I saw the lovely Natalie from Pickle Hearts Books do this tag, so I thought I would answer the questions about the book Nicole and I are currently working on, which will hopefully be part of a trilogy.
What is the working title of your book?
Summer Storms (Can you guess it’s set in the summer? Great)
Where did the idea for your book come from?
Well, one of the four main characters came to me first. Diego was created very naturally one day, and I knew I wanted his story to have some fantasy aspects, though I didn’t want a full fantasy world. I told Nicole about Diego, and she helped bounce ideas with me. Then she suggested I add faeries to the story. I thought, hmm, why not? But the more I thought about the book, the more I just wanted Nicole’s ideas. So I asked if she wanted to co-write it with me, she said yes, and we went from there.
What genre is your work in progress?
Summer Storms is an urban fantasy novel. It can also be categorized as LGBT+ because we have a gay main character, a bisexual main character, a ftm trans character, and a bunch of other characters in the spectrum. It has magic, humor, action, adventure, romance, drama (gotta love the drama), and a lot of heart. There’s definitely a focus on friendships and family.
Choose the actors for your movie rendition.
This is really tough. I’m gonna do some serious googling here.
I love Gina, and I want to see her in everything, so maybe I’m a little biased, but work with me here. Gina would be the perfect Ailsa. Although Ailsa has a darker skin tone, and is a little thicker, Gina would be amazing as Ailsa. They’re both very empowering, fierce women.
Ana Brenda Contreras
I’ve always admired this beautiful telenovela actress. She’s incredibly talented, and she knows her drama. Monica is all about the drama, so it’s a perfect fit. She has the same skin tone, and hair style. Make this happen.
I think Valentino is good for Leon because they’re both very handsome, charming, and yet they have that mysterious sort of broody undertone. I think they’re similar physically as well, although Leon probably has softer facial features, if that makes sense.
Although Diego does not wear glasses, I think Michael is pretty much exactly like Diego. He has that sad puppy dog look on his face, curly hair, and a cute belly. I’m actually very happy with this pick. If Summer Storms every becomes a movie, I hope he’s not too old to play Diego. (Although Diego is 38 in the first book, so already an old man).
One sentence synopsis of your book.
Four friends come together to fight off a twisted faery who continuously torments them.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
We really hope to get traditionally published. It’s a long, complicated process, but we’re willing to go through it.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
We wrote the first draft in about a year. We’re already on the second draft, but that one took over a year.
What other books would you compare the story to?
There aren’t many books I’ve read that are similar. I’m not sure why there aren’t more popular faery books. It seems like Holly Black has a monopoly on those. It could be compared to Iron Cast because of the close character relationships. Maybe also to Fairy Bad Day, but only if you compare the fairies, not the plot.
Who or what inspired you to write the book?
I would say, Nicole and I inspired each other, and continue to inspire each other. Writing a book with someone else makes the process so much easier — and fun!
What else about your book might peak the reader’s interest?
We have a lovely slow burn romance that will keep you hooked as much as we’re hooked on it. There are intense scenes that will keep you on the edge of your seat. A lot of action, some twists and turns, but with a mix of humor to keep a balance. The friendships that form between our four main characters is strong and sweet. It’s a story that was so easy and yet so difficult to write. It means a lot to me, and I know it means a lot to Nicole, too. I’m excited to share it with the world someday.