So, according to the rules of "The Next Big Thing", my author interview is posted below. Enjoy!
What is the working title of your book? We're Only Human
Where did the idea come from for the book? The idea for We're Only Human came from a crush I had in High School. Every day in Gym Class, I'd see this cute guy playing basketball and though I liked him, I never had the courage to talk to him. Finally, during the last week of school, he stopped playing basketball long enough to walk up to me and start a conversation. He was really sweet and I'm so dorky that, to this day, I still get giggly thinking about that...
What genre does your book fall under? YA, Science Fiction, Romance.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? I would cast Zac Efron and Meagan Tandy in the lead roles, along side supporting actors Dane DeHaan and Sarah Ramos. (Also, while we're dreaming... I would want either J.J. Abrams or my brother to direct it! )
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Lanie, a Freshman at South Louisiana High, is struggling with the loss of her mother as well as a sudden onset of O.C.D. when she unknowingly attracts the attention of Randall Hawke III, a popular jock with a secret identity.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I have a feeling that agent representation would be best for this story.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? About three months.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? This is a tough question and I'm going to take the comic book route. What?! Yes, let me explain...I think I can compare the romantic aspect between Lanie and her new jock friend to Spiderman's Peter Parker and Mary Jane, but in this case, Lanie (the "Mary Jane") is something of a geek while her jock friend (my story's "Peter Parker") is the more popular of the two.
Who or What inspired you to write this book? I was at a point in my life where I felt a bit abandoned and recalling this one rare occasion back in High School when a gorgeous boy (who was also very nice) took the time to talk to me and ask me questions about myself was such a nice memory that I wanted to dwell on it and even jazz it up with some sweet sci-fi curve balls : )
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? The underlying theme of "We're Only Human" pertains to our capacity to look beyond the visible differences that society tends to focus on, and, instead, see others for who they are. Additionally, YA readers with an interest in theater/acting will probably be able to relate to Lanie's love of theater.
I'm thrilled to have been able to participate in "The Next Big Thing", so a huge thank you to Monica and I hope those of you who read this will also take the opportunity to visit Zoe Cannon's site!
Zoe Cannon- http://www.zoecannon.com/