The Next Big Thing – that’s what every author likes to think their book(s) will be. Who knows, maybe you or I will be the lucky author!
We are blog hopping our way through some new reads. For those who aren’t familiar with a blog hop, it’s kind of like a treasure hunt. Once you find something on one blog you hop on over to the next blog link for more treasure. In this case, the treasure is a wealth of new and exciting books. Some are still being written, some are just being released. Either way, for readers, it’s a treasure hunt and I’d like to thank Joy Williams for tagging me to participate.
In this particular hop I will answer ten questions…you get to learn about my current WIP (work in progress), some of the characters I’ve come to think of as real, and how I got to the point of writing down over 100 thousand words of what the characters in my head have been whispering to me. As always, feel free to comment and ask questions!
Questions & Answers
What is the working title of your book? The Gilded Life – it is the second book in my series titled The Bridgewater Chronicles. Stairway To My Heart is Book #1.
Where did the idea(s) come from for the book? The Gilded Life is the continuation of the saga of the Newkirk family. In this book we delve into the lives of the Newkirk offspring – mainly Birdie Newkirk, the eldest living child. Birdie is the embodiment of the bad habits of both her parents. The story unfolds in the late 1920s and will take us through to the late 1940s.
What genre does your book fall under? Part historical fiction, part family saga.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Although I’ve pictured each scene as it would play out on the screen, I would be a failure at casting the roles. I believe that the parts should be played by fledgling actors, except for the roles of Kevin and Cordelia. I also think that casting should be left to the professionals who do that sort of thing for a living.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Although I would dearly love to be represented by an agency, I am at this time self-published through iUniverse. I’m hoping that an agency who wants to be in on the Next Big Thing will want to represent my Bridgewater Chronicles – all five books!
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? First drafts normally take me between 8 to 10 months. After that it’s all editing and polishing.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? The first one that comes to mind is Downton Abbey. Some of Philippa Gregory’s books also fall into the historical family saga category. The first family saga I’ve read, Penmarric by Susan Howatch, also would compare to The Bridgewater Chronicles.
Who or What inspired you to write this book? My first three books were historical fiction that brought us snippets of life based on the inhabitants a particular dwelling. I needed a change of pace, so I decided to follow one family throughout a lifetime of history – about 160 years – and see if the latest generation has lived up to the expectations of the earliest generation.
What else about your book(s) might pique the reader’s interest? I try to make my characters as human (flawed) as possible. I also like twists and turns to my plot so just when a reader has figured out what he thinks comes next, wham! Something happens to change the reader’s thought process and make them want to read on.
Below is a short list of blog hop buddies. Check out their blogs next
Wednesday to read about their WIPs and New Releases: