IIIIIIT’S BEAUTIFUL BOOKS TIME!!! Woohoo!
(My thoughts exactly, Kermit)
How did you come up with the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
I’ve had the idea for a Peter Pan retelling for a couple years now, ever since I found out the book isn’t copyrighted anymore; my original idea was a mash-up of Peter Pan and Jack Frost, but then I had the fleeting thought of “what if Peter Pan was a superhero?” This idea eventually became too tempting to resist. I overhauled most of my original idea, and so far, I’m really happy with how it’s turning out.
Why are you excited to write this novel?
I finally get to write a book about superheroes! And it’s a Peter Pan retelling! Disney’s Peter Pan has always been one of my favorite movies. Obviously I can’t base my story off the Disney version…it’s quite interesting the differences I’ve discovered. Barrie never refers to pixies in the Peter Pan novel; he calls them fairies. I almost freaked out the other day when I wondered if Tinker Bell was even called Tink in the book…but she is. *sigh of relief* Anyhoo…I’m really liking all the ideas I’ve come up for this story and how well it has come together. I actually have a decent plot…for the whole series! (I still need to work out the nitty gritty details of the later books, but I know the general direction of the plot)
What is your novel about, and what is the title?
Titles. Bleh. I have such a hard time coming up with them. For now, I’m calling my book Shadow Fighter until I come up with something better (because before that I was calling it my Superhero Peter Pan story. Sadly, that doesn’t work as a title…) Here’s a back-of-the-cover blurb.
Londinium was once a failed colony of humans struggling to survive on a barren planet. Now, thanks to advances in technology, the colony has evolved into a thriving metropolis.
Peter North promised his mother he would never grow up and he’s doing his best to keep that promise, despite his ever-nearing 18th birthday. He and his best friend Tiffany “Tink” Bell are often out looking for adventure and are always running into danger. One fateful night, they find themselves at the scene of a deadly spaceship crash that will forever transform them and their planet. Now they may be the only ones powerful enough to save Londinium from the terrible shadow monsters—and the dangerous criminal who controls them. Peter may have finally found the adventure and freedom that he has always dreamed of—but at what cost to his family?
Sum up your characters in one word each. (Feel free to add pictures!)
The main characters: Peter: immature// Tink: loyal// Hook: vengeful//
The families: Peter’s mom: loving// Peter’s stepdad: down-to-earth// Tink’s parents: eccentric//
The lost boys (well, some of them are girls, so I need a different name…): Tomo: overlooked// Nikolai: carefree// Sloane: snobby// Curtis: incompetent// The twins: terrifying
Which character(s) do you think will be your favourite to write? Tell us about them!
GOSH THIS IS A HARD QUESTION. I’m really excited to write my two POV characters, Peter and Tink. But I’m also really excited about my lost boys (or lost boys and girls??? I need a better collective name…). I’ve based their characters off the lost boys in original book (ah, the joys of retellings…) I’m taking some creative license with the twins, because the book doesn’t say much about them. I don’t think I’ve ever become so attached to minor characters in one of my stories; they’re going to be so much fun to write!
What is your protagonist’s goal, and what stands in the way?
Peter’s goal is to escape the responsibilities of young adulthood and find adventure. Eventually, his goal shifts to fighting the evil that has invaded his city. Tink—well, she gets dragged along for the ride. She wants to be a good friend to Peter, but she is also dealing with her own goals in her life. What stands in the way? Sooner or later, Peter is going to have to grow up. He can’t just bum around his parents’ house forever and that terrifies him. Also, there’s the whole shadow monsters and vengeful criminal invading the city. That’s kind of a problem.
Where is your novel set? (Show us pictures if you have them!)
On a different planet, many years into the future. The human colony has transformed into a sprawling, enormous city. I’m still working on the name of the planet; the name of the city, Londinium might change…ugh, I’m just not very quick at coming up with names.
What is the most important relationship your character has?
Peter’s most important relationship is with his mom. He doesn’t want to disappoint her, but he also doesn’t want to accept the responsibilities of growing up. His biological father left when Peter was five, and now Peter’s worst fear is turning out his father.
Tink’s most important relationship is with Peter. They’ve been friends for a long time and now Tink has started developing feelings for Peter…that he is totally oblivious to. She doesn’t want ruin their friendship by making it awkward.
How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
Peter realizes that his selfishness in refusing to grow up will only cause pain for the people around him. He also realizes that the danger to his planet is much greater and may be bigger than he can handle. By the end of novel, Tink’s feelings have begun to change and she becomes more of her own person, instead of just being Peter’s friend.
What themes are in your book? How do you want your readers to feel when the story is over?
Maturity is a big theme of this book (and the overall series). Also, the importance of family and parents.
I hope readers will love the characters as much as I do. This story actually has a bit of a sad ending…which is unusual for me. I’m a happy endings sort of person. However, I see this story as a part of a larger story which will have a happy ending. So readers will probably walk away from this book a little sad; however, there is hope at the end! And the story continues!
NaNoWriMo BONUS: Tell us your 3 best pieces of advice for others trying to write a book in a month.
Erm…considering I’ve never written a book in a month before, I don’t feel qualified to answer this question. 😛 Do any of you veteran NaNoers have advice? Do share!
Are you doing working on a book right now, or planning to do NaNoWriMo? If so, I’d love to hear about it!