The Next Big Thing Bloghop

Wendy Knight
from Write Through the Noise tagged me in this fun blog hop. It’s supposed to be about a WIP, but since my newest WIP – my NaNoWriMo project – is in flux, I’m going to write about the novel that I’m currently querying.

1. What is the working title of your book?  Piper Girl

2. Where did you get the idea for your book?   Two years ago, I entered a writing contest to win tickets to the musical “Wicked.” For the contest, we had to write the ‘true story’ of a fairy tale character. I decided to write about the Pied Piper, because I’ve always wondered what his deal was. If you’ve ever read the fairy tale, you know that he’s kind of creepy. I mean, he lured all the kids of Hamelin into some mountain, just because the townspeople ripped him off. But when I started writing his version of the story, I came up with a different narrator—his (fictional) sixteen-year-old daughter. I got so wrapped up in her character, that I started writing a novel about her, originally called The Piper’s Daughter, which eventually became Piper Girl.

3.  What is the genre of your book?  It’s a Young Adult fairy tale with an urban twist, set in the not-too-distant future. It’s probably best classified as magical realism or science fiction.

4. Which actors would you choose to play the characters in your movie?  I’m not sure, but my protagonist, Marisa, and her best friend/secret crush, Carlos, are Mexican-American, so I’d want the casting choices to reflect their ethnicity.

 5.  My one-sentence elevator pitch:  In a modern twist on The Pied Piper, seventeen-year-old Marisa must use her musical powers to rid the slums of infected lab rats before disease spreads.

6.  Will your book be represented by a publisher or self-published?  I hope to be traditionally published, so I’m currently looking for an agent to represent me.

7.  How long did it take you to write the first draft?  About three and a half months.

8.  What other books compare in your genre?  I’d compare it to other contemporary and futuristic fairytale retellings, like Cinder by Marissa Meyer or Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce.

9.  Who or what inspired your book?  As I said in Question #2, I created the Pied Piper’s daughter when I entered the “Wicked” writing contest. But my fifteen-year-old daughter is the one who came up with the idea to set the novel in a modern-day slum and to have the rats be escaped lab animals from a research facility.

10. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?  With TV shows like Once Upon a Time and Grimm being so popular, I think a lot of people like the idea of traditional fairy tales with a twist. And The Pied Piper is a story that hasn’t been written about as much as some of the others, like Snow White or Beauty and the Beast.

For this bloghop, I’m supposed to carry on the chain by tagging up to five other writer/bloggers. Here are two awesome and inspiring writers from my local chapter of RWA.

Betsy Norman
Liz Czukas


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