The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Super cool Pete Denton and super fun Robin Coyle both tagged me for the Next Big Thing Blog Hop. It’s a nice opportunity to post about my latest WIP. This blog hop started on She Writes.

How it works:
If I tag you, use this format for your post
. Include an introduction to your interview post and a link to the person who tagged you for participation. Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress). Include some pictures if possible. Tag five other writers/bloggers by sending them an email and then add their links to the end of your interview post. Their answers should go up the week after. The blog post should be labeled: The Next Big Thing Blog Hop.

Before I continue this post, I should mention that my first novel, HIGH, just got published in December 28, 2012. So technically, it’s no longer a WIP. But because Pete tagged me back in November, when my novel was still a WIP, I will be answering the following questions based on the same book.

Here are my answers:

1. What is the working title of your book?
HIGH

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2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
Burnt out from weeks of working overtime, the idea of wanting to “escape” came to me during a quick coffee break outside of my old job. I felt the urge to flee, but couldn’t. Instead, I made up Sonja Fines, and wrote HIGH.

3. What genre does your book fall under?
Contemporary Fiction.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I would love for an unknown actress to play Sonja Fines. Ryan Gosling could play Chad Miller.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Life changes dramatically for uptight, workaholic from Manhattan, Sonja Fines, when she hops in a cab, late for an important presentation—but ends up in Montreal.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I originally wanted to get an agent, and I tried to when HIGH was first written as a novella years ago. An agent from L. A. contacted me and read my manuscript, and liked it, but didn’t believe that there was a market for novellas at the time. After putting my book on hold for a while, I went back and turned it into a novel—and I’m so happy I did. HIGH was always meant to be a novel.

After researching on self-publishing and seeing how much it has evolved in the last few years, I thought I’d try it.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The first draft was actually a novella. It took me a few months only because I wrote on and off.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I can’t think of a book to compare my story to. Well, at least not right now. But there is a movie I can sort of compare it to. The movie is Before Sunrise. Although the stories are quite different, there are certain elements about the movie that seem similar to my book.

9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Life, love, stress, coffee, and the thought of “escaping the norm” are what inspired me to write HIGH.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s a quick read, but the story will stay with you for a long time.

Here are the writers I’m tagging. Check out their blogs!
Lauren Waters
Sara Flowers
Writing Sisters
Dennis Langley
Sarah’s Shore

Thanks Pete and Robin for tagging me. I had a lot of fun.

 

The Versatile Blogger Award!

Wow. A few days of not blogging feels like a year of not working out. Well, it feels great to back. It feels even better because
I just found out that the lovely Robin Coyle nominated me for the The Versatile Blogger Award! Thanks for thinking of me Robin.

Blogging is fun, but it’s a lot of work. Learning that people dig what you write is satisfying. Getting comments on your posts can be inspiring. Receiving awards like this one is encouraging. It makes it all worth it in the end.

The rules of accepting the nomination:
Thank the person who nominated me. Done.
Include a link to his/her blog. Done.
Nominate fifteen blogs I enjoy and follow. Yikes. I don’t have 15, but see below.
Inform said bloggers about their nominations. Done.
Lastly, share seven things about myself. Done. See below.

7 Random Things About Me:

  1. I wrote my first poem at 14. I knew then that I wanted to become a writer.
  2. I wrote my first book as a novella, but later changed it into a novel.
  3. At one point, I wanted to become a professional poker player.
  4. Traveling inspires me.
  5. I’m a foodie.
  6. I’m obsessed with Paris in the 1920’s.
  7. I was a Graphic Designer for 10 years. I am so much happier now as a writer.

Here are my nominations:
The Canary
Sara Flower
Julie McKay Covert
Writing is Hard Work
Writing at Midnight
The Year of Wonderful Weekends
Lori’s Lane Blog
The Short and the Long of It

Thanks again for the nomination Robin!