Monday, October 29, 2012

WIP - The Next Big Thing


My dear sweet funny friend Heather Haven, whose parents were circus performers and herself on the stage as a performer, is not only fabulously funny and wonderful, but generous.  She tagged me in a game of round robin, or the author's version of Promote Yourself and Your Friends too.







So first:  my friend who tagged me and her website.  Pictured above are her first three novels in a series of fun murder mysteries.  And her blog with HER answers

Makes sense that she would now be the Amy Pohler version of Lee Child, right?  Seriously, check her out.

The game is this:  We answer ten questions (below) with our answers to ten interview questions promoting the thing we are working on.

"I'm in" I cried perkily, even before I finished treading her email.  And thus am assured that I will be linked to by all ten thousand of Heather's fans and she will be linked to all ten of mine.

Here are my answers to the questions: and below are y friends who also need promoting.



Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:

What is your working title of your book?
            The working title of my book is “Of Mermaids and Mockingbirds.”

Where did the idea come from for the book?
            There is a small island of the coast of North Carolina where I spent some time as a child.  It taught me a lot about community, childhood, and how to be in relationship.  It is the island of my mother’s people.  My family of origin is not the closest of families, but my mother was always the one who taught me about how to be family.  In a way, this is her story,  an homage to her and how she lives today.

What genre does your book fall under?
            I am not sure.  It could be Chick Lit, but it has a lot to say, so it could also be Southern Fiction. And I would love for it to fall under “Literature,” but I am not sure it is tortured enough, or uses long words that are either confusing or erudite.  So I think I have missed out there.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
            Well, I would love Emma Stone to play the grown up version of Weezie, and Jane Levy from Suburgatory would be a great teenage version of her.  I want Queen Latifah to be Miss Maybe, Nathan Fillion would Mr Jack, and Miss Acacia should be Ashley Judd, with Susan Sarandon as Mimi.  I mean this IS my fantasy cast, right?

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
            It is a coming of age novel set on a small island in the South that speaks to us of relationships, redemption and reunion.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
            An agency, please.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
            All together, in fits and starts?  About three years.  And then I threw out half of it, and another third a year later.  I am just now finished two years later with a version that I really happy with.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
            The Help.  The Prince of Tides (for women), and maybe a little bit of Sarah Addison Allen thrown in.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My mother.  Always.  And my best friends who love the Southern stories that come flying out of my mouth over wine and blues late after dinner.  They are never sure if I am lying or not.  It is great fun, really.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
            It is funny enough to make you belly laugh for a while, and so sad that your heart will break in millions of pieces.  There is magic and mystery and the wonderfulness that comes of growing up in such a place.


so there it is, the work of my heart, . . .er. . spare time.  I am looking for an agent, or publisher, so if anyone knows of a good one? 

My friends whose work I admire and want to also promote:

Julia Park Tracy

Samantha (never Sam) M. Smith