The Next Big Thing

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:


What is the working title of your book?

While I’m currently editing A Tarnished Image (sequel to Reflections) and after that it will be Parallels (the last of the trilogy) I have one particular wip I’d love to finish up and pitch.  The working title for that is ‘Arrested’, but also affectionately called ‘Psycho Darcy’, and it’s definitely a working title.


Where did the idea come from for the book?

I don’t really remember now but often I just open a notebook to a blank page and start writing anything that comes to mind. This one opens with Will Darcy in a jail cell, arrested for being difficult during a police investigation; the disappearance of his sister.


What genre does your book fall under?

I guess the most accurate would be a crime drama/mystery but it’s also got a psychological drama bent.  It’s unlike anything I’ve ever written before.


Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

That is not something I ever really consider so I can’t answer the question.  I’m not a tv watcher and don’t see many movies.  I’m a book nerd!


What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Where the heck is Georgiana and did her brother really kill her?


Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I’ve not finished it yet but I’ve never self-published so I’d prefer to pitch it to my current publisher first.


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

I’ve been working on it off and on for about 5 years, I think!  I’m itching to get the rest done, though, now that I’ve reached the climactic point.  There are just a lot of details that require some precise research and that is what slowed me down, plus the break while prepping the Reflections trilogy.


What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

That’s a tough question to answer since I don’t read the crime drama genre!  Plus, there is still the romantic element in this story and the psychological angle.


Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I love the challenge of doing something different. When I finished Fragments (another modern which examines the path of recovery for Elizabeth after she’d been in a coma for several months) I wanted to sink my teeth into another unexplored area.  Chatting with my longtime JAFF buddy, DawnR, was a great motivator because she is full of excitement and encouragement, not to mention she provides excellent feedback for story flow and detail.


What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

There are a lot of skeletons in the Darcy closet and Will is carrying a lot of baggage in this story. Ms Elizabeth Bennet is the legal counsel for Will Darcy, securing his release from jail after he ticks off the investigating officer with his uncooperative attitude.  He doesn’t endear himself to his lawyer, either.  She’s having a hard time believing he has nothing to do with his sister’s disappearance but her job is to make sure he doesn’t do anything stupid and get arrested again.


Thanks to Barbara Tiller Cole for tagging me!


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Reflections available in a couple of weeks!

Hurrah!  Any day now I will have the proof copy of Reflections in my hands!  It’s such an exciting, yet nervous, feeling.  Release date is currently set for Sept 15th.  As I await this with sweating brow I am feverishly working on the updating and revisions to A Tarnished Image, the sequel to Reflections.

For a series of stories I had no intention of ever revising this has taken on a life of its own.  I find myself embroiled in battling commas in places they were never meant to be, coaxing characters to confess more of their innermost thoughts and feelings, and exploring others in greater detail (look out Wickham!).

If I am finding ATI to be challenging in this editing phase, be sure that the final story (Parallels) will be even more so!  The first two stories were set in 1995. I wrote them in 1997/98 so that is pretty straightforward. The third, however, jumps ahead 20 years.  In 1998 you can well imagine that no thought entered my head of how communications technology would have shaped our current society in that period of time!  Thus my revisions must address the phenomenon of text messaging, iPads, Skype and video calling, and how that must now be considered in a story that focusses on the relationships between people.  Communication plays such a large role in how people understand one another, how they form relationships and sustain them.  To ignore such a huge difference between the 2015 I wrote 15 years ago and the real world of today would be doing an injustice to my readers, my characters and myself.

All of that will come in due time. I must thank my editor, Mary Anne, for her work with me in vetting Reflections.  Also Zuki for the fantabulous job she did in creating the cover art!  Ellen, thanks for the final stage punctation and grammar check as well as your feedback on my other queries.  Ladies, you are invaluable!