The talented, generous and patient Laura Drake (lauradrakebooks.com) tagged me in the ongoing game of The Next Big Thing in which authors get to talk about their favorite thing - their work! Thank you for the honor, Laura!!
Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:
What is your working title of your book?
The Day the Merry-Go-Round Stopped
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I've always had a soft spot for carousels and love stories that hinge around a secret that can either bring the characters together or blow their world to shreds.
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Rebecca Gayheart as Maia, Simon Baker as Vale, and Ryan Reynolds as Michael. Kristin Scott Thomas as Maia's mom and Dustin Hoffman as Hank (the old carver).
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The Day The Merry-Go-Round Stopped is the story of a carousel restorer who discovers the answers to her unhappiness with the help of a 1930s carousel horse and its carver, an old gentleman suffering from Alzheimer’s and a broken heart for the one person she can’t get over either—her grandmother.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Hopefully (fingers and toes crossed) represented by an agency.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The first draft took about six months.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I think the style of this book would appeal to fans of Cecilia Ahern and Kristin Hannah.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My grandmother, although I wouldn't say she really inspired me to write the book as much as inspired me while I was writing the book.
And now the fun part - the fabulously talented authors that I tagged. Look for their interviews on their websites next week.
Kerry Lonsdale, women's fiction writer and critique partner extraordinaire.
Kimberley Troutte, trusted reader and advice giver, and talented writer of paranormal and romantic suspense, and kick-patooty middle-grade.
Lorrie Thomson, women's fiction writer and fabulously fun twitter and WF Chapter mate.
Roxanne Ravenel, writer of smart, sexy, multicultural women’s fiction.
Shannon Kennedy, writing as Josie Malone, writer of mainstream western romances with a kick.