The NEXT Big Thing

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

Let’s dive in:

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:

What is the working title of your book?
Bayou Bound

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.
I listened.

What genre does your book fall under?
Contemporary Romance

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

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.

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.

Thank you for stopping by this Blog Hop.
Please visit our host Susan Taitel at:
I was tagged by: Jan Morrill at

The Bloggers I have tagged will take you across the land and over the pond:

My blogger list:

Mary Marvella at

Jink Willis at

William Stradler (Fresh Ink) at

Judy F Ridgley at

Laurie Myers and Betsy Duffey (Writing Sisters)

Sue Healy at

Happy Reading and Writing!


Linda Joyce


About Linda Joyce

Writing is a curious journey. You don't pick it, it picks you. See my website at to learn more about me.
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6 Responses to The NEXT Big Thing

  1. Jan Morrill says:

    I enjoyed reading the answers to your questions, Linda. And I love the actors you chose to play your characters. Congratulations on the contract with Wild Rose — can’t wait to read Bayou Bound!

    • Linda Joyce says:


      Thank you so much for iniviting me to the Blog Hop. It was the medicine I needed to pull me out of my funk. And, I can’t wait to see THE RED KIMONO in print. 🙂


  2. Harry Connick, Jr – yum! And Sandra Bullock is indeed one of my favorites. Great choices. Looking forward to reading the book 🙂

    • Linda Joyce says:

      Miss Diva,

      You are always so kind. Thank you!
      I met Harry’s father once. He’s a singer and a muscian also. It was amazing how much they sound alike. And I’ve loved Sandra since her first movie.

      Linda Joyce

  3. Jackie Rod says:

    I enjoyed your question & answer format. You can’t go wrong with the Bayou country as the setting for your book–as hundreds of authors have shown us through the years. I’m looking forward to Bayou Bound!!

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