Did you know that 2013 will be the Chinese Year of the Water Snake? Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house means your family will not starve. Pretty snake!
To kick off my New Year, I’m jumping into the ongoing game of The Next Big Thing!
I answer ten questions about my Work-in-Progress and let you into my head space. C’mon in! But watch your toes; it’s crowded in here!
1) What is the working title of your book?
Sight for Sore Eyes
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
From the occupation of my hero and the hobby of my heroine. Asher is an ophthalmologist. Emma works in the china shop she inherited from her grandmother. She’s a photographer in her spare time. Her favourite subject is lightning storms.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
Sexy small-town contemporary romance.
4) Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Ben Affleck for Asher as they share the same dark colouring and they way Ben cares about his family is perfect for the role of Asher. I can’t think who’s a match for Emma. Some lovely Irish girl, for sure.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Ophthalmologist Asher Stockdale wants Emma Finn to dust off her old dream of globe-trotting photographer, no matter the cost to his new dream of home, family and small-town life. Carpenter ants, cream pies, and a pair of scheming seniors help Emma and Asher to see what really lies before their eyes.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’m seeking agency representation for my Chronicles of Clarence Bay series. But I’m also taking two courses on self-publishing in January, so things may change.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
107 days. Yes, I keep track. 🙂 It’s all part of my goal-setting.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I can’t think of a specific book, only authors who share the readers I hope to appeal to. They would be Robyn Carr, Susan Mallery, Susan Anderson. These are readers who love an intimate emotional experience of authentic character growth in modern real-life relationships without save-the-world melodrama or make-believe creatures.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
These characters were introduced in Above Scandal, the first book in my Chronicles of Clarence Bay series. I was so charmed by them, that I had to write their story.
10) What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s set in Ontario Canada on the eastern shores of Georgian Bay, smack in the middle of cottage country. Though Clarence Bay is fictional, it’s modeled on the real town of Parry Sound which has a long history of lumbering, railways, and tourism.
Do you have any questions for me about my stories?
To continue the fun, I’ve invited the following writers to build their link in the chain of The Next Big Thing. Their posts will be out next Wednesday, January 9th.
Gina X Grant, author of the fun and quirky Young Adult series, The Reluctant Reaper.
Bonnie Staring, writer of Paranormal Young Adult, winner of fabulous writing awards, and awesome cheerleader. Nobody can squee like Bonnie—nobody.
Jessica Aspen, author of the Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods series.
Mona Risk, author of sexy romance stories in settings around the world.
© Joan Leacott 2013