The Next Big Thing

Welcome to The Next Big Thing, in which authors get to talk about their favorite thing: their work, and what their current Work in Progress is. I was invited to participate by the fabulous Kharisma Rhayne. Remind me to punch her later. [Insert cheeky grin here.]

The Next Big Thing
What is your working title of your book?
Picture Perfect (Georgia Heat Series)
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Well, I’m not entirely certain. I think part of it was general stir-craziness. I was stuck in my house earlier this year after having a baby. Somehow I got to watching the Lifetime Movie Network and that combined with the stack of trash novels on my coffee table set me on this track. I’m generally not a fan of contemporary cowboy romance, but hey… it’s fun to write.
What genre does your book fall under?
Contemporary Romance. In particular, Cowboy Romance.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I never really thought about it… Wes, the main cowboy, would almost definitely have to be someone along the lines of Chris Hemsworth. Anna I picture to look a bit like a short-haired Olivia Wilde. I’ll have to get back to you on the rest of the cast.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A photographer is handed a less-than-exciting job in a small town that results in a one-night-stand with a stranger, which leads her into a different world and a whirlwind relationship on a Georgia cattle ranch.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
My goal is to go through a publisher with this one. Which one, I haven’t quite decided yet.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Uh…well, I started writing in in February and was up to almost 30,000 words when the flash drive it lived on disappeared, taking with it almost 18,000 words of story. Luckily I had most of it hand-written in a notebook, but I still anticipated a gap of about 5K. I was so disgusted with the story and with myself for losing it that I couldn’t work on it for months, but when I finally got off my duff and started retyping last week, I realized I’d lost less than 800 words total.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Uh… don’t know. Like I said, I don’t read much contemporary cowboy romance. However, it sort of puts me in mind of the Harlequin Blaze line.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Boredom, honestly. It was something lighthearted and fun to write at the time. Now it has turned to a labor of love.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s sexy, but there’s also a bit of mystery and intrigue. Things aren’t always as they seem on the Homegrown Ranch, and not everybody likes to play fair…
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And Now, for those I have tagged:

Alexandra Christian
Charlie Kenmore
S.H. Roddey
Ken Charles
Zillah Anderson

Please tune into these blogs the week of October 26-30
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Message for the tagged authors and interested others:
Rules of the Next Big Thing
***Use this format for your post
***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress)
***Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.
Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:
What is your working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged.

Be sure to line up your five people in advance.

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2 responses to “The Next Big Thing

  1. Ahh, you don’t really wanna punch me *bats eyelashes*

  2. It sounds like something Diana Palmer would write. Could be interesting. 🙂

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