The Next Big Thing
First off – thanks to Carol Berg, who tagged me in the Next Big Thing! (If you haven’t read Carol’s lush epic fantasies, you should add them to your bookshelves now. Today. Go. I’ll be waiting here for you!) On to the Next Big Thing…
What is the working title of your next book?
The Single Witch’s Survival Guide, the fourth book in the Jane Madison Series.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
The last Jane Madison book came out about four years ago, and I still receive email every week asking me when I’m going to tell the next chapter in my librarian witch’s story. I’ve known for a long time that Jane opens up a magicarium, a school for witches, but I haven’t been certain how I wanted to tell that story. Perhaps I would write a series for young adults, focusing on the students in the school? Or maybe I would write a spin-off series, presenting the tales of individual instructors?
Then, one night, I sat down and looked at my core characters – Jane and David (and Neko and Melissa and Gran and Clara, of course.) I realized that there were lots of things left to say about their lives. I poked, and I prodded, and I actually wrote up an outline… and Survival Guide was born.
What genre does your book fall under?
Paranormal chick-lit. Or chick-lit paranormal. You know, something like that.
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I am so not good at this. For one thing, I’ve lived with Jane and David for over a decade, and the movie stars that were perfect when they first came into my life aren’t so perfect now…
My original description of Jane, for the art department, was “Marcia Cross, in a candid photo taken outside a Starbucks” (and I had a paparazzi photo to help.) And my original casting for David was Jon Hamm.
But now? I’m not so sure. Jane is younger than Marcia is now. And David has a bit of Jim Caviezel blended in…
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When Jane Madison launches a school for witches, she thinks she’ll be able to tackle big new witchy projects (climate change, anyone?), but she soon discovers that magic is a lot more complicated than she ever imagined it could be.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
The Single Witch’s Survival Guide is my first novel that will be completely self-published. It will be available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other e-book venues.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I’m working on it now. I outlined the novel back in October, but Life intervened to keep me from finishing as quickly as I would have liked. My current plan is to have the book available online by no later than Valentine’s Day.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Of course, Survival Guide will be similar to my own Jane Madison Series, my vampire novel, Fright Court, and my As You Wish Series. As for other books in the genre… Jane’s story feels a bit like Julie Kenner’s demon-fighting soccer Mom and Mary Janice Davidson’s Queen Betsy books.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I have always enjoyed Jane, as a break from some of the grimmer, more depressing stories that I write. After drafting a novel about school bullying, I just had to turn back to Jane’s crazy life!
What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s a Mindy Klasky light paranormal. That means that it’s certain to include fine food, sophisticated humor, and a quote or two from Shakespeare. (You can read samples of the other Jane Madison books on my website – www.mindyklasky.com).
So that’s it. The Next Big Thing. It’s all over now, except for the tagging. And I’m reaching out to the following authors:
Kimberly Kincaid – one of my “sisters” in Washington Romance Writers.
Carmen Webster Buxton – one of my colleagues from the Writers Group From Hell.
James A. Burton – a fellow SFNovelists.
Anyone else who wants to play along!