Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Next Big Thing in Books

Let's have some fun, shall we? Join our blog hop and read about some pretty awesome authors and what they have in store for you in the future!

What is the working title of your book?
As evidenced by the picture, my title is, The Haunting of Maddie Branson.


The Haunting of Maddie Branson by Amanda Stephan


Where did the idea come from for the book? 

During the fall, a friend and I were sharing creepy stories about things that had happened to us, and she wondered if it was possible for Christians to have to deal with supernatural/unexplainable circumstances. That really made me wonder if other Christians wonder the same thing.

What genre does your book fall under? 

My book started out as a short story then morphed into a novella, and is pretty quickly becoming a full-length novel as the characters and scenes are playing out. The genre would be Christian paranormal/thriller with a twist of mystery. :)

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?For the main male character, I'd pick Tom Hiddleston or Matthew Goode. For the female lead, Amy Adams. For the not so wonderful aunt Cora, Glenn Close and for the other male character, it would probably be Ryan Gosling.


What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? 

Ooh, one sentence! Here it is:
Maddie Branson knew there was something different about her house. It had reached out and touched her in the deep...dark recesses of the night!
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

This one, I'm planning on self-publishing as it's a small story, but I am in the market for an agent/publisher.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Haha...it is...to laugh...
Actually, I'm not even finished with the first draft. These characters keep telling me their stories and their pasts. It's actually quite interesting.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

The Widow of Saunders Creek by Tracey Bateman and a little like Escaping the Cauldron by Kristine McGuire, except fiction. :)
Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I mentioned earlier that a good friend and I were chatting about Christians dealing with paranormal circumstances. She wondered if Christians deal with things of that nature, or was she a little different. According to the Bible, we wrestle against principalities and unseen powers, so I honestly believe that we can and some do.

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

Some of the incidents in this story are actual happenings. Some were things I had to deal with, and other issues were dealt with by other Christian friends of mine.
Stop by these other authors' sites and leave a comment ~ trust me. You'd make their day!

Toni Nelson - Author of a fantastic memoir about her life that discusses looking at all people as children of God, "A Beggar's Purse" - http://tonikaynelson.blogspot.com/

Melissa Alani - Author of a darling children's book, "God's Biggest Treasures" -http://melissaalani.blogspot.com/

Elaine Littau - Author of Christian historical fiction who has several books that are inspiring and point people toward the grace of God. http://nansjourney.blogspot.com

Mukkove Johnson - Author of some fantastic children's devotionals, "Easter is All About Jesus" and "Christmas is All About Jesus" http://christmasisaboutjesus-devotion.blogspot.com/

Paul R. Hewlett and his newly released book Lionel's Christmas Adventure! http://sherahart.blogspot.com/ 

Virginia Finnie and her newly released book Hey Warrior Kids! Grab Your Slingshot! http://heywarriorkids.com/

Lisa Tortorello who is working on, Mark the Missing Moose! http://lisatortorello.blogspot.com/2012/12/tag-im-it.html
Darlene Shortridge who is working on a new story! http://www.darleneshortridge.blogspot.com/

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