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Dec 4, 2012 Sightless: A Novel in Progress 2 Comments


I’ve been invited by Eddy Rivas to participate in this lovely little meme: My Next Best Thing! I’m super excited to talk about my novel, SIGHTLESS!

…so here we go!

P.S. Feel free to ask any follow up questions you might have — the more the merrier!

1. What is the working title of your book?


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

I knew I wanted to write a Young Adult novel, but it wasn’t until I was shampooing my hair that I realized I wanted to write a fantasy novel about daemons.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

SIGHTLESS is urban fantasy/paranormal. There’s a romantic element, but it is far from a romance.

4. What actors would you chose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

So, I cast the entire book, and there are 14 characters. That’s a little extensive for a blog post, so I managed to narrow it down to 8! If you’d like to know about the rest, leave me a comment and I’ll be happy to share!

amandaleightoncarlyLiam would be played by Jonathan Rhys Myers

The main character, Carly, would be played by Amanda Leighton. I’m tempted to say she’d be played by my sister, Diana Spieller, but she’s not in Hollywood yet. Carly is head strong, loyal, and…a daemon. She’ll stop at nothing to protect her family and friends, even if it means murder.

Liam, the handsome Irishman who invites Carly to join the Dominatori, would be played by Jonathan Rhys Myers. Not only does Myers have the sex appeal, but he has the intensity necessary to play the conniving Liam.

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Tyler, Carly’s best friend and love interest, would be played by Asher Book. If I’m honest with myself, it’s because he’s hot.

Marie, Carly’s assassin mother,  would be played by Marion Cotillard. I feel like I don’t need to explain why — just look at how awesome she is. Or watch her in anything. She’s just…fabulous.

Naya Rivera

Diana, second in command to Liam, is strong, independent, and deadly. She doesn’t take any backtalk from Carly, and she’s serious about self defense. She’d be played by the fantastic and fierce Naya Rivera.

Detective Morales was actually written with Edward James Olmos in mind. He’s tough, but kind, and does his job above all else. Don’t mess with Morales.

Edward James Olmos

When I realized that I had written a character that could be played by Helena Bonham Carter, I was really excited. Thanata is a daemon with a grudge…that can only be repaid in blood.


5. What is a one sentence synopsis of your manuscript?

I’m going to break the rules, because I can:

When Liam, a handsome Irishman with a sweet ride, tells sixteen-year-old Carly that her rare daemonic power of Sightlessness has earned her a seat on an ancient daemon council known as the Dominatori, she’s not sure she’s up for the challenge. A lifelong fight to keep the existence of daemons in Los Angeles a secret isn’t exactly the extracurricular she’s been looking for…

Carly soon realizes that there might be more to Liam and the Dominatori than meets the eye. If she wants to survive, she must decide if she will ignore her instincts and commit herself to the daemon council, or if she will stand up to an ancient tradition that threatens the lives of the people she loves most.

For an excerpt, click here.

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

Like Eddy, I hope to go the traditional route. I think having an agent in your corner is invaluable, and I also want to have the support of a publisher behind my book.

I also want book swag for my readers. 😉

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

I started writing Sightless in November of 2011, but I didn’t really get down to business until June of 2012. The first draft was completed in October of 2012.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within the genre?

SIGHTLESS combines the struggle between family and individuality found in DIVERGENT with the kick-butt heroine’s journey of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” I’ve also been told that it has some things in common with DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE.

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

My love for Young Adult novels and literature in general inspired me to write SIGHTLESS. I also felt like I had a very personal story to tell, and I wanted to get that out there.

10. What else about the book might pique a reader’s interest?

Hopefully the bizarre daemon powers, the plot twists, and the character driven narrative will appeal to readers, as will the complicated relationship between Carly and her missing mother. But if all else fails, there are some grizzly death scenes you don’t want to miss!
The End!

I’m passing the meme train along! Check out Jolene Haley’s blog on Friday, December 7th, Dan Malossi’s blog on Tuesday, December 11th, and Leah Rhyne’s blog on Monday, December 10th!


  • Giora
    Dec 9, 2012 at 7:28 pm Reply

    I only know three actors from your list. Jonathan Rhys Myers is a great choice. (I also know the last two). It’s cool that your sister is an actress. Because your storyline is set in LA, you might want to write a movie script based on your novel with the help of your sister. You’ll find that writing a movie script is much easier than a novel. You just go over your novel and keep the actions and the dialogues and then formatting it according tot he rules of writing a movie script. And give the script to your sister to try and shop it around with her playing the leading role, or a secondary role. That will give you two chances to make it: as a novel and as a movie. And maybe you’ll get a pleasant surprise that the movie script will be bought before your novel.

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