1. What is your working title of your book (or story)?
I first called it Mole People, because it's about people living underground, but my Son was very sad that it wasn't actually about talking moles. I still call it Mole People, but that's only a working title. I imagine the real title will have the word "dark" in it.
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?I was teaching a novel writing class at SLCC and I made all the students pitch their books on the last night. There were so many dystopia books that students took to saying (in a fake, movie trailer voice) "In a post-apocalyptic world...." before giving their pitch. The phrase took hold and I wanted to write something. I'm not sure where the whole idea came from. I probably stole it.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
Definitely young adult dystopia.
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Ack! I'm sure by the time I finish the book all of the people I choose will be too old. But, that said, Chloe Moretz would make a great Sarah (main character). I could see Logan Lerman as Jonas (male lead).
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The Dark Something (ha!) follows storyteller Sarah as the secluded religious community she has grown up in searches for the Final Prophet who will lead them into the light.
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I will probably look for an agent.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Off and on (mostly off) for four years. Seriously for the last year.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
It is most influenced by the novel Oyster, which is not a YA book at all. I don't know of any religious community dystopias but I am sure they are out there.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Students mostly. I also wanted to write something that would be more straightforward (chronological) than the other novels I've tried to write, so I set out to write a book with a more traditional trajectory.
10. What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
The book switches between the perspectives of Sarah, the storyteller, and Jonas, a boy she meets in her journey. It also quotes extensively from the (made up) book of their origins, The Book of Earth.