The Next Big Thing Blog Hop: Kat Micari on her as-yet untitled novella

I’ve been tagged to take part in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop, a way of connecting writers together and driving their readers to new material and new writers.  I was tagged by my amazing writer friend Peter Tarkulich.  You can read his answers here.

What is your working title of your book (or story)?

My novella currently is without a title, but hopefully inspiration will strike on the next pass of edits!

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I wrote a short story over a decade ago, and the main character stuck with me for a long time.  I also really enjoyed playing with the writing style.  After percolating in my brain for a long time, I realized the character needed a chance to grow more.

What genre does your book fall under?

It is an urban fantasy, and while I didn’t set out to do so, falls nicely into the YA genre.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Complete unknowns for the leads, although I’d love to see Cillian Murphy as Kristoph (the villain), and maybe I would have Christopher Plummer for the Controller and Kathy Bates for the Birdwoman.  I’ve never really given it much thought before.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

I really haven’t perfected the elevator pitch yet, but here goes: “A disenchanted young model living alone in the city finds herself drawn into a strange reality where magical beings battle for humanity’s future.”

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I will be self-publishing this and an illustrated poetry collection at the same time (soon!).  I’m not ruling out ever working with an agency, but at the moment, I am trying the self-pub route. 

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Longer than it should have!  Seriously, it took about a year.  I’ve been working under massive time constraints, which is why I went with a novella-length story rather than continue plugging away at my novel.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I really don’t like to compare books.  It makes me feel nervous and superstitious.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I started out wanting to write the story of a young woman’s internal journey into finding personal strength and depth of character.  She does find inner strength, but the outcome isn’t quite what she expects it to be.

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

All of my magical creatures hide themselves in our modern day world, some in very unique ways.  There is one chapter in particular where I chuckled out loud writing parts of it.

And now I’m supposed to continue the hop, but I again don’t like to call anyone out.  If anyone wants to pick up the mantle of the survey, please do so, and I’ll edit this blog to include a link to your site!