Welcome, clever readers! This is Jennifer Paetsch, author of Ghost of Doors. Super nice guy Michael Fedison asked me to participate in “The Next Big Thing,” a sort of author/blogger Q&A, and I eagerly accepted. In case you don’t know (and you should!), Michael is the author of The Eye-Dancers, a YA contemporary novel about four boys adventuring to a strange alternate universe, which I read and really enjoyed. Be sure to get a copy of his book if you haven’t already. Don’t worry. I’ll wait.
Back so soon? Okay. They say if you can’t be funny or smart, be brief, so here’s my Q&A:
2. Where did the idea come from for your book?
I mainly wanted to explore two ideas: A city with exits that changed depending upon who was near them and a human who didn’t want to become a monster even though everyone around him did. I wondered about how he would live. Who would his friends be? And so on.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
Young adult paranormal urban fantasy.
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
There’s lots of actors who would be great. Maybe Luke Benward for Wolfgang?
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A young man must avoid being killed by his doppelganger long enough to save his father and friends from being trapped forever.
6. What is the longer synopsis of your book?
Seventeen-year-old Wolfgang Schäfer’s only chance to escape the city of Doors and the doppelganger out to kill him is to find the one door that accepts humans. While searching, Wolfgang uncovers a secret which makes him doubt everything he thought was true about himself, his missing father, and the motives of the factions who rule the city. Together with a horse called Pilgrim and his best friend the seductive, blond changeling Marie, Wolfgang realizes that escape might not be possible without turning into the thing he hates most—a monster.
7. Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?
8. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I originally had two characters–Wolfgang and Marie. But they were somewhat different in the early stages. Marie was the human and Wolfgang was the monster. But I rewrote the story several times, and came up with this story which I really wanted to tell. This is the final product.
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
This book is for teens who like contemporary, urban, fantasy fiction with a little romance, and enjoy fairy tales retold. If you like supernatural stories and old stories made modern, then this is the book for you.
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Thanks for spending some time with me today! Next, Maxi Shelton has been kind enough to be “The Next Big Thing!” Please visit her at her blog to see her answers. Have a great holiday season and a happy New Year!