Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:
1. What is the working title of your book?
Fish Story: A “Tail” of True Love
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
This was a short story I wrote when I was still married to the love of my life. (I still wish that our story could have continued on as happily as this one does.) The hero is patterned directly off of him (so much so that he recognized himself immediately when he read it and got mildly offended that I wrote about his “geekiness”!). When I first wrote it, I worked part-time in a mini mart that offered live bait for all the fishermen who came to fish in the lakes and rivers of that area of the Sierra Nevadas. I think that’s what gave me the idea to put the fishing spin on it. I dug the old short story out, saw that it could be developed into a novel, and started working on it.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
I never stick precisely to one genre, but this one comes closest to romantic comedy.
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
The cast would have to be young, since my main characters are all in their twenties, so I would want Victoria Justice to play Gilda, the heroine; Daniel Radcliffe to play Louis, the hero; AnnaSophia Robb to play Angel, the antagonist femme fatale; and Chord Overstreet to play Gerald Grouper, the antagonist male (this actor is particularly appropriate since he’s already played Trouty Mouth on Glee—tee hee).
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A new twist on an old line, or is it a tangle—lots of laughs for readers as they follow the antics of Gilda, a reluctant “fisherwoman” who spies “the big one” on the horizon and is compelled to catch her Grouper come hell or high water with the “help” of her best buddy, Louis and the hindrance of her nemesis, Angel.
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Not sure yet which. It’s still a work in progress. I’m leaning toward a combo, if that’s possible.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Since the “first draft” was actually a longish short story, it didn’t take long. About a month, off and on.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Hmmm…that’s a tough one. While my stories often have elements common to other stories, I’m often told that my ideas are “fresh” and/or “quirky”. For example, the story started out to be a love triangle and has evolved into a quadrangle. So, just guessing, you might compare it—somewhat—to the books in the Nerd series by Vicky Lewis Thompson.
9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
As I said above, my nerdy ex-husband (who turned out to be anything but a nerd) inspired me, but I also have mega-muses who bombard me constantly with new ideas, and so I also have to bow to them. (I think I have all nine commonly known muses and then some!)
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I took the first four pages to the San Diego State University Conference in January of this year for an on-the-spot critiquing session, and I was the only one who didn’t come under the “fix this” fire of our facilitator, author Louella Nelson. She and the others—male and female alike—in the room were all laughing as the pages were read; Louella said she loved the “chutzpah” of it, and several people told me they were already “hooked”. ;o) I really think the fact that fishing terminology is used makes it funnier, even if you’re like Gilda and you hate fishing.
My take on participating in the blog hop?
When George first invited me to participate, I thought it would be fun, a great way to notice and get noticed. And answering the Ten Questions was fun--BUT finding five other authors who were willing to participate in the hop WAS NOT.
I know a lot of published authors. I belong to Indie Book Collective and the Desert Rose Chapter of Romance Writers of America. I emailed some of the authors I know in Desert Rose personally. Only one, Shanyn Hosier, accepted the invite. Then I put the call out for participants on both LOOPS within these two groups. One person, Frankie Blooding, from IBC, answered that. Finally, I asked Robert, a personal friend, author of The Stolen Concept (whose upcoming book--The Iceman--I edited). HE didn't have a blog, so I set him up with one just to get a third participant. (And his web designing company's software is anything but user-friendly, let me tell ya!) It was like pulling teeth just to get the three "tags" I got. I realize how this little rant sounds, but I can't believe more authors didn't want to take advantage of this opportunity! I have enjoyed visiting the sites of those who did participate, and I would like to ask them to PLEASE leave comments, so I know they visited me, in turn.
The authors I’ve tagged who ARE participating are:
Frankie Blooding: http://www.smblooding.com/blog/
Shanyn Hosier: http://www.shanynhosier.com/
Robert G. DeMers: http://robertgdemers.com/blog/
Check them out!