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Friday, March 22, 2013

The Next Big Thing...a.k.a. Work-In-Progress

I realize I've been very secretive about the book I'm working on, but Amy Brecount White, friend and author extraordinaire, is not going to let me get away with it any longer! She invited me to participate in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop, celebrating what secret project authors are working on next. You can see her answers here, and mine are below:

1: What is the working title of your book?  I'll Never Tell. (No, really, that's the working title! Though it will probably change, knowing my track record. Remember Brimstone Soup? Street Creed? Right.)

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?  I was having a conversation with my writer-friend Martha Brockenbrough at an SCBWI conference, telling her about an experience I'd had in college. I was ironing my outfit, and Bam, the idea suddenly landed. I spent most of the conference writing it down. (This is eerily similar to how TELL ME A SECRET hit me...I should go to more writing cons with friends!)

3: What genre does your book come under? Contemporary Young Adult.

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Hmm...my book might have a very full cast. There are four voice characters whose stories are interwoven, then a couple of secondary characters they interact with. The central character, Sayla, could be played by my friend Erin McIntosh - she could be innocent and moody and mysterious all at once. I was going to take the fifth on the love interest, but then I saw a poster for The Host and thought...yeah, Jake Abel could definitely be Hugo.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?  Four voices, four terrible secrets, and one explosive murder that will bring them all together.

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency? I'm represented by Edward Necarsulmer at Dunow, Carlson & Learner.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? After thinking about the idea for a couple of years, I wrote most of it in a month - though the last part is taking a bit more time.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?  Maybe the emotional intensity of a Laurie Halse Anderson book crossed with the grit of Ellen Hopkins and the romance of a Deb Caletti book. And I might say it's definitely a Holly Cupala book. :-)

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book? A chance meeting I had in college with a person who would change my life.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Secrets...murder....intrigue...romance.

Okay, so I get to tag someone now! I think, since she is partially responsible for this bolt of literary lightning, that I will tag Martha Brockenbrough, author of the absolutely delightful and hilarious DEVINE INTERVENTION, available from Arthur Levine Books. You can check her out this Saturday at Disneyland (DISNEYLAND, PEOPLE!) at The YAppiest Place on Earth!


  1. Go Holly!
    Go Erin!

    Whenever I read the phrase, "I'll never tell," I hear Brittany Murphy saying it. :)

  2. ERIN!!!!!! <3

    That's so crazy that you know Erin too. She was in a youth theatre show with my sister so that's how I know her. She is so sweet and SO talented! Such a perfect choice. :)

    I cannot wait for this new book! It sounds awesome and I'm totally cracking up at the fact that its working title is literally "I'll Never Tell." So ironic! XD

  3. This one sounds wonderful Holly! I can't wait to read it.