I am so excited that I was invited to a Blog Hop! The questions were crated by Susan Taitel. Thank you, Susan.
Jan Morrill invited me to join in the fun. Jan is one of members of Jodi’s Pioneers. Her blog is at http://janmorrill.wordpress.com/
Let’s dive in:
Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:
What is the working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
A few years ago, I started my first novel – working tile: Bayou Born – and one of the secondary characters from that book begged me to tell her story.
Biloxi Dutrey talked.
What genre does your book fall under?
Hmm, I’d love to reunite Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick, Jr. (from Hope Floats) for Bayou Bound, however, while I would LOVE to see my story play on the big screen, I’m rarely satisfied when I read a book, then see a movie, so I would defer to those with experience in that arena. I would ask my friends, Michael H. Harper, writer, director, and producer and David Silverman, actor, director, and producer for their input.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Biloxi’s plan to buck family tradition to save her family’s antebellum home is complicated further when the man she loves is from a family that hers has sworn to hate.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It is under contract with The Wild Rose Press. http://www.thewildrosepress.com
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It took a year to write it (along with other writing I was doing), then I edited and fussed with it for another year (again while working on other writing projects). Of course, I’m working with my wonderful editor Ally Robertson on the project now.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Oh gosh, within this genre, there are many. Rather than offer book titles, I’ll offer up authors. Karen White, Deborah Smith, and Dorothea Benton-Frank. I picked these three examples because their stories are set in the south and showcase culture as a character. I also happen to love their writing.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
In real estate they say, “Location, location, location.” Well, for me, location is always an inspiration. While living in the Midwest, I was homesick. I needed a southern fix. I discovered the bones of a story I had started years ago and began listening to the Heroine. Setting, culture and food are derived from location and big elements in all my stories. Bayou Bound is set in fictional Bayou Petite, Mississippi. As for the romance part, I am an incurable romantic. I believe love is the most important thing in the world and it will always play some role in any story I write.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I hope setting and culture will interest the reader. The south has a rich history going back to Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase. I’ve traveled all over the United States and southern Mississippi and Louisiana have a mystery of their own. I want readers to feel like they are “insiders” there, and not tourists passing through. Also, this story has a big cast, after all, it’s about Biloxi trying to get what she wants with little cooperation from her large extended family.
The Bloggers I have tagged will take you across the land and over the pond:
My blogger list:
Mary Marvella at http://marymarvella.wordpress.com
Jink Willis at http://www.jinkwillis.com/?page_id=6
William Stradler (Fresh Ink) at http://fresh1nk.wordpress.com
Judy F Ridgley at http://www.jfridgley.com/myblogs.html
Laurie Myers and Betsy Duffey (Writing Sisters) http://writingsistersblog.wordpress.com
Sue Healy at http://suehealy.org
Happy Reading and Writing!