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Tuesday, January 29, 2013



What is?

Well, it's an awesome meme that encourages authors to talk about their next big thing and then pass on the love.

I've been tagged by two awesome authors, both Texas gals:

Joy Preble, author of the DREAMING ANASTASIA books and the upcoming THE SWEET DEAD LIFE (Soho Press, May 14, 2013), and

Jordan Dane, author of a bunch of books (so many I can't even name them) and the brand new, now available, INDIGO AWAKENING (Harlequin Teen, December 18, 2012)

Thank you, guys, for the tags!


Rules for The Next Big Thing Blog Hop if you’re tagged:

1. Use this format for your post

2. Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress)

3. Tag some other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them. What is your working title of your book?


Where did the idea come from for your book? 

For SOLSTICE, the idea came from mythology. SOLSTICE isn't a myth retelling. It's more a "what happens next." I've always loved the ideas of the gods and goddesses and would love to know more about what they are doing now. So I wrote a book and told my own story!

What genre does your book fall under?

Paranormal/Dystopian/Mythology/Romance Teen Young Adult
(which I realize is not one genre)

Which actors would you choose to portray your characters in the movie version of your book?

Seriously, I have no idea. This is why I'm not a casting person. People get paid lots of money to decide this very question. And anyway, all the actors I like are like a billion years old by now. 

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

I kind of like how my agent summarized it in the PM deal announcement:

SOLSTICE is a near-future global heating crisis and a Texas teen who uncovers the strange untold ending of the Persephone myth, only to find that she is part of the story -- and that her choices in love, in family, and in friendship will determine the destiny of her world.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

SOLSTICE is being published by Tor Teen (editor Susan Chang) and was represented by my agent, Laura Rennert.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

18 days! This is crazy short, but the story really flowed well. It was kind of magical.

What other books would you compare this story to in your genre?

SOLSTICE is like what happens when MATCHED meets THE LIGHTNING THIEF.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I'm going to go back to sixth grade and say that the book MYTHOLOGY by Edith Hamilton inspired me to write SOLSTICE!

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

Well, the official jacket copy is pretty enticing, so I'll go with that:

Piper's world is dying. Each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles that threaten to destroy the earth. Amid this global heating crisis, Piper lives under the oppressive rule of her mother, who suffocates her even more than the weather does. Everything changes on her eighteenth birthday, when her mother is called away on a mysterious errand and Piper seizes her first opportunity for freedom.

Piper discovers a universe she never knew existed—a sphere of gods and monsters—and realizes that her world is not the only one in crisis. While gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper’s life spirals out of control as she struggles to find the answer to the secret that has been kept from her since birth.

Tag, you’re it, MADELINE SMOOT! Enjoy!


Jordan Dane said...

Glad to see you are so busy, girl. Love the Solstice cover. Stunning.

Tweeting and facebooking you. Does it tickle?

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Jordan! It totally tickles! But don't stop :)