Sunday, December 2, 2012


By: Joelle Charbonneau
Okay, I am the caboose on the Do Some Damage "Next Big Thing" Train Adventure.   To be honest, I am not exactly sure which book I’m supposed to be talking about…the book I’m writing, or the book that is going to be published next.  Yep—it is quite possible I’ve been working too hard or inhaling fumes from one to many sugar plums.  Still, I am going to attempt to answer these questions as best as possible.  And if I sound a little addled—well, it is probably because I am.
1) What is the working title of your next book?
Since this says working title, I’m assuming it means a book that I am currently working on and not one in production with my publisher.  In that case, the title of the book I am currently writing is GRADUATION DAY—the final installment of The Testing trilogy that will start hitting shelves on June 4th.
I guess I should also admit that I’m also working on the first couple of chapters of Rebecca Robbins mystery #5 that I have currently titled Skating Up Hill.  
2) Where did the idea come from?
Well, the idea for The Testing trilogy as a whole came out of years of watching my voice students go through the college admittance process.  Every year they have more hoops to jump through, more auditions to appear for and a whole lot more stress.  It made me wonder what would happen if the process was even harder and if the worst thing that could happen wasn’t just hearing “No.” 
As far as Skating 5 is concerned, well in Skating Over The Line, I brought a new character to Indian Falls…one with a secret.  In Skating Up Hill, that character vanishes and it is up to Rebecca to discover his secrets and hopefully get him home in one piece.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
The Testing trilogy are post apocalyptic young adult thrillers.   
Skating Up Hill is probably the exact opposite!
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in
a movie rendition?
I have no idea, but if the Skating books ever get made into movies I want to be the camel wrangler.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Um….the ACT meets Hunger Games?  (This is The Testing, although it might be fun to throw Rebecca Robbins and her grandfather into this plot and see what happens!)
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
The Testing trilogy is being published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s.  The first book, THE TESTING, will hit shelves June 4th.  INDEPENDENT STUDY will publish in January of 2014 and the final installment that I am currently writing, GRADUATION DAY, will makes its appearance in June of 2014.
As for Skating Up Hill….the Rebecca Robbins novels are currently published by Minotaur Books.  Book 5 is not yet under contract, so I guess we’ll see how that goes.


Phew…okay!  I hope that made sense.  If not…well, feel free to ask questions about anything and everything and I’ll try to clarify.



(And yes, I know there are several questions on the meme that I didn’t answer.  I opted to forgo them because they made me think I’d answered the above questions incorrectly.  Since, I liked my above answers, I decided to end things here.)


Dru said...

How long do you think it will be before a publisher picks up book#5?

Joelle Charbonneau said...

Dru - good question. With my publisher it could be a week or several months before they make a decision. I hope that they like the next idea. I know I do:) (And more than anything I hope they want the series to continue. We shall see!)

Dru said...

I hope so too...I want to see this series go on and on and on