Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

The Work in Progress (WIP) Game – A Little Meme

Christiana Capotondi as la sposaThere’s a little writing game circling the ‘net for writers to discuss their works in progress. Pati Nagle introduced me to it. When you’re done here, you should go read Pati’s responses.

I hope you enjoy this peek!

Q: What is the working title of your book?

A: Titles are so hard for me to come up with! I struggle. So, like most of my WIPs, this one has no title.

Q: Where did the idea come from for the book?

A: I wanted to write a book about a character that people could relate to – so I started off with the idea that my main character must have some real problems (and Assumpta has more than her fair share – starting with how much she hates her name)!

I still wanted her to have an edge — this finding ability — in order to accomplish great things. I started writing about her problems first — pantsing the plot — and the rest of it just fell together as I wrote.

Q: What genre does your book fall under?

A:Urban fantasy, I think, with a tad of erotica thrown in for spice.

(Erotica: totally not planned. While I was writing, the muse torched the plot line and came up with a love triangle.)

Q: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

A: I pick Italian actress Cristiana Capotondi to play Assumpta. (Doesn’t she look lovely in the movie poster for la peggior settimana della mia vita (The Worst Week of My Life)?) Gerard Butler must play Jak. I think he’s just hunky enough to pull it off. Poor Greg is the third wheel in the love triangle. I’m waffling over actors for this role, but in a pinch I’d choose Matthew McConaughey. He’s almost attractive enough to get the job done, but not quite – just like Greg.

Q: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A: Nice Catholic girl takes on the devil — and wins — with a little help from a sexed-up fallen angel. (You know where that leads, right?)

Q: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

A: I’ve got a nibble from an interested press based on the rough draft. If the polished version meets the line’s criteria, I’d publish there in a heartbeat. If not, I’ll self-pub this, ’cause Jak’s too wonderful to keep locked away on my hard drive.

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

A:The book took about a year to write in between full-time work and other writing obligations. (I also lost the manuscript at one point, and had to re-write some major scenes from memory. That set me back about 8 weeks between searching for the manuscript, re-writes and being in a writing funk.)

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

A: Hard to say…maybe something along the lines of Stacia Kane, only not quite as dark.

Q: Who or What inspired you to write this book?

A: Inspiration played no part in this book’s conception. It was more of a challenge. I wanted to see if I could write something set in a “contemporary” setting and enjoy it as well.

Q: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

A: The main character, Assumpta, is a douser. She’s a self-described “finder of things,” and her method is the pendulum. The scenes where she uses one were sometimes difficult to write because the process is cumbersome, and I didn’t want readers feeling bored through them.

And now, here are some other writers playing this game:

Pati Nagle

Patricia Burroughs

Jeffrey A. Carver

Katharine Eliska “Cat” Kimbriel

Steven Harper Piziks

Deborah J. Ross

Edited to add:

Cindie Geddes

Beth Barany

If you want to join the game, answer the questions and then post a response in the comments. I’ll add your link in the body of the text as they come in.

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