WIP Blog Hop

I was tagged by the wonderful Sarah Ahiers to participate in the Liebster Award Blog Hop about my WIP, Expiration Date. Love your questions, Sarah!

What is your WIP about?

Sixteen-year-old Treyton Staub has run out of days to live, according to the life certificate everyone receives at birth. With less than twenty-four hours before he’s sure to die, Hayleigh Hoffman, his deceased best friend’s twin sister, shows up at his door and takes him on a midnight road trip. He’s hoping to die quietly, quickly, and painlessly. She’s looking for a way to tell him a secret that might just keep him alive.

(blurbs are so much harder after you’ve already started writing the book.)

How long have you been working on your WIP?

Depends on how you define “working on.” I came up with the idea in October 2013, but didn’t start writing it until November 1, 2014.

Who is your MC?

Treyton Staub, social outcast because of his expiration date. Loves his sister, hates himself. Excellent photographer. Loner.

What are some of the themes you’re exploring?

Oh, goodness. I have too much fun with themes. The main ones are about valuing yourself and choosing your own future. I also have a lot to say about suicide and religion.

What song would represent your story or MC?

When I originally got the idea, the album “Vice Verses” by Switchfoot was my inspiration. For a bunch of reasons, I haven’t listened to the album at all since I started writing, but the title track still represents it best, I think.

Vice Verses

If you were casting your story as a movie, who would play your main character?

I don’t know. I don’t really look at celebs when I’m thinking about what they look like. I made a Sims character instead. But Cole (or Dylan) Sprouse as a teenager would work. 🙂

Cole Sprouse

What is your favorite line in your WIP so far?

Since I didn’t write my novel on the cloud and I’m not on my laptop right now, I don’t have the whole thing to browse through. However, as far as a single line goes, I know that one.

“For the love of God, don’t mention Jesus.”

For one thing, I love the irony. Treyton means the “for the love of God” part, rather than swearing by it. It also highlights some of the issues Treyton has with the really screwed-up version of Christianity that comes about (see my first excerpt, which this quote is from) when everyone already knows when they will die. Finally, I think it captures Treyton’s voice well, which I didn’t always succeed at as I was getting the plot down.

If your MC were to have a pet, what would it be?

A big dog, like a golden retriever.

When do you think your WIP will be “done?”

Ha! Everyone knows they’re never done. I’m not sure if you mean timing-wise or the amount of work left, so I’ll answer both.

For the amount of work left, I have between 8,000 and 18,000 words left in the first draft (probably 10 to 12 thousand), then two rounds of editing I’ll complete myself before sending it to my CPs. I want to have that finished before the end of March, so that my own story is off my plate when I go to Disneyland. (Which I am SO RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED ABOUT.) After I get it back from all my CPs, I’ll revise again, send out to a few Betas for a quick read, and hopefully that will be it.

I have a lot of faith in the story, and I think this one will go a lot quicker than my first novel did.

Who’s your favorite side character in your WIP and why?

Obviously I have a lot of love for Hayleigh, the romantic interest. But as far as minor characters go, I think Officer Alvarez (name likely changing because once again I have too many A names in the MS) is my favorite. He showed up randomly and took the plot in a whole new direction, and when I got stuck again, his character got a new dimension that un-stuck me. I like that about him, and the direction his character took is an interesting one I’m looking forward to exploring further as I revise.

What’s your MC’s favorite food?

I absolutely have a scene where Trey eats his last meal with his family, and it’s his favorite food. But I cannot remember for the life of me what it was. However, I do have an excellent scene involving an old bag of Cheetos.


Thanks, Sarah, for the excellent questions!

I would like to tag

Karyne Norton
Michael McDonagh
and anyone else who would like to.

And here are my questions:

  1. What is your WIP about?
  2. How is it different than anything else you’ve written before?
  3. If you were to use an epigraph in your book, what would you choose and why?
  4. Who is the hardest character for you to get right on the page?
  5. What was the most surprising (different from your outline/vague idea) that you’ve written so far?
  6. What makes this book easy to write?
  7. What themes does your WIP explore?
  8. Has anything that happened or is happening in your life inspired or changed your WIP somehow?
  9. If you could be transported into a world where your premise was real, would you want to go?
  10. Tell me about your antagonist.


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