My Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing is a global blog tour to showcase authors and illustrators and their current work.  I was tagged by the wonderful and talented Peggy Collins.

I have a book I’m working on that involves a boy and a dragon, but it’s still in the very early brainstorming stage, so I’ll be talking about a book project I’ve recently worked up to the submission stage. After that, I’ll pass the Q&A along to two others who’ll pick up the tour next week.

1) What is the working title of your next book?

Little Miss Crazy Hair

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

My daughter has really curly hair, and when she was a bit younger – before it was long enough for gravity to weigh it down – it would get quite wild and frizzy, sticking out every which way, especially in the mornings. I found myself taking a lot of photos of her because her hair looked so cool, and those photos inspired the idea for a story. You can read more about this here.

3) In what genre does your book fall?

It’s a picture book with heavy a emphasis on fun. Fun words and fun visuals.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

I think it would have to be a cartoon as the main character’s hair would need to be animated and constantly moving! The voice actors wouldn’t matter so much as long as the visual style was really fun and animated.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A little girl only wants to fit in, but fears the worst if the secret of her wild curly hair is revealed.

6) Who is publishing your book?

Still to be determined.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

I went back and forth between sketching and writing for quite a while before I came up with something resembling a first draft. After I had some rough visual scenes and situations sketched out,  I switched gears and actually sat down to write the script. During the writing I referred back to my sketches and incorporated some of the scenes I had sketched out. Some scenes were cut, and new ones were added. I worked this way until I had a rough first draft – Which maybe took me about a month.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Good question. I’m not really sure, but I’d say maybe something like Freckleface Strawberry.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My daughter Zoe, but also Patricia Storms, whose wonderful words gave me the spark I needed to make this project a reality.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

My daughter’s hair is not really red.

Okay, now I get to tag two other lucky people! Please stop by the following blogs next Thursday, May 9th for their next Next Big Thing:

Wilson Williams, Jr.