The Next Big Thing Q&A

I was tagged by the too-cool-for-school Luisa Plaja for a fun Q&A about next novels and works in progress. This is a Wednesday thing, I’ve discovered, so watch out for posts from other authors today and every coming Wednesday!

What is the working title of your next book?
My next book is called Demonosity and is about a normal high school girl who is entrusted with guarding a dangerous alchemist treasure and stop it from falling into the wrong hands. Problem is that she has trouble choosing what her favorite chocolate bar is, so trying to decide who to trust is almost impossible…

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I had been doing a lot of reading about alchemy and I really liked the idea of somehow weaving it into a book. It then sat in my mind for ages and I couldn’t quite find a way to marry it into a plot until I started also thinking of a demonic order, a bit like the Templar Knights, who protected an alchemist treasure. From there the story exploded!

What genre does your book fall under?
Light-hearted YA paranormals (which probably isn’t a genre but since I can make up demon knights, I can make up book genres!!!)

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I don’t normally cast my books but for Demonosity I could totally imagine Australian actor, Emily Browning playing my heroine Cassidy Carter-Lewis.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Amanda Ashby’s DEMONOSITY, in which a sixteen year old girl’s life is turned upside down when she has to protect an ancient alchemist’s relic from two demon knight brothers, one of whom is good and one of them bad: the problem is she has no idea which is which

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It will be published by Puffin/Speak in the US next August.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I sold this book on synopsis and then had to write it in three months, which, considering it ended up being over 90k really took some work. Though I must say it was probably the neatest first draft I’ve ever done – it’s amazing how much easier I found it with the fear of a deadline looming over me!!!!

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Perhaps books like Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins and Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Actually, my husband did. I often call him my renaissance man because he loves history and is forever watching documentaries on television and reading really intense books and I really liked the idea of going into a different world for my mythology.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
This is my first love triangle and at the start of the book I was sure I knew who Cassidy would end up, but by the end I was really torn (so was she!). There is also lots of cool sword fighting and probably my favourite side-kick so far – an asexual genius called Nash!!!

Tag other authors…
I’d like to tag my lovely friend Sara Hantz!!!

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