The Next Big Thing

I’ve been tagged by Fran Wilde to do The Next Big Thing, a post about one of my WiPs.

So, without further adieu,

1. What is the title of your work in progress?

The title is Abigail Rath Versus Blood-Sucking Fiends.

2. Where did the idea for the book come from?

I’ve seen a lot of movies about fearless monster hunters, and I had this thought: What would it be like to be a kid whose parents were fearless monster hunter? This book is about that.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

This is a middle grade fantasy. In some places it spans into horror, but since it’s for younger kids, I’m not trying to make it too scary. At least until the stakes are high. No, that was not a pun.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I would love to get Christopher Lee to play Lee Christopher. Yup, it’s that obvious. Reginald Rath would be Hugh Laurie. Pauline Rath would be Emma Thompson (with an American accent). And the kids? Well, there would have to be a nation wide talent search for Abigail, Vince, Marty, Coral and William.

5. What is a one-sentence synopsis of the book??

Abigail Rath wants to impress her parents with her natural monster slaying talents, but discovers that humans and monsters co-existing is much more complicated than she thought.

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

I will be seeking representation for Abigail Rath Versus Blood-Sucking Fiends, as I do for all of my projects.

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

One month. It was last year’s NaNoWriMo project. Currently I am in the third rewrite.

8. What other books would you compare this story to in your genre?

Would you believe Diary of a Wimpy Kid? Because there is a group of friends that work toward a common goal. And these three series: the Gilda Joyce series by Jennifer Allen, the Theodosia Throckmorton series by R. L. LaFevers, and the Enola Holmes series by Nancy Springer.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Hammer and Universal horror films. My husband Bryon, who has a great interest in and a vast knowledge of this unique kind of camp. My friend Steve, upon whom the initial portrayal of Reginald Rath was based.

10. What else about this book might pique your readers’ interest?

Well, I plan five of these, each a spin on a particular monster. Much of the action in the book takes place at a roller rink. I get to talk about vampires and sparkling. And I’m learning how to be Californian for the book.


You know Fran tagged me. Go check out her site above.

And I’m tagging:

Miranda Suri
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Matt A. Hughes

Christopher Kastensmidt
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Catherine Evleschin
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Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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