tab’s got an edge to her, and isn’t always diplomatic, but since her hero is Sherlock Holmes, she doesn’t see how that’s a problem.

I want to thank Camille again for inviting me to take part in this chain!  Now it’s my turn to pay it forward.  Please follow each of the links below to learn about some amazing authors and the books they’ve got coming up:

Camille Minichino (Over-achiever extraordinaire)  ;o)

Nancy Adams (My editor, and all around great lady)

Linda Rodriguez  (Author of poems, cookbooks, mysteries and a couple blogs herself)

Simon Wood  (Another over-achiever, and unbelievably successful at it, too)


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Malena E.
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 13:32:03

    What a great idea. I’ve never heard of or encountered a blog chain before. I loved reading all about your book and series. I wish you luck with that.
    And just to add my two cents worth, I love the title you came up with. I’m also a big Sherlock Holmes fan (the real one and Jeremy Brett, not the modern stuff) and love your idea of parodying those titles.
    : ) Malena


    • Alyx Morgan
      Oct 27, 2012 @ 00:25:51

      Thanks, Malena. I’m glad you enjoyed reading about it…now I just need to finish it. :o)

      And yes, Jeremy Brett is my FAVORITE Holmes. I’ve never seen Basil play him, though, but I refuse to watch the new movies with Robert Downey Jr as the detective!

      Thanks for visiting today.


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