Wednesday, December 12, 2012

All That Glitters: The Next Big Thing

I'm so excited today because I've been tagged to participate in the Next Big Thing Blog Hop!  I was tagged by Mae Clair, a great author I met through Six Sentence Sunday.  Mae's paranormal time travel romance WEATHERING ROCK is available now (you should go check it out), and her upcoming book, TWELFTH SUN, releases in August 2013. 

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? 

Thanks, Mae! 

What is the working title of your book? 

Where did the idea of the book come from?
Annie's wish comes true,
but it might not be what she wants.
Image: © Natalia Lisovskaya |
Annie Bingley, the main character, came to me first, and rest of the story developed around her. 

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!
Tag!  It's your turn! 


Anonymous said...

Thanks for participating, Lorraine. I am so jealous you wrote that first draft in one week. One week! You must have really been inspired. I can see why, as the story sounds delightful.

And isn't it great that indie publication allows us to write outside of the standard markets? I may end up going that route with my current WIP because it doesn't fit a specific niche.

I'll be looking forward to ALL THAT GLITTERS!

Joanne Stewart said...

I love that you wrote this for you, sans the "rules". I've been feeling the pressure lately and the matching depression when I realize that I don't appear to "measure up." But I've come to the decision that I'm me and I can be no one else, and if I can't write my way, then I don't want to write at all.

The book sounds fabulous and I can't wait to read it! Thanks for the tag. I'm afraid I've done this blog hop to death. I'm out of books to put up and people to tag. But I enjoyed yours! :)

sue said...

thanks so much for the tag :D we're planning a holiday trip and it seems to be sapping all my time and energy. Hopefully it will be worth it. Thanks again and keep in touch

patonlorraine said...

The story came really quickly. I wish I could do that all the time!

And, yes, the freedom to write without worrying about the "next step" is wonderful.

Thanks for checking out my post and for tagging me!

patonlorraine said...

Yes, sometimes it is hard to remember that I just like writing. That's why I wrote this story. It doesn't have to sell, but I have to write. And, sometimes it is okay if no one else thinks the idea will work or it doesn't match everything else I've written so my "brand" is all over the place (historical, paranormal, contemporary). It may not make the most sense from a marketing point of view - but it makes me happy and that is why I write.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my post! No worries about not doing the blog hop again, I can see where it would be challenging to do it too many times!

patonlorraine said...

You are welcome, Sue! Have a great trip!