Friday, November 2, 2012

Nosy Writers! With Debbie Maxwell Allen

Debbie Maxwell Allen, of Writing While the Rice Boils did a little question meme for the week, and I figured since I was on a roll with memes/hops that I doing one more fun one couldn't hurt! (I swear, I'll be back to normal posting days as of Monday, but it's a holiday week, so hopefully you'll forgive me?)

1. What is the name of your book?
Lonely Hollow: Synthesis

2. Where did the idea for your book come from?
I had a dream about a couple of kids suddenly being able to fly. While that particular scene/ability never shows up in the book, that was the dream that spawned my idea of kids who begin to develop certain abilities/powers, and have no adults to consult about it.

3. In what genre would you classify your book? 
It's post-apocalyptic fantasy.

4. If you had to pick actors to play your characters in a movie rendition, who would you choose?
Kieran, my main male character, would be Steven Strait, as seen in Sky High as Warren Peace.
Zane would be a mix between Emilio Estevez in Breakfast Club (personality) and Jensen Ackles (appearance).
Justin would be a young Patrick Dempsey, curly hair and all.
I haven't found the perfect person for Samara, but the closest I've gotten is Nina Dobrev of Vampire Diaries.

5. Give us a one sentence synopsis of your book.
Sixteen years after a virus sweeps the globe, several teens in a mountain village begin to discover new powers within themselves as they search for the answers to their origins and fight to keep their village safe from invaders.

6. Is your book already published? 
No. I'm still editing it.

7. How long did it take you to write your book? 
 It took less than a year to write it, but has taken a couple years to edit it, as I've entered a couple contests to get critiques and used those to continue editing.

8. What other books within your genre would you compare it to? Or, readers of which books would enjoy yours? 
Probably things like Hunger Games, The Uglies, The Max series by James Patterson, etc.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book? 
I had been holding it in my head for a long time, but the spark that got me writing was my first Pikes Peak Writers Conference. I left that conference and immediately began writing notes, figuring out characters, etc. When the next NaNo came by, I decided to more thoroughly invest in it and set my own goal of 30,000 words, which I believe I made, and that helped me continue writing it.

10. Tell us anything that might pique our interest in your book.
This book combines a post-apocalyptic theme (though not necessarily a dystopian one) with super human powers and an exciting journey.


I got to this later than I'd hoped, so there are only a few hours left until it closes, but it's a fun one to do if you just want to post a bit about your novel. If you do it, even if the linky is closed, give Debbie a shout-out at her blog (link in first paragraph), so she can check it out!


  1. I've enjoyed reading various bloggers answers to these questions. Always a treat to learn about how a story came to be.

  2. Very cool idea! I love real world fantasy and it's always fun to hear the stories behind the stories - this is a fun blog meme.

    You get bonus points for "casting" Jensen Ackles. His show is possibly my favorite of all time :)

  3. This sounds like a great read - I would definitely give it a whirl :)

  4. Bish, I like reading about that, as well.

    Lauren, I love Supernatural! And JA is HOT.

    Becca, hehe.

    Trisha, awesome to hear!