by Marcy Collier
The Next Big Thing is a global blog tour to showcase authors and illustrators and their current work. I was tagged by the very talented Kate Dopirak.
I’ll answer the interview questions based on my current work in progress.
My second son was a newborn. I can remember sitting on the chair nursing while my husband read the newspaper online and played an audio clip from the article. The story was about a woman from our area (graduated from the same high school as my husband) who became the first female commercial airline pilot. I knew nothing more about this amazing woman except that there was a local park named after her. I spent the next year researching her life.
The book began as a picture book biography based on one amazing endurance flight. After the Rutgers-One-On-One Plus conference last year, my mentor convinced me to write it as a YA novel.
I would choose Jennifer Lawrence for the part of my main character.
Fifteen-year-old Alana Mills dreams about becoming the first female to skydive from space, but first she must learn from her ancestors on how to triumph over tragedy.
This is currently a work in progress.
I wrote the first draft during Nano-Wrimo last November. I had never participated before, but completed a solid rough draft during the contest. Rewriting has been a much longer process.
That’s a tough one. My novel is kind of a mash up between fiction and nonfiction. I’m not sure who’s work I would compare it to since every author has such a distinct, unique voice.
Reading about the courageous woman fliers and their journeys to do what they loved.
The book is built around strong female characters who learn to overcome adversity when faced with tough situations.