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Week 19: The Next Big Thing

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 in Blog, Writing Wednesday | 1 comment

Holly Hughes tagged me for The Next Big Thing blog hop. She answered these same questions last week on her blog,

What is the working title of your book?

Where did the idea come from for the book?

This is the second book in the SEAN GRAY, JUNIOR SPECIAL AGENT series. The idea for the first book HIDING CARLY, and the series came from a mentoring relationship that I had with an eleven year old boy who went through the FBI Junior Special agent Program. The main character, Sean, was born from this relationship. The story is his.

What genre does your book fall under?

Middle Grade mystery and adventure

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

Sean – Dylan Boyack  (from The Hangover)

Andy – Tucker Albrizzi  of Big time Rush and good Luck Charlie

Carly – Joey King  of Ramona and Beezus

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Sean’s testimony in the trial of a child kidnapping ring involving a rogue FBI agent is at the root of a mysterious accident plunging Sean and his new friends smack in the middle of another mystery.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Published by Peak City Publishing
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

One year…still revising
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

NANCY DREW or the HARDY BOYS. Other popular series in this category are Encyclopedia Brown and Cam Jansen stories.

More contemporary novels in the compete category:

CHARLES COLLIER, SNOOP FOR HIRE – A series of middle grade mystery novels by John Madormo follows the adventures of a 12 year old investigator.

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON by Mary Downing Hahn – a stand-alone book follows the adventure of 7th grader, Logan and his friend Arthur as they try to solve a murder mystery.

THE BIG SPLASH by Jack D. Ferraiolo features Matt, a middle school boy who tries to keep the halls safe and free from crime.

THE POSTCARD by Tony Abbott, is an Edgar Award winner, in which 13 year old Jason cleans out his deceased grandmother’s home and gets involved in the mysteries of her life.

John Grisham’s THEODORE BOONE series is also in the competitive category. Where Theodore works with the justice system in his home town to solve some situations of his peers.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

My love of children and the issues that they face. My continued involvement with the FBI.

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

The uniqueness of the SEAN GRAY, JUNIOR SPECIAL AGENT (JSA) mystery/adventure series is the FBI and the continued involvement and collaboration of the protagonist, Sean with the agency.

Tagged for next week:

Debra Koontz Traverso

Joan Y. Edwards

Linda Anderson

Gretchen Griffith

Sandra Warren


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  1. Joan Y. Edwards

    Dear Ann,
    It is delightful to hear all about your new contract with Peak City publishers. You are a great writer. Your dialogue and descriptions kee your readers entranced. Thanks for selecting me for The Next Big Thing. I will post mine at a later time. I’m working on revising two works. My reward for finishing one is to do The Next Big Thing on my blog. I am honored that you named me as a recipient of this award.

    Celebrate you.
    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards

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