Wednesday, October 10, 2012



Wow!  Tagged in a blog game.  Sounds like fun and a good excuse to update my blog. LOL. 

What is the working title of your book?
My current WIP (and by this I mean in its last Beta than ready for the query world!  Wahoo!) is called Club Neverland.  I came up with the name the same time I came up with the story since it's about a club that is a modern older-teen version of Neverland.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I've always been a HUGE Peter Pan fan.  I also have always found the story very romantic.  The sexual innuendo's in the original are cleverly done and very clear to me.   Of course that could just mean that my mind is dirtier than most, but I don't think so. LOL. 
Anyway, I always wanted to do a retelling but couldn't get my head out of the historical element of it, because my voice is ultra-young and modern. 
Until . . .  I realized I could make it my own, put it in my voice and give an entirely new spin to the story.

What genre does your book fall under?
YA Fantasy Retell

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Eek!  This is tough.  I have pics from the internet that I've modeled my characters after but have never thought of actors.  I'll give it a try, though, and post my inspiration pics for the characters.

I'd have to say Douglas Booth as Peter.  He'd need a tan and contacts to lighten his eyes, but he has a boyish yet sexy style about him.

For Wendolyn Lace Darling, I think Diana Agron would work.  She's a little taller than my character and her hair a little too light, but the innocence of her face feels like Wendolyn.

For Abby (Wendolyn's BFF) I’m thinking Hayden Panettiere

Cole Shepherd with a little darker hair would rock John (Wendolyn's younger brother)

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Oh geez!  Haven't even thought of one.  I'll give it a try.
Seventeen-year-old Wendolyn's upside-down world is tilted even more when she falls into the arms of the mysterious boy-owner of Club Neverland and is whisked away to his enticing world.

That'll have to do it for now.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Agented, I hope.

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

Four weeks!
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Ummm . . .

I guess, I'd say the genre of fairytale retells like Beastly and Cinder.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The love of the original novel and the idea of making it my own.  Most of my ideas come to me spur of the moment and I run with them.  That is how I write so quickly. 

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?

If you like very out of the box retells with lots of surprises and sexual tension, you'll love this.  Peter is a cursed boy making the best of what life has dealt him,  and Wendolyn is a struggling teen who is trying to keep her toxic family from falling apart.   Neither are looking for a savior or help but end up finding just that in each other. 

Okay, that is the most I've written on that book since I finished my last edits.  I actually enjoyed it and think it was good for me.  A big thanks to Liz for that.  You rock!!!!!!

Now to tag 5 others.  Oh, the pressure.  LOL

Christy Farley
Dawn Brazil
Sarah Fisk
Michelle Young
Janie Bill

Thanks for the fun.  Can't wait to read everyone else's! 

Tara  :-)


  1. Tara!

    Club Neverland sounds fascinating.

    Love the concept of stacking sexual tension around the eternally playful Peter Pan. I am totally grooving on your choice for lead. Club Med with resident Pretties. An innovative twist on a classic.

    I am so honored to have been selected as one of the lucky five. Thanks a gazillion!

    Your pal and huge fan,


  2. I just love your story. It's full of awesome. Thanks for tagging me! I don't know if I'm allowed to reveal my current WIP or the novel that I just turned into my agent. I'm afraid I'm all secrets right now. But you know all of those secrets Tara! Maybe I'll do one on GILDED. That would be fun.

  3. Great post, T! I have to get mine together, too. Sometime... LOL.