Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Never imagined that I would be giving people a glimpse into my future. Most days, I’m just trying to keep with yesterday! Thanks to Katie Carroll, here it is:  the Next Big Thing for me and my writing. 

What is the working title of your book?  The working title is “Sons of the Sphinx.”

Where did the idea come from for the book?  The spark was lit back in May of 2008 when my husband and I toured Egypt on our own for two weeks. Then, when the King Tut exhibit came to the US, the idea for this story came together. I saw that exhibit 3 times!

What genre does your book fall under?  That’s tough on right now. I am wavering between MG or YA Adventure/Historical.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?  I would like to do a search for the unknown actors. As a fairly new author myself, I would want to give others the chance to fulfill their dreams.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?  A boy pharaoh recruits 14-year-old Rosa to help him clear his family name in a search for his missing Egyptian queen and her grandfather, and the pharaoh who is determined to stop them at all costs.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?   At this point, I haven’t made a decision as to how it will be published, but I won’t use an agency. I’ve had better luck contacting publishers myself.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?  I don’t want to scare anyone, but I’ve been working on this since May of 2011. It has only been in the last two months that I finally decided on the format for the story. My plan is to be done with the first draft by the end of 2012.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?  Genre-wise I would hope Avi’s Midnight Magic and Fiona Ingram’s The Secret of the Sacred Scarab.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?  The inspiration for all my writing comes from my profession as an English teacher. I hope to encourage more young people to discover the joy of reading and to become life-long readers.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?  Sons of the Sphinx gives readers a glimpse into the life, love, and death of King Tut.

Join my two brave recruits as they post about their works-in-progress on November 14th and continue the Next Big Thing Blog Hop.


  1. I feel you about the slow writing process. I am terribly slow at drafting and have yet to find that spark to get it going faster.

    Sons of the Sphinx sounds fascinating!

  2. Thanks, Katie. Nice to know I have company!

  3. Congrats on your book release. I wish you continued success with all your future projects :O)

  4. How exciting - - another book on Egypt! Can't wait to see what you come up with. I find Egyptian history and mythology absolutely fascinating and we've been lucky enough to read the Secret of the Sacred Scarab (Fiona Ingram) and The Golden Scarab (SW Lothian) recently. Loved both of them! Our review of Guinevere is coming within the next 2 weeks - I'll let you know when we post!

    Thanks for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop once again! Cheers!

  5. I love that your inspiration comes from being a teacher! Thanks for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop :)