Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop!

Hi, everybody! Well, I've been tagged more than once to do this Next Big Thing Blog Hop, but for one reason or another, I couldn't do it--until now. I finally was able to say yes to Sarah Penner, so go check out Sarah's "Next Big Thing" blog post!

So, The Next Big Thing is supposed to be about what book I have coming up next. Well, my next book is actually a bit of a sequel to the one that just came out this month, The Fairest Beauty.

If you have read The Fairest Beauty, which you can purchase now wherever books are sold, 

you may be wondering about Valten, Gabe's brother. The story didn't end well for him, but his story isn't over. He gets his own heroic tale told in my next book The Captive Maiden, which is a Cinderella story in which he finds his own fairest beauty. ;-) So now I'm going to tell you a bit about that book, which is set to release in October.

1: What is the working title of your book?

The Captive Maiden

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

The idea came from the Cinderella story, from Valten, who is a character in The Fairest Beauty and gets to be the hero in The Captive Maiden, and I threw in some stuff inspired by the great novel, Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott.

3: What genre does your book come under?

It is a Young Adult, Inspirational, Medieval, fairy tale retelling romance. Is that enough genres?

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

If I had to choose actors who would play Valten and Gisela in a movie rendition, a good actor to play Valten might be Jensen Ackles, who has the perfect look but ought to be a little brawnier, as Valten is quite muscular, being a trained knight.

And here's another picture of the "Supernatural" star.

Put him in Medieval clothes and a sword in his hand and you have Valten, the hero of my next book.

As for Gisela, the heroine, the perfect actress to play her would have to be blond and beautiful, but also tough and feisty. Maybe Emelie de Ravin with blond hair:

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

The Captive Maiden is a fairy tale retelling of Cinderella, set in the Medieval town of Hagenheim and continues the story of Rose and Wilhelm's son, Valten, and a beautiful named Gisela, who gets kidnapped by Valten's rival.

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

The Captive Maiden is being published by Zondervan in October, 2013

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

The rough draft took me about four months to write.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I would compare this book to my other fairy tale retellings, and also to other Inspirational historical romance stories with lots of action and romance.

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Valten's character inspired me to write this story. I'd been wanting to write a Cinderella story, but I wasn't sure how to do it in an original way, and then Valten turned out to be the perfect hero for a Cinderella story. He was my inspiration!

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

One of my inspirations for this book, besides Valten's character and the story of Cinderella, was the book, Ivanhoe, by Sir Walter Scott. I love that story, and since my hero is a knight who likes to fight in tournaments, I was inspired by the tournaments that Ivanhoe engages in, as well as the tradition of knights wearing the scarf of the lady he loves into battle. Such a fun, romantic concept! And I think Valten makes good use of it in my story. :-)

So, if you have read The Fairest Beauty and wondered, "What about Valten?" I hope this answers that, at least until October when you can read the entire story!

And now I want to encourage you to go to my friends' blogs, who have also agreed to participate in this blog hop!

1. Kathleen Maher

2. Debra Collins

3. Bridgett Henson

4. Sarah Holman


Sierra said...

Sounds like a great book, one that I cannot wait to read!! Thanks for sharing :) Sierra
Keep growing beautiful!

Hayden said...

I LOVE the title for your next book! I haven't read The Fairest Beauty yet, but I ordered it and I can't wait for it to come :)

Melanie Dickerson said...

Thanks, Sierra and Hayden! I'm still bubbling with excitement about The Fairest Beauty releasing yesterday, but I didn't want anyone who has read it to be upset on Valten's behalf. I wanted everybody to know, he's going to get his own story!

Sarah Penner said...

Whoo!! Already can't wait for 'The Captive Maiden'! I'm just getting into 'The Fairest Beauty' and I already love it! Thanks for taking part in this Melanie! :D

Melanie Dickerson said...

Sarah, and the others who have read The Fairest Beauty, do you think this actor looks like Valten?

Sarah Penner said...

Melanie, I think he fits perfectly! I also agree that he needs to be more muscular... at least that's the image I had in my mind too!

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

Can't wait to read and review this book and put up my Snow White picture from Disney World's Epcot center that will go perfectly with the post!!! Hugs!

Medieval Girl said...

I sometimes find myself sympathizing with the baddie/antagonist/rival in books or television (speaking as a Guy of Gisborne fan).
So Valten getting a 'happy ending' seems satisfying perhaps in a way- I think I rather like him, but Gabe too.

Melanie Dickerson said...

Sarah, yes, you're right! He needs more muscles! ;-)

Carrie, haha!!! Can't wait! ;-)

Medieval Girl! If you're a Guy of Gisborne fan, I think you will like Valten's story. ;-) And you know, even the bad guys are heroes of their own stories, or so they think.

Medieval Girl said...

Yes, some baddies likely do have a measure of narcissistic egotism which might cause them to think like that.

Guy of Gisborne did have the advantage of well, being Richard Armitage, which was probably the main reason I liked him.
Valtan seem like a nice lad though.

Melanie Dickerson said...

My daughter, who has read both The Fairest Beauty and The Captive Maiden, actually likes Valten better than Gabe. She said The Captive Maiden is one of her favorites of my stories, if that tells you something!

Charity said...

How have we never talked about casting before? I am such a fan of Jensen and now I'll get to picture a burlier version of him when my own copy of The Fairest Beauty arrives. I swear, I'm biting my fingernails waiting on the postal service to deliver it :) Can't wait to read it and TCM. And I have to know who do picture as Gabe???

Melanie Dickerson said...

Charity! :-) I think the person who looks the most like Gabe is probably Dez Duron. He was on the Voice this past season and he has that sweet, boyish look that Gabe has. :-)

Charity said...

I am an avid fan of The Voice so I know exactly who Dez is. Yay! May the book come quickly :)

Melanie Dickerson said...

Isn't Dez a doll? I am big fan of his!!! Love his singing style.

Space Coast KAPer said...

Your website contact form doesn't seem to work. I clicked "send" and was redirected to a web page about building a new website from scratch.

I was trying to get a hold of you to invite you onto my blog to promote the Fairest Beauty.

Melanie Dickerson said...

Thanks for letting me know that, Space Coast KAPer! I have asked my web guy if he can take a look at it. The email address itself still works, though, melanie at melaniedickerson dot com.

Coranne said...

Its about Valten! Its Cinderella! Those are the two things I had hoped for!!!

elisabetta modena said...

Hi Melanie! It's a very good idea writing on a Cinderella story (sorry my bad english, do you remember me? I'm an italian, inspirational author). I read your interview. I liked when you said that the story was born reflecting on Valten.
I will look at the blogs of your friends.
Happy Easter!