The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

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Our friend, the talented writer Cheryl Tan, tagged us to participate in The Next Big Thing blog hop, where writers get to talk about what they’re currently working on and then tag a couple more writers to keep the hop going. It’s like the plate spinner on the old Ed Sullivan show, or maybe a Ponzi scheme.

Cheryl is the author of A Tiger in The Kitchen, a wonderful food-and-family memoir published by Hyperion Books. Her post about her own personal Next Big Thing can be found here. When we started writing Oh My Godmother: The Glitter Trap, Cheryl was the only published writer we knew, and she’s been our role model and answerer-of-writerly questions, including one email that asked “Is poufy, as in ‘poufy skirt’ really spelled that way?” (She’s been a fashion writer for the likes of The Wall Street Journal and In Style magazine, so we knew we could trust her.)

And now here’s our chance to answer the Next Big Thing questions:

What is your working title of your book (or story)?
Oh My Godmother: The Glitter Trap. It will be published on May 14 by Disney Hyperion. The Goodreads page is here. It’s the first book in a four-novel seriees.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
We were working together on a screenplay, and one morning Barbara saw a texting-teenager almost run over an old woman in a crosswalk. Barbara told James about it, and then said, joking, “What if that old woman was somebody’s fairy godmother?” And then we both suddenly realized that we had the kernel of a story. We write more about developing the idea here.

What genre does your book fall under?
Middle-grade fantasy; our target readers are 8-12 year olds, and we’re hoping that older readers will enjoy the story as well.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
If we could magically make Amy Adams 12 years old again (and magic is our specialty, after all) we’d want her to play our 12-year-old main character, Lacey Unger-Ware. For Katarina, the older, “real” fairy godmother, we’re picturing either Tina Fey or Bette Midler. For the girl Lacey has to substitute fairy-godmother, would a young Grace Kelly be too much to ask for?

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
An ordinary 12-year-old girl becomes a reluctant fairy godmother.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Our publisher is Disney-Hyperion Books for Children.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
We finished our first draft in about four months of full-time writing.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
We would feel honored to be in the same library as old and new classics like Bed-knob and Broomstick by Mary Norton, Half Magic by Edward Eager, The Princess For Hire series by Lindsey Leavitt, and The Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Our film agent at Gersh, Bayard Maybank, planted the idea that we could write a novel, and our manager, Laura Hopper, enthusiastically agreed.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s funny, we hope.

For next week, we’ve tagged two amazing debut writers from our Lucky 13s group:

They are Teddy Steinkellner, whose novel Trashcan Days: A Middle School Saga will be published on August 20th. And Karen Harrington, whose novel Sure Signs of Crazy will be published in July.


Posted on February 5, 2013, in Writers We Like and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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