Wednesday, January 23, 2013


I would like to welcome you to the NEXT BIG THING blog hop, which is designed to raise awareness of the work, or work in progress, of new authors. First of all, thanks to my fellow author, Elsie Rees Park and one of my dear writing buddies,Erika Mailman for inviting me hop on board.   

The rules of this blog hop go like this: I answer ten questions about my book then tag four to six other authors whose work could very well be the NEXT BIG THING.  

So, here goes:

1)        What is the working title of your next book? 
Up In The Air.

2)        Where did the idea come from for the book? 
One day while I was meditating, several scenes for the story popped into my head. This was a shock, as something like this had never happened to me before.

3)        What genre does your book fall under? 
Middle Grade Fantasy.

4)        Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie
This was a challenging question, but thanks to my eleven-year old daughter, with whom I watch way too many kid shows, I was able to come up with a couple of possibilities.

For the main character, Melody: Sierra McCormick.

For Sara, Melody’s guide on Chimeroan: Brenda Song.

For Jackson, one of the fliers: Jaden Smith.

If dreams could become reality, then for the character of Patrick O’Hara: Peter Dinklage (think Tyrion Lannister in the Game of Thrones).

Honestly though, I’m thrilled with the idea of having as-yet unknown actors and actresses play the parts.

5)        What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? 
A young girl dreams of flying but when her dream comes true and she gets wings, she realizes that she can’t fly away from her problems.

6)        Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? 
Up In the Air will be published by Jolly Fish Press. The publication date is July 6th of this year.

7)        How long did it take you to write the first draft of your
I didn’t keep track, but if I had to guess, I’d say at least a year; maybe even longer. My answer to Question 9 will explain why. 

8)        What other books would you compare this story to within your
This is a tough one. Even though I’ve read an innumerable number of children’s books, none quite compares with Up In The Air. Still, I will go out on a limb and say (with cheek in tongue) that one or two aspects of my story can compare to some degree with The of Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis and Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass.  

9)        Who or what inspired you to write this book? 
As I mentioned above, scenes for Up In The Air popped into my head while I was meditating. I was so excited (plus afraid I’d forget the ideas) that I immediately jumped up, ran downstairs to my computer and started typing. By chapter 3 I knew I was in deep trouble, so I went back upstairs, closed my eyes and resumed my meditation. 
Nothing, Nada, Zilch.

It took me months to figure out the best way to convey the essence of the book and the ideas that had come to me during the meditation. Then I had to write and rewrite and rewrite (ad infinitum) certain chapters before I could complete the book. Whenever I felt like giving up or found myself working on one of my other manuscripts, I would remind myself that if I had received the idea for Up In The Air during a meditation, then it needed to be written. I had to find a way.  

And eventually I did. 
10)      What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Imagine a world where dreams come true; anything imagined or desired. Well, Chimeroan is such a place. Yet be warned. Dreams come with a price. 

Here are some of the amazing authors joining the blog hop next week:   


  1. How neat the book came to you out of the ether, Ann Marie! It sounds wonderful.

  2. Sounds so wonderful. Can't wait to read!

  3. It's really fun to see your answers to these questions, Ann Marie. I never even knew where the idea for Up in the Air came from. Interesting! Perhaps I should learn to meditate if such great ideas could be waiting for me. :)
    ~Niki Moss

  4. Thanks Niki - lol - you definitely can't go wrong with meditation.

  5. Your book sounds so magical and fun, Ann Marie! Can't wait for July 6th. It's just around the corner :-)

  6. Thanks Elsie :) And yes, 4 more months - so hard to believe!!!