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The Next Big Thing – A Blog Hop Post

As part of ‘The Next Big Thing Blog Hop,” I was tagged by (Trailblazer Marianne K Martin http://redroom.com/member/marianne-k-martin) in her post last week. The purpose of this hop is to expose you to writers and works that perhaps you haven’t heard of, whether a new release or a Work in Progress (WIP). This is week 25.

According to the rules of the hop, I will be answering some questions (the same ones for every other blog hopper) about either my newest release or my WIP, and then at the bottom of the post I’ve listed authors who will do the same thing in their blogs next Wednesday, Dec 26.

Alright then – let’s get started!

What is the working title of your book?

Does She Love You is the title and that’s pretty well set in stone now.  It the first title I’ve ever selected before writing the book.  The others have all come very late, some of them at the last possible second.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Reba McEntire and Linda Davis have a duet called “Does He Love You?”  I loved that song as a kid.  There’s so much drama, so much story to it.  I wanted to take those themes and turn them in to something longer, something deeper, something gayer.

What genre does your book fall under?

It’s a romance, but not a very traditional one.  It’s got a long journey to travel before it even gets to the girl-meets-the-right girl stages.  It’s darker than anything I’ve ever written, but also one of the most redemptive. And, it’s told from three different points of view instead of two, which adds another layer, but trust me, I will get you into traditional happy-ever-after potential eventually.

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

Annabelle was written with Laura Linney (think Simple Twist of Fate) in mind, Nic is based loosely on Alexis Hedison, and for Davis I was picturing a young Annette Benning, but I think Anne Hathaway could do it if she dyed her hair red.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Three women struggle through the act and aftermath of betrayal.

What is the longer synopsis of your book?

Annabelle Taylor has been in her ideal relationship with an adoring partner for thirteen years. Davis Chandler is jaded from years of bad luck with women, but she thinks she’s finally started dating the girl of her dreams. The only problem is they’re both in love with the same woman. Nic McCoy is living a double life that is about to come crashing down on all of them.

All three women are left trying to rebuild their lives in the wake of shocking realizations that leave them second-guessing everything about themselves and each other. As they struggle toward recovery, they each face life-altering questions about trust, redemption, and the possibility of finding love in the wake of betrayal.

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

It will be published by Bold Strokes Books in July of 2012.

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

All told I worked on this one off and on for about 18 months, but I also edited LoveLife and Spanish Heart in that time, so Does She Love You didn’t get my full attention.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

As I mentioned above, the idea came from the Reba McEntire song, and I’d been wanting to write it for a while now, but I only intended to write it from Annabelle and Davis’s points of view with Nick serving as the villain.  It wasn’t until I heard KG McGregor speak at GCLS about going deep and not taking the easy way out that I knew I had to address Nic too. I didn’t have to love her, but I had to understand her, to let her be a real character, not just some evil symbol.  KG inspired me to challenge myself, and I hope I’ve lived up to the challenge.  I know the book is certainly stronger for it.

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

I think it’s something different within a very familiar genre, and I hope it’s a good kind of different.

Next Wednesday check out these author’s blogs to find out about their Next Big Thing:

My good friend and partner in crime Georgia Beers at www.Georgiabeers.com

And my sister-wife/Godbaby mama Sarah Gerkensmeyer at www.sarahgerkensmeyer.com

If you’re a fellow writer and would like to participate in this Blog Hop, please reach out to them and let them know!

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December 19, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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