THE NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP

I first heard about The Next Big Thing Blog Hop on a Facebook writer’s group, when Kimberly Menozzi posted to ask if anyone was interested in participating. I had no clue what it was, so of course I jumped right in with both feet! ‘Cause what else could I possibly do?

Kim sent me the basics of what the NBT Blog Hop is (I’d done a similar one years and years ago when I first started blogging).

Basically, it’s an Independent Authors game of tag.

One author posts, and then tags five other authors, who each link back to them. Exponentially it is a marketing gold mine, and you my fair reader have hopefully just increased your to-read list. Finding new and exciting authors you may never have found otherwise. Some of us are still writing, others are just being released.

Either way, for you Fiction Lovers, a treasure trove awaits and I’d like to thank fellow Author Kimberly Menozzi for tagging me to participate.

Click the links to find out about Kimberly’s books.
Blog | Purchase link | Twitter

In this particular hop I and my fellow authors each in their perspective blogs have answered 10 questions where you get to learn about our current WIP (Works in Progress) as well as some goodies as to our process, from characters and inspirations to photographic/ cinematic eye candy! I hope you enjoy it!

If this or any other items pique your interest, please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions.

HERE ARE THE QUESTIONS

1: What is the working title of your book?

The next women’s fiction book I have coming out is tentatively titled Something in the End. It’s a project I started more than three years ago, after completing Hold My Hand (which was released last year). I still consider it one of the best things I’ve written.

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

It was a multi-part process to come up with the idea. The basic premise came from this question: What if you met your soulmate, but they were already in love with someone else? It’s a great question, and I think it happens all too often. People fall in love with a person they think is perfect for them, they get married, they have children, and then they meet someone who they just click with, and who makes them question everything they’ve believed to that point.

I’ve always had this love affair with the northeaster coast of North America, from Maine northward through the Canadian Maritimes and Newfoundland and Labrador. I’ve explored the coasts of Maine, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, but haven’t made it any further north than that. So of course I decided to set the book in Newfoundland, which I’ve only ever seen in pictures and movies.

The characters just came to me, as they always do.

3: What genre does your book fall under?

It’s women’s fiction, though there’s a strong romance element to it.

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

This one’s easy for me. I always cast my books when I start writing, as it makes it easier for me to make the characters come alive. On that note, here are the actors I’ve always pictured.

Cass (the protagonist): Kate Winslet

Cass

Dave (Cass’s husband): Matthew Fox

Dave

Grady (the other main character): Hugh Jackman

Grady

Tessa (Grady’s wife): Charlize Theron

Tessa

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

I’m always horrible at these. The original one I used was the question that served as the basis for the book: “What if you fell in love with the wrong person and then the right one showed up years later?”

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

Self-published. I’m not a fan of legacy publishing, though there are a lot of good independent and small presses out there. But I enjoy the entire process, so I love self-publishing my books.

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

This took me longer than basically any other book I’ve written. I worked on it for a couple weeks, and then posted part of it to Authonomy. I got one very discouraging comment that literally made me cry (only time that’s ever happened when I’ve had my work criticized), and shelved it for nearly a year. But then I took it back out and decided to finish it. It took me another week or two to finish up the first draft.

I’m so glad I did finish it. I can’t remember if I submitted it to Nathan Bransford’s Page Critique Monday before or after I finished it, but I got what was possibly one of the most favorable critiques he’s ever done. It really boosted my confidence in the whole book. I’ll be editing the book soon, and hope to get it released sometime in 2013.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I’m really bad at comparing my books to other books. I guess I’d compare it to my other book, Hold My Hand. Which I know is a total cop-out, but it’s the best I can do.

9: Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I get inspiration from everywhere and everyone. I don’t think I could pinpoint where it came from…

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Something in the End touches on some very sensitive subjects: parenthood, infidelity, betrayal, friendship, illness, love, and just how much we should consider other people when deciding what is best for us.

So this section was supposed to read: “Below you will find authors, who will be joining me by blog, next Wednesday. Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on WIPs and New Releases! Happy Writing and Reading!”

Except I suck at planning ahead and didn’t actually find anyone who wanted to participate. Because I suck. (Okay, not really, but I have to be hard on myself sometimes.) So instead, I’m just going to open up the comments to any fiction or creative non-fiction indie authors out there who want to plug their books. Rules: include up to three links (I’d recommend your own blog, a link to purchase your book, and a link to your Goodreads or Facebook profile). No spam. No books other than creative non-fiction or fiction. And I reserve the right to not approve your comment if I choose to do so, or to remove one or more links from your comment if I feel they’re inappropriate or of low quality or for any other reason.

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