For the blog hop, writers answer a series of questions related to their current WIP, then tag several other authors to join the hop. Sounds like fun, right?
What is the working title of your book?
ALL THAT GLITTERS
Where did the idea of the book come from?
Annie's wish comes true,
but it might not be what she wants.
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What genre does your book fall under?
I originally thought ALL THAT GLITTERS was a women's fiction with romantic elements (since the family dynamics shape so much of the story), but as I finish up the editing process I'm coming to realize the romance storyline feeds the pivotal moments. This discovery doesn't surprise me - I love romance, so it makes sense I've integrated into my story without even realizing it. Now, I've re-defined my genre to contemporary romance.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in the movie renditions?
This is a hard question to answer. I don't use pictures of actors or models when I develop a story, I've tried, but I find it distracting and limiting.
I guess for Annie, who is a craft-obsessed divorcee, I would choose: Sandra Bullock
For Quinn, her love interest, I would choose: Jason Lewis
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
A craft-obsessed divorcee moves to a small town in search of a perfect life that will entice her family back to her, but instead her sexy neighbor shows her that sometimes being imperfect is better.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I've been debating this a lot. I've almost decided to go indie, but... (we'll see).
How long did it take you to finish the first draft of your project?
I started the first draft when I had a weeklong holiday one year. I wanted to write for the sake of writing and not worry about marketability or anything else. I was tired of trying to write to fit "the rules," whatever those are. So, this was a spontaneous "just for me" story, which, once finished, I loved and have decided to try to publish. I had the first draft in place after that one week.
What other books would you compare this story to in your genre?
I don't know if this is a reasonable comparison, but, in my mind, it is similar to EAT CAKE by Jeanne Ray.
Who or what inspired you to write this story?
I have a LOT of Christmas magazines and it's always fascinated me how "perfect" everythings seems in the photos and articles... and, interestingly enough, Annie developed a love of those same magazines. As I wrote the story, I found this was a great way to explore Annie's feelings of inadequacy, and her self-imposed pressure to create a strong family unit. I was also intrigued by the idea of getting everything thing you want, and it not quite being what you'd anticipated.
What else about your book may pique readers' interest?
ALL THAT GLITTERS takes place over the course of a year, going from holiday to holiday as Annie works at creating an ideal home and picture-perfect memories to entice her family back to her - and it works. Before the year is out, Annie's house is filled with her knocked up sister, her demanding teenage daughter, a jilted uncle, an incontinent dog, and an irritable cat - but it is nothing like what she'd planned. Soon Annie realizes perfection is hard to maintain... particularly when her sexy neighbor helps her discover perfection may not be what she wants after all.
Thank you for taking the time to read all about ALL THAT GLITTERS! And, thank you again to Mae for tagging me!
Now it is time to nominate some great authors / bloggers to continue the Next Big Thing Hop!