I am honored that author Betty Bolte invited me to join this blog tour. I had the pleasure of meeting her through an online writing community, and then in person at the October Moonlight and Magnolia conference. Our first stop was the Thirsty Jane cocktail party. However, I digress. As a student of history, Betty brings her studies and passion to her writing. I am honored that she selected me to come to the blog tour party.
The NEXT Big Thing blog tour is designed to offer information about a Work In Progress. I’m happy to share that my editor, Ally Robertson, at The Wild Rose Press, has said a contract for Bayou Born is coming to me. We’ll be working on polishing it to get it ready for publication, so technically, it’s still a work in progress.
Bayou Born is the first book in my Fleur de Lis trilogy. The heroine is Branna Lind. (I blogged about Bayou Bound on September 24, 2012. The heroine in that book is Branna’s cousin, Biloxi Dutrey.)
Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:
What is your working title of your book? Bayou Born
Where did the idea come from for the book? It’s an amalgamation of love-life issues from women I met during my college years.
What genre does your book fall under? Contemporary Romance
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Maggie Gyllenhaal
And Chris Pine
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Branna leaves Fleur de Lis to protect her family from shame and to prove to herself that she’s capable of success without a ready-made job or the safety net of her close-knit family, and she’s definitely not looking for love.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I am waiting to receive the publishing contract from The Wild Rose Press.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? A long time. Bayou Born was the first novel I ever completed – a full 140,000 words. It was awful. In 2010, I started a rewrite, but got discouraged and went on to other projects. In January of this year, I pulled it out again. I LOVE the characters and the story, so I rewrote the entire book from top to bottom – again!
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Bayou Bound, which is also under contract with The Wild Rose Press.
Who or what inspired you to write this book? The inspiration came after I moved from Atlanta to a small north Florida town. The change was culture shock, about as much as from moving from Tokyo to New Jersey when I was a young teenager.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? While the story is about the journey of Branna and James, it’s also about Branna coming to terms with her large extended family – four generations that call Fleur de Lis, the family estate, home. If you’re someone who enjoys family drama, Branna’s family won’t disappoint.
I want to thank Betty Bolte for inviting me to this blog party. I hope you’ll stop by and see what she’s got going on.
Here’s my list for the Blog Tour. These five will answer the same questions I answered above only they’ll share about their NEXT Big Thing. Please check them out:
Kendall Grey – Life is but a dream…
Ginny Lynn at Laptops and Lingerie
Shannon Grey – Weaving romance and suspense with threads of the paranormal
Alicia McCalla – Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Love Stories in Color
Lindi Peterson – Happy Endings are Just the Beginning!