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The Next Big Thing

I’ve seen a lot of people participating in this blog hop, but this is the first time that I’ve been asked to participate. For those who don’t know what this is, it’s a way for writers to talk about the project they’re currently working on. It gives them the chance to share why they’re excited about their project, and it also gives them the chance to talk about their awesome fellow bloggers/authors.

I was nominated for this by the wonderful J. Elizabeth Hill, author of the novel Bound, which can be purchased from Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo Books, and Barnes and Noble – click here for links to purchase. If you enjoy fantasy novels and/or books with great character development, I highly recommend picking up a copy of her book. If you’re not already following her on her blog and Twitter, you should definitely start now:

Julie on WordPress         Julie on Twitter            Julie on GoodReads

And now for the blog hop. 🙂

1. What is the working title of your next book?
For Real This Time

2. Where did the idea for your book come from?
There’s so much talk about the “obesity epidemic” in this country, and so much emphasis being placed on childhood obesity in particular, and I’ve gotten sick of it. I’m sick of this society telling fat people that they’re worth less than their thin counterparts. I’m sick of watching women put their lives on hold while they try to get the perfect body. I wanted to write a novel a girl who buys into this idea and show her transformation as she realizes that she’s fine the way she is.

3. What genre does your book fall under?
This definitely falls under the genre of contemporary young adult.

4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I don’t generally picture my characters as actors, though in this case I couldn’t even if I wanted to. I can’t think of a single young, fat actress, so I can’t really picture anyone who looks like Maggie.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The summer before high school starts, a fat teenager struggles to lose weight and eventually realizes that health is more than just a number on the scale.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
My current plan is to try to find an agent, although I have not completely ruled out self-publishing, either.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It took me two weeks to write the first draft.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
There are two books that I think are quite similar to mine as far as style and subject matter: The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler, and Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I was inspired by every nasty remark I ever heard directed at me or other fat people, as well as by my feminist film study teacher, who first introduced me to the Fat Positive movement and helped me realize that no one should apologize for her size.

10. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
There are a few things going for this book that I don’t feel are always true for similar books. First, the fat girl that the story focuses around is actually fat. She’s not freaking out because she’s 5-10 pounds overweight. She’s 5’6, weighs 220 pounds, and wears a size 20. Plus, Maggie and her love interest actually speak to each other. There is no love at first sight, and no love triangles. It’s just a simple story about the complicated life of a fat teenager.

And now for the people I’m going to nominate. The people listed below enjoy writing and are people whose blogs I enjoy reading. If I tagged you and you’re not interested, either because you’ve just done one of these or because you’re not currently working on anything, please don’t feel obligated to participate. On the flip side, if I didn’t tag you but you are interested in participating, please do so anyway and let me know that you’ve done it.

1. Julie Upshur @ Of a Writerly Sort

2. Hayley Vornholt

3. Wordsurfer @Cresting the Words

4. Abigail Sharpe

5. Rachel @ Spilled Ink