The talented and magnanimous Tami Moore tagged me for The Next Big Thing meme. Answers apply to my recently trunked novel, Dream Chaser.
What is your working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Dream Chaser grew out of my admiration for my pastor.
What genre does your book fall under?
Christian General Contemporary Fiction
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
David Moore……………………Marshall Allman
Charlotte Moore………………..Lucy Lui
Dr. Henry Taggard…………….Dennis Hopper
Bryan Wayne……………………Matthew McConaughey
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
David Moore finally stops running from his calling to professional ministry only to find the he’s committed unforgivable sins that will permanently disqualify him from ever being a pastor.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Dream Chaser will have to self-published. The subject of a man trying to become a pastor what is in David’s past is likely too counter culture a subject for traditional publishing.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? May we see an intro?
It took me about a year to write the first draft. I was writing on and off, and not exclusively working on Dream Chaser.
Here’s the current intro:
There was no denying it anymore. It was over, really over.
David sat in the middle of his efficiency apartment and looked around for the last time. Bare
hooks adorned the walls, and the entertainment center sat empty. The only reason the apartment
wasn’t completely empty was that it came prefurnished. Sonya had cleared out her stuff months
ago when she left him. Everything he could still call his own, save one piece of clothing, was
packed away in the beat up Ford Escort downstairs.
Papers were arrayed on the floor in front of him. One was his report card from the previous
semester. Attached to it was a letter from the university informing him he was now on academic
suspension. The other was the signed divorce decree.
He got up and went to the closet. On a single hanger hung a thread bare Edmonton Oilers
jersey with the number ninety-nine emblazoned on the back. David grabbed it off the hanger,
and pulled it over his shirt. He gave the apartment one last inspection to ensure he hadn’t left
any of his stuff behind, and satisfied it was cleaned out, he slung his bookbag over his shoulder
and walked out the door slamming it behind him. The piece of paper stapled to the door rustled.
It had the word EVICTION NOTICE written in large red letters. David made a rude gesture at
the paper, and headed out to his car.
There was only one person in the universe he wanted to talk to at that moment. He turned the
key, but the car only responded with whirring and sputtering. David sighed. Figures, this was
just the sort of day he was having.
“Come on, babydoll,” he said as he rubbed the dashboard. He kept turning the key and
giving it a little gas. After a couple more tries the engine finally turned over.
He drove into downtown of Auburn, Alabama, a small town for a big school. Fraternity
houses lined the border of the campus. He slowed as he passed the Chi Phi house knowing he
was no longer welcomed there. Finally the small sign he was looking for came into view. It was
blue and white with three stylized, capital letter ‘C’s. This was where it all began. It was here
that David forgave God for taking his mother, and rededicated himself to the God he learned to
love as kid, and the call that was placed on his life.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Like Tami, I’m still reading to get an understanding of the genre. I haven’t found a ton of pastor stories. I’m worried that may mean its a tired trope in Christian fiction. The genre itself seems to be dominated by stories with a romantic emphasis (historical romance, contemporary romance, etc.)
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Pastor Paul. He is such an amazing communicator. He takes old concepts and makes them fresh. He takes words that have lost their meaning and gives them meaning in our culture and context. He brings the Bible to life in a way no other pastor has. He’s taught me how fundamental grace is, and given me a glimpse of just how much God loves.
Paul is the most transparent pastor I’ve ever met. One Sunday, he revealed some of his past from the pulpit. I knew what he was admitting to would disqualify him from being a pastor in many churches in my town.
It made me so angry to think that this man, who had more than proven himself to me, wouldn’t even get a shot because of things in his past. I wanted to write a story about this type of situation, and maybe people would rethink their ideas.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The book is primarily set in Chattanooga, TN and Atlanta, GA. David confronts many of the problems the Church has today trying to stay relevant in our culture.
Tag, You’re It!
Cathy Morton – a new writer finding her voice. She blogs about recovery and her amazing life story.
Bill Denise - a fellow Saucy Ink writer. He writes Biblical Fiction, and Sci-Fi. No blog, but he is more than welcome to use this space to post his answers.
Janice Decker – author of Taking the War, Janice teaches a writing course in Charleston that I highly recommend. No blog, but she is more than welcome to use this space to post her answers.
John Patricelli – a voracious reader who blogs about video games, BBB as he is known on the internet has mentioned a novel he’s been working on several times. I’d love to find out more.
Rules of The Next Big Thing:
*Use this format for your post *Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress) *Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.
Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:
- What is your working title of your book?
- Where did the idea come from for the book?
- What genre does your book fall under?
- Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
- What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
- Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
- How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? May we see an intro?
- What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
- Who or what inspired you to write this book?
- What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
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