For this entry I decided to borrow a page from my friend Brad Covey, his blog is worth checking out, not only is he a longtime friend of mine, he’s also an aspiring writer, web designer and all around talented guy, who designed the cover for my upcoming book. So if you can please check him out here.

Moving ever forward into that place where all dreams begin in a world where things go wrong and we never know why.

For this I’m borrowing a bit from Brad’s page. (No this isn’t plagiarism, he’s actually asked authors to do this in his blog, “The Next big thing” And I’m now accepting his challenge.)

“The Next Big Thing blog entry, Is a bit long in the making! I mean, I started this two weeks ago, wrote a bit on it last week, now I’m finally going through and finishing it. So if you’re an author please take the time and try this challenge, it’s not as easy as you may first believe.

What is the working title of your book?

The working title of my manuscript is Losers, something I feel strongly about from being a victim of child abuse and bullying myself. This book is follows my two protagonist, Kyle Reese, and Tiffany struggling to overcome their many obstacles and trials with the aid of their friends who face similar trials.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Honestly, it came to me in a dream. I had started on working on a romantic love story, (So I can make Nichols’s Sparks eat his heart out) but every night I kept having the same dream. My characters wanted their story to be told, needed it be told.

What genre does your book fall under?
Present day.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Losers would need a very strong cast to pull off emotional driven story. I’m thinking either Dane Dehaan As Kyle Reese, Or Andrew Garfield, Mathew Fox as Robert Reese, Sandra Bullock As Miranda Reese, Paul Rudd As Mr. Remley, Brad Pitt as Sheriff Williams, Alex Russle As Zach Greeks, Thomas Mann as Derek Grober, Tiffany Williams will probably be the hardest to cast, just because she’s half native American. Other than the cast I mentioned, I would probability fill out the cast with relatively unknowns. But I would like to have actors who actually look to be the age their playing, not like almost every teen movie out there where everyone in High School looks like they’d have no problem going to a bar and buying a beer. Also on this note, I would like a cast that look like normal, every day people. I always get annoyed when I watch a movie about a school, where the entire cast look as if they could be models, which always takes me out of the movie, because it wasn’t how I remember high school.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

(This is going to be hard, and most likely a very long run on sentence.) Losers follows Kyle Reese a fifteen year old kid who moves to a new now and who’s already struggling to deal with and survive his abusive parents when he starts a new school, finding that he’s already the target of bullying, with his only solace being in 16 year old Tiffany Williams who’s a kindred spirit and with the aid of her two friends, they fight a certain strength in each other, together they stand against the perils that would otherwise destroy them.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I will probably be going the self-publishing rout because the ease of which will help get my story out there and with a little luck it could bring the attention of a few agencies.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
My manuscript is still a work in progress, and I have been working on and off on it for about a year now, I hope to have it done by mid-spring. I was hoping to have it finished but with working a full-time job and going to school, as well as keeping fit hadn’t left me with a lot of free time.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I would think that my story is fairly original, or a original take on what I’m tackling as well the way I’m focusing the story to be very character driven with a explosive climax and the shocking resolution.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
What inspired me? I would say this was a multi-faceted, first I dreamt about this story for several nights, then I started watching the news, reading about bullying, watching shows about it as well. So once I decided to write this book, I started talking to people, asking about their experience with school and if they ever been a victim of bullying, or simply hated or discriminated against. Also being a victim of child abuse where my mother used to beat me for putting my elbows on the table, then having to go to school and struggling just to be accepted and often finding myself being bullied or picked on instead. All too often had I felt completely alone and my only saving grace was the small group of friends I managed to find, or who found me. If it wasn’t for them I doubt I would have made it to where I am today.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Losers deals with very real life situations of the darker side of life. Abuse, discrimination, school bullying and those who turn a blind eye to it, many believing the problem will solve itself. While others are simply afraid of getting involved, afraid that if they do, that they may find themselves being targeted just the same. Losers tells a very different story, that you never know what struggles someone else is going through, who hard it is for them to face simple and everyday challenges. No one really knows the courage it takes them to climb out of bed every morning and it doesn’t take a lot to really be a hero. All you have to do is just stand up for what’s right and show someone a small kindness, you’ll never know how far that kindness can go for someone, especially for someone who feels completely alone. But Losers is also a story of hope, of acceptance, how even in great darkness, there’s always a glimmer of light, of hope and friendship.
Thank you for checking out The Next Big Thing and hope to have more details soon for you about Losers.