Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Next “Big” Thing

I’m joining this blog hop with several other authors. We are answering questions about our latest work in progress. After I give my answers the questions I will post links at the bottom of future posts by other writers.

Of course I am excited to have my first two books published but the thrust of this blog is:

The Next “Big” Thing:  

What is the working title of your book?

Through The Deep Waters.

Where did the idea come from for the book?  

I’ve always been a sucker for the underdog. And the story that came to me was first based on the premise of false accusation.

What genre does your book fall under?

The focus of the story is on human relationships so that makes it Women’s or contemporary fiction.  

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

I am open for suggestions on that one since as a member of a conservative Anabaptist denomination I have limited exposure to movies and actors. 

Can you give us a quick synopsis of your book?  

A German Baptist woman, untrained in criminal tracking, must identify a killer before someone else dies. She puts her life and reputation at risk to uncover the deadly secret.

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

The book is represented by Sarah Joy Freese of WordServe Literary.

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

Since this was only my second novel it took me about three years to complete the full draft of the story.  During this time I have learned how to talk to my characters when they are reluctant to share.

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

The book is a combination of a Kim Sawyer type of Anabaptist story mixed with medical drama.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?  

Agents, Editors, other writers who tell me, “Other people would like to know more about your church community and your culture.” So I continue to write about what I know. It may be a small niche audience, but so far readers of my debut book are sending me nice letters and emails.

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

My books focus on family relationships, and the need for the close friendship of women. And I can’t help but step up on my soap box with this question.

You see, when I first began to study the craft of fiction, I was told, “If you have a mission, write non-fiction.” The problem with that is Jesus had a mission, and He used Story to tell the world His message.

Next Wednesday be sure to check out Donna Alice Patton's Next Big Thing.

Mary Ellis’s Next Big Thing.

Sandra Moore’s Next Big Thing.

Adam Graham's Next Big Thing.

And Teresa Slack’s Next Big Thing.