A blog hop is like a giant game of tag to help readers discover authors who are new to them. For this hop, authors are answering 10 questions about what we’re working on now. This week, I’m it.
I was tagged by Christa Allen. Visit her blog to see who else she tagged. At the end of this post, I’ll tag more authors who will be joining the hop next week. Follow the hop long enough and you’re bound to find books you’ll love!
Here is my Next Big Thing!
1: What is the working title of your book?
I just signed a four-book contract with Baker Publishing Group and am in the middle of writing the first manuscript. A little boring, but the working title is Book One. (smiles)
2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
I’m a former legal investigator and trial paralegal who worked on many high profile cases, including the Jack-in-the-Box e-coli litigation in the mid-nineties and the largest cattle fraud case in the United States. People are often at their most vulnerable in these tense situations where much is at stake, giving me a unique perspective on the human psyche. Early in my legal career, I recognized there could be value in telling stories about women facing relationship fractures, betrayal, and loss and how we often exhibit strength and dignity in these journeys.
Each of the four books I’ve just contracted with have elements of these cases.
3: What genre does your book come under?
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Before I start writing a word on a new story, I create a notebook with photos of my characters, houses, cities etc featured in my book. For my current manuscript, a photo of Sandra Bullock is the main character. I also included photos of Reece Witherspoon, Joan Rivers, and Ben Affleck.
5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
I can’t disclose details yet, but let’s just say readers who watch the popular television show DALLAS will love this story!
6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
Revell/Baker Publishing Group is the publisher. I’m represented by MacGregor Literary.
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I’m writing now. Last night at about midnight, I closed the screen down, thinking “I love this story!”
8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Any reader who loves Kristin Hannah, Jodi Picoult, Elin Hilderbrand will be drawn to my stories. I write poignant and emotionally-compelling stories about women in life changing circumstances.
9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I worked a court case for a couple of years that involved the largest cattle fraud in the nation, at that time. Certain elements from that case will serve as a backdrop to this next story.
10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Readers often say my debut novel, MOTHER OF PEARL, had them glued to the pages, not able to put the story down. I think readers will find this next story will keep them reading non-stop as well!
Below you will find the authors who will be joining the blog hop next Wednesday. Do be sure to bookmark them and add them to your calendars for updates on WIPs and New Releases! Happy Writing and Reading!