Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Next Big Thing!

The Next Big Thing blog tour began in Australia and has wound it's way all aorund the world to Southern California. It's a great way to discover authors and illustrators that you might not be familiar with and what their latest book is about. Each author or illustrator answers ten questions and tags two more authors who will continue the tour. So this week it's my turn to talk about my next big thing. BUT I will be answering some questions not about THE BINDING STONE, which just came out in print as well as Kindle, but an upcoming book in a brand new series. If you want to see more about THE BINDING STONE check out this post (when I was tagged earlier! LOL)

Thank you to Laurisa Reyes for tagging me!

Here are the questions:

What is the working title of your next book?

WINGING IT will be out in the next year through Fuzzbom publishing again because they are slathered in awesomesauce. 

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I'm always thinking about who would be the worst person to put into which situation and it occurred to me that it would be a teenage boy's worst nightmare to find out he's actually a fairy godmother. Poor, poor Zach! But his character is one of my favorite that I've ever written. The song RHYTHM OF LOVE by Plain White T's inspired me.

What genre does your book fall under?

DUH. Paranormal YA of course! LOL. Seriously I promise I write other things, but that is my favorite! 

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

Well, when I started writing it I had people in my head, but now they'd be all grown up! LOL. So let me try with current teen (or at least could pass for teen) actors. 

Zach: Ross Lynch

Jenna: Sally Martin (I don't know her, I just think she's adorable!)

Kelly: Victoria Justice

This book has a huge cast in it, so I could put a dozen more, but I'll spare you!!

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? (note: I'm cheating here and putting in two sentences).

In WINGING IT, sixteen-year-old ZACH discovers his mom is a fairy godmother, but what’s really freaking him out is the fact that he’s a fairy too. Now that his mom’s been injured, he must finish her assignments before the next full moon or they’re both grounded, meaning no wings, no wands, and no position in the Organization of Destiny Fulfillment (ODF).

Who is publishing your book?

Fuzzbom! The wonderful new small press that published my book, THE BINDING STONE, and has done such a wonderful job!

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

I think about two months. I write first drafts quickly. It's the revisions that take me forever!! LOL

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

I'd have to say PARANORMALCY because of the humor and action. 
Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Guess I already mentioned this! So see above. 

What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?

The male POV, the nonstop action, humor, and heart in this book. Also the fairy lore that's accessible but gives a nice nod to traditional lore some readers may know. 

Next up for THE NEXT BIG THING are Ellen Booraem and Lena Goldfinch. They will post the next two respective thursdays! Don't miss out on reading about their books. Below are some teasers for you!!

Perpetual scaredy-cat Conor O'Neill has the fright of his life when a banshee girl named Ashling shows up in his bedroom. Ashling is--as all banshees are--a harbinger of death, but she's new at this banshee business, and first she insists on going to middle school. As Conor attempts to hide her identity from his teachers, he realizes he's going to have to pay a visit to the underworld if he wants to keep his family safe.

"Got your cell?"
"Yeah . . . . Don't see what good it'll do me."
"I'll text you if anything happens that you should know."
"Text me? Javier, we'll be in the afterlife."
"You never know. Maybe they get a signal."

Discover why Kirkus has called Booraem's work "utterly original American fantasy . . . frequently hysterical." This totally fresh take on the afterlife combines the kid next door appeal of Percy Jackson with the snark of Artemis Fowl and the heart of a true middle grade classic.

Kita can meld song into stone. In a world with no written word, storytelling—the ability to meld (or magically impress) song into stone—is greatly honored. The village honors her master as their medicine man, but Kita knows he's secretly a sorcerer who practices black magic using drops of her blood. She fears he’ll use her beautiful gift for a killing spell, so she conceals it from him. Each day, his magic tightens around her neck like a rope. His spells blind the villagers, so they can’t see him for what he really is.

Not that anyone would want to help her. She was found in the forest as a baby and would have died if a village girl hadn't brought her home. But the villagers saw Kita's unusual coloring and decided she belonged to the mysterious tribe who lives in the forests of the volcano, a people feared for their mystical powers. So they fear her too. Now seventeen, she can barely admit her deepest longing: to know who she really is and where she belongs.

Then Pono, a young journeyman, arrives from the other side of the island. He's come to fulfill a pact between their villages: to escort a storyteller back to his village--a storyteller who'll be chosen at the great assembly. Finally, in Pono, Kita sees her one slim chance at freedom and she'll risk her life to take it.

A dark, twisty tale of sorcery, tummy-tingling romance, and adventure, inspired by the folklore of New Zealand's Māori people.


  1. Wow, Winging It sounds like such a fun book! The thought of a teenage boy becoming a fairy godmother hooked me instantly. And it only took you two months to write the first draft? Impressive!

  2. Sounds awesome, Lisa! fun concept. :)

  3. Having read an early draft of WINGING IT, let me chime in and say this book has so many wonderful elements it will make your head explode.

    And by saying she takes forever to revise a book, Lisa means she takes another month or two. She has a better work ethic and more talent than any two writers I know.

    Have you read THE BINDING STONE? I rest my case!

  4. I am another lucky ducky who has read WINGING IT. Ditto what Martina says.

  5. Looks like you're having a great summer, Lisa. Good luck with Winging It! I know you'll have it.