The Next Best Thing Challenge: Semester of Thursdays

3 Aug

I was tagged by author Carrie Crain (Wildcat’s Wife) to do The Next Best Thing Challenge.  It’s an honor to have my work recognized by such an amazing–and hilarious—writer.

Here’s how it works:

  • Answer the 10 questions below
  • Spread the fun and tag other writers to participate.

1. What is the title of your book / WIP?

My second book, in the editing-stages of WIP, is entitled, Semester of Thursdays.

2. Where did the idea for this book come from?

The idea for this book came from a combination of my college experiences at Frostburg State University and my little sister’s experiences at the same school—peppered with fictional instances of “what if” and “if only.”

3. What genre would your book fall under?

I suppose CHICK-LIT would be the most appropriate genre since the story chronicles the relationship between two women with opposing views on dating, although “SWEET” ROMANCE would be a close second because there is a dark, sexy, brooding hero (as there should be).

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Meredith Westbrook, the witty, sarcastic—and slightly awkward—main character/narrator, would be portrayed by: Alexis Bledel
Lena Whyte, the slutty best friend, would be portrayed by: Amber Heard
Remington Kover, the uber-sexy male lead, would be portrayed by: Sean Faris (Although I’m unsure whether he would be “broody” enough)
Alec, Remington’s best friend, would be portrayed by: Josh Hutcherson
Holden, Meredith’s philandering boyfriend, would be portrayed by: Alex Pettyfer

5. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

When straight-laced Meredith Westbrook and her carefree—albeit promiscuous—best friend, Lena Whyte, embark on their final semester of college, Meredith finds herself questioning her long-standing relationship and yearning for a man she shouldn’t want.

6. Is your book published or represented?

Not at this time.  Since self-publishing has worked out well for my first book, The Mirrors at Barnard Hall, I plan on following the same DIY guidelines with this one.

7. How long did it take you to write it?

This book took six months to compose 85,000 words (a combination of BOOK 1 and BOOK 2) but I am still doing some final tweaking before handing it over to my editor(s).

8. What other books in your genre would you compare it to?

This book has the snarky humor of Chelsea Handler’s works (although no one can do humor quite like her) but ultimately compares to any and every romance novel ever written.

9. Which authors inspired you to write this book?

Jane Austen (There is a distinct Pride and Prejudice feel).

10. Tell us anything else that might pique our interest in your book.

Here’s a brief synopsis: When straight-laced Meredith Westbrook first moved in with her best friend Lena Whyte, she had been unaware that Lena’s Thursday-night ritual involved excessive amounts of alcohol and strangers’ beds. 

In light of Lena’s weakness for dating under the influence and easy men, Meredith is guilted into playing the reluctant guardian angel for her fickle friend.

Despite valiant attempts to keep a safe distance from Lena’s exploits, Meredith finds herself immersed in an unpredictable college nightlife—one that leaves Meredith questioning her relationships with people she thought she cared about and yearning for a man she shouldn’t want. 

And now, the three talented authors I’m electing to share in the fun: 

Joyce Scarborough
Jennifer Lowery
Ursula Grey

TAG!  You’re it!

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3 Responses to “The Next Best Thing Challenge: Semester of Thursdays”

  1. ameliaclaire92 August 3, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    I love Alexis Bledel!!! 🙂

  2. Carrie Crain August 3, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    Jane Austen is a great author to be inspired by! I have to look up these actors you’ve listed… so outta touch. I’m excited about this next book!

    • movingforeword August 3, 2012 at 10:35 am #

      You’re not THAT outta touch… I had to google-image search “young dark-haired actors” and choose based on looks! LOL

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