I need to shake things up a bit. Do something different. Get out of my blog rut. So I’m breaking a few of my own rules. ‘Cause that’s how I roll. So Jacqueline Hopkins-Walton comes along asking for volunteers to pick up where she left off, in a tag-team blogging game where we answer ten questions about our work in progress. Yeah. I’m taking part in a blog-hop game AND talking about my work in progress at the SAME TIME. Now I’m waiting to be struck by lightning.
Off we go…
What is the working title of your book?
The C-Word. I wanted to title it Better Living Through Chemistry, but some silly Hollywood people are making a movie with the same name. Darn you, Jane Fonda.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Because of a disturbing real-life incident, the idea of secrets had been prickling under my skin. Then two female characters fell into my head: a practical-to-a-fault woman and her controlling mother-in-law. Neither are particularly big fans of the other, and both have life-changing secrets they’d intended to take to their graves. During the course of the story, both have their covers blown. Now what?
What genre does your book fall under?
Contemporary fiction. Seems to be a trend with me lately.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Hmm. Not Jane Fonda, that’s for sure.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Oh, I don’t know yet. Probably something that starts with, “Liza and Adam, a thirty-something couple on the verge of starting a family in their new Hudson Valley home, have their lives and their marriage strained in ways they never imagined when his mother…” Bwah ha ha ha. That’s all I’m telling you.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’ll probably self-publish this one.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It was a NaNoWriMo project, so…thirty days. Yes, folks, it can be done. Although after that particular November 30, the project sat for a while. Composting. Growing plot threads. I highly recommend a gestation period for each first draft. Amazing what a little perspective will do.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Don’t know of any…
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
My mother-in-law. She was one of my biggest fans. She died over five years ago, but I sometimes smell her perfume in my writing room. I can almost hear her saying, “Hurry up and finish that book, already. I need something good to read.”
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
An intriguing but impossible love triangle. Really, are there any other kind?
Follow along as these great folks pick up the thread next week. If anyone else feels like doing it, hop on!