Finding inspiration

Inspiration is a strange animal. It comes and goes, and then someone *cough cough Liv Rancourt cough cough* goes and tags you in a post and makes you think about your inspiration.

This one was difficult for me in a couple of ways. I’ve yet to publish anything (leaving me with multiple WIPs to choose from) and the questions below are more designed for someone promoting a book, and, well, to quote Lucas: “Who knows where thoughts come from? They just appear!”

1. What is the name of your book?

Finders Keepers

2. Where did the idea of your book come from?

To be perfectly honest, I don’t really know. I’d just finished my first run of edits through Iron Jewel and I was bored. I also wasn’t quite ready to leave behind the world I’d created in the Shadowdemon trilogy, so somehow, I created a witch with some…psychological issues who had the ability to find almost anything or anyone.

3. In what genre would you classify your book?

According to the judges of SIRC, it’s urban fantasy. While I’d agree, the romantic elements are so strong I wouldn’t be surprised if a number of readers went looking for it in the romance section of the bookstore.

4. If you had to pick actors to play your characters in a movie rendition, who would you choose?

Crap. I have no idea. The only one I can clearly cast would be Nicholas Brendan as Jared, Brenna’s best friend. Oh, and Aly Michalka as Glory, a fellow witch. But Brenna and Theo (her boss)? Um…I’d have an easier time casting Frankie of A Lesson in Vanishing (Michelle Williams. Totally. She would be frickin’ awesome.)

5. Give us a one sentence synopsis of your book.

When her best friend loses a dangerous magical artifact, a witch will risk her life (and her sanity) to find it.

6. Is your book already published/represented?

Nope. It needs a bit more work before I can start querying it. Specifically, the middle section and the climax need more action. I am, however, still querying Shadowdemon – which you’d probably want to read before Finders Keepers anyway, since Audrey and Jordan pop up in the book.

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

Approximately four weeks. Another two for the first round of edits, and then about a week and a half to edit the first 25 pages, which I’m in the process of ripping apart.

8. What other books within your genre would you compare it to? Or, readers of which books would enjoy yours?

People who enjoy a kickass heroine who’s not afraid to be sassy when it’s called for. Think Merit the sentinel of Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires or Alex Craft of Kalayna Price’s Grave Witch/Grave Dance novels.

9. Which authors inspired you to write this book?

I love Richelle Mead’s worldbuilding in the Eugenie Markham series, how Eugenie balances a normal life with her shaman duties and traveling to the Otherworld. Richelle may frustrate me in a number of ways, but her intricate plotting is worth studying.

10. Tell us anything which might pique our interest in this book?

Everyone who reads it automatically gets cookies. You just have to bake them first 🙂

According to Liv, I’m supposed to tag other bloggers, but I’m not. My excuse is it’s Tuesday. I’m often contrary on Tuesdays. However, to see who started it all, be sure to visit Vicki Orians’ blog.

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