Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Next Big Thing

Mega congratulations to my fellow Minx, Lorraine Wilson, whose debut book, Confessions of a Chalet Girl has sold to Harper Impulse! Well done, Lorraine - so, so proud of you!

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I’ve been tagged by Rachel Brimble (a friend from our earliest days together with The Wild Rose Press) to join in The Next Big Thing.

Rachel is a versatile and prolific author who writes historical & contemporary romances and romantic suspense for (amongst others) Harlequin's SuperRomance and Omnific. She lives near Bath in England, which is the setting for the book she talks about in her contribution to The Next Big Thing. You can find out more about Rachel's books here.

If anyone isn’t familiar with The Next Big Thing, it's a blog chain that gives authors the opportunity to discuss their latest books, while getting word out about the author who tagged them - and then tagging other authors to keep the chain going. It’s also a great way for readers to learn more about the many wonderful stories out there and new soon-to-be-favorite authors!

I participated in The Next Big Thing once before, chatting about An Innocent Abroad.
Here are my new questions and my answers...

1) What is the working title of your book?
I've tentatively titled this book Plan B (which is a whole lot catchier than its original name of Rik's Story!)  

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?  
Even before I started writing my debut novel Waking up in Vegas, I was intrigued to know what became of Max's big brother Rik after he was unceremoniously booted out of Westerwald. This is Rik's story.

3) What genre does your book come under?

It's a contemporary romance, with some comic elements thrown in.

4) Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
This is easy to answer since I start planning my books by first finding images online that fit the characters.

Rik is very definitely Tom Hardy as he appears in This Means War. Beneath the tattoos and stubble, he's a complete gentleman - but for the first time in his life he's giving in to a rebellious streak.

The heroine, Kenzie, is a little more difficult to cast, since the perfect image I found was on Pinterest and I have absolutely no idea who she is!

Can you recommend any ginger-haired, delicate actresses who might suit the role?

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Rik is in desperate need of a Plan B for his life. Kenzie is the queen of coming up with Plan Bs. Will there be a place for her in his new life?

6) Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

 This book will be published by Harper Impulse.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Ouch - I'm still busy with it! But since my deadline to deliver to Harper Impulse is 8 weeks away, I can tell you that it definitely won't be more than another 8 weeks!

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I find it so hard to compare my books to others, because every book seems so different. The one book that it most certainly compares to is my debut novel, Waking up in Vegas, to which this story is linked.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
See question two! In a way I guess you could say it was my curiosity about Rik that inspired this story.

10) What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
This book is set in a sunny, exotic locale. And there are sea turtles.


Now it's time to tag some of my fellow authors to participate in the Next Big Thing. However, since almost everyone I know has already taken part, if you're reading this, are a writer, and haven't yet done a Next Big Thing post, then consider yourselves tagged!

And just because it's my blog and I can, here's another gratuitous picture of Tom Hardy.


  1. Tom Hardy is gorgeous and your hero sounds fascinating.

    I'm going to take your unofficial tag for my up and coming release on my blog: www.kathybosman.com

  2. Thanks Kathy! Hope you have fun with The Next Big Thing.