The Next Big Thing Blog Hop!

Hello? Is this thing on?

Wow, I let a little more time slip by than I intended, but wedding planning takes up a wee bit o’time. We’re at the 5-week mark and most of the details are sorted out, so now I’ve moved on to the little things. This weekend several ladies are coming over and we’re having a Pinterest party — turning corks into name card holders for the reception!

But that’s not why I’m here. Today I’m pimping FLICKER (and there’s more to come so get ready!) by taking part in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop. I did something similar last fall, but this will be a test to see who’s paying attention. 😉 My friend Avery (go buy her book RESONANCE) asked me to play along, so everyone wave to Avery!

Here goes!

1: What is the working title of your book?

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
You know when you’re driving down a road on a sunny day and the sun strobes through the trees, causing a flickering effect? That phenomenon has always messed with my head — to the point where I can’t keep my eyes open — so one particular day when that was happening I wondered about a girl who the sun, when it did that, made her travel back to yesterday. Flicker was a natural word for me to use to describe it.

3: What genre does your book come under?
Young Adult. I’ve sub-categorized it as paranormal because of the time travel, but the main story takes place in the normal, everyday world.

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Oh my gosh I have no idea. I really like Selena Gomez, so let’s say her.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Biz uses sunlight to flicker back to yesterday and must decide if it’s worth telling her secret to save a little girl’s life.

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
Self-published under my imprint Left Handed Mitten Publications.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I wrote the first draft during NaNo, but didn’t finish it in the 30-day time frame. It took me TWO months.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
The WAKE trilogy by Lisa McMann has a lot of similarities, primarily because Janie lives in a normal world but has something that makes her different, the same as Biz.

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My grandmother was my inspiration because I was caring for her when the idea struck.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
There’s a hot boy, lots of sarcasm, a little making out, and action!

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About Melanie Hooyenga

Writer. Designer. Jock. Reader. Wife. Puppy-Mama. SCBWI member since 2015.


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