Next Big Thing Blog Chain, features authors from U.S., Canada and beyond. All are asked to answer questions about their latest project.
CAMEO’s lead consultant Susan K. Maciak published three career-related or corporate-related non-fiction books: What Are People Skills, Anyway? JOB SHOPPING and The Monster Show. Now, she’s writing fiction for the first time.
What is your working title of your book?
First Job Jitters by Susan K. Maciak
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Like the 17-year-old main character of her new book, Maciak worked her way through college. First Job Jitters is based on her own experiences as a young woman on her own after high school. The story includes mystery and romance, but it also provides plenty of tips for entering the job market and surviving obstacles to earning enough money to enroll in college.
What genre does your book fall under?
First Job Jitters falls under fiction for middle school and high school youth.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
The stars of the Twilight series, of course. Beneath the First Job Jitters, there’s a sweet, innocent love story between a young girl and a man she admires. A child snatcher, rather than a pack of werewolves, create the conflict, however.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Anastasia gets her first job, solves a mystery, catches a kidnapper and falls in love — all in one weekend.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Published by Xlibris.
How long did it take to write the first draft of your manuscript?
First Job Jitters was put to paper in 2009. The story was reconsidered, revisited and is under revision for the past four months of 2012 — to be published in 2013.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
The pure and simple love story was inspired by the Twighlight series. The concept of including career planning and job-seeking elements is probably new. Those elements fit into the author’s mission of helping people land a job they’ll love.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The school-to-work movement of the 1990s highlighted a huge need for career education. School funding shortages and new academic requirements caused those programs to dwindle, so Maciak is filling in the gaps. JOB SHOPPING, her first book walks high school and college students through the entire employment process. Her next book, First Job Jitters, will provide more subtle career planning tips wrapped into an intriguing story to attract a larger audience of readers.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?