The Next Big Thing

First of all, a thank you to Lyn Miller-Lachmann for tagging me in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop. You can read all about her awesome new book, Rogue, here.

I was originally going to write about my thesis, Triptych, but then this shiny new idea took over my brain so I’m going to write about that instead. You’ll just have to forgive me πŸ™‚

What is the working title of your book?

La isla de la luna or The Island of the Moon.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

This actually started as a story that the protagonist in Triptych was writing. So it was originally a story within a story. Then it kept getting longer and more complicated and eventually became more interesting than the original novel and seduced me away from it, lol.

What genre does your book fall under?

Spanish-flavored fantasy?

What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I have no idea how to answer this. Most of the Spanish actors I know are older than my protagonists. Clearly I need to watch more Spanish films.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A young girl washes up on one of the last floating islands with the power to control the sea and meets the dangerous Crooked Man, a magician who makes her question everything she’s taken for granted: her courtiers and friends, her magic and her past.

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

Hopefully when I finish this it will be represented by an agent!

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

I’ve only written bits and pieces so far. I’m nowhere near done yet.

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

This is another hard question. I haven’t seen a whole lot of Spanish-themed fantasy books. I’d say “Pan’s Labyrinth” (even though it’s obviously not a book), but the time period is all wrong.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I’ve been seriously needing to write some self-indulgent fantasy and this story has given me permission to do that. I’ve always been in love with the sea and dreamed of having my own island and being able to do magic. I’m also very fond of tricksy magicians. So this story rose up out of my desire to write about many of the things that excite me as a writer/reader. I actually sat down recently and brainstormed all the exciting things I could put in this book. It made me deliriously happy.

What else about your book might pique the readers interest?

I’m just going to write you a list of awesomeness to entice you. This story contains: the daughter of the sea, a shape shifting magician who collects hearts, a floating island, an Iberian lynx named Fuego, a red fox named Lucifer, a ship wreck, a curse, a troupe of traveling players, masquerade balls, and ships with black sails. Hey, there may even be pirates. We’ll see πŸ˜‰

And now to tag other writers to share their Next Big Thing…

L. Marie

Sharon Van Zandt

Val Howlett


  1. Lyn Miller-Lachmann Avatar

    Would Antonio Banderas work for the Crooked Man, or is he too handsome? If so, you could consider Alberto Castro or Gael Garcia Bernal. (As you can see, I don’t know a thing about actors in the U.S., but Spanish or Latin American actors are another story.)

    That said, your story sounds like a lot of fun. I look forward to reading it when you finish.

    1. Sharon Van Zandt Avatar

      Your book sounds wonderful, Shawna. Can’t wait to read it!

      1. Shawna Lenore Kastin Avatar

        Thanks, Sharon πŸ™‚

  2. Shawna Lenore Kastin Avatar

    I think Antonio Banderas is too old, sadly, but I do love Gael Garcia Bernal! I don’t know Alberto Castro at all. What has he been in? Thanks for the suggestions, though πŸ™‚ Maybe Diego Luna, too? Now I have to think of some girls…

    Anyway, I’m so glad you like my story πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to write it!

  3. L. Marie Avatar

    Your book sounds wonderful, whimsical, and warm (there, got that third W word). Love the elements you include–the magic, the shape-shifting magician, and the floating island!! So many great things to look forward to when I get my hands on this book.

    1. Shawna Lenore Kastin Avatar

      Yay! The three Ws! I’m so glad you like it πŸ™‚ I think this is going to be lots of fun to write.

  4. Shelby Avatar

    What is there not to love about this book? (answer: nothing)

    1. Shawna Lenore Kastin Avatar

      Haha, aw, thank you!

  5. Mae Pelster Avatar

    Go Shawna!

    1. Shawna Lenore Kastin Avatar

      Thanks, Mae!

  6. laurasibson Avatar

    Gael Bernal Garcia *sigh* This story *double sigh* Shawna — write like your fingers are on fire because this story is going to sweep us all into the protags salty sea πŸ™‚

    1. Shawna Lenore Kastin Avatar

      Teehee! Thank you! I’m so excited you guys are so excited!

  7. Sharon Van Zandt Avatar

    Okay, just checked out Gael Garcia Bernal. And, oh my, yes! Great suggestion, Lyn.

    1. Shawna Lenore Kastin Avatar

      He’s awesome πŸ™‚

  8. laekanzeakemp Avatar

    Spanish Fantasy? Yes please! This sounds great!

    1. Shawna Lenore Kastin Avatar

      Thank you πŸ™‚

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