Friday, January 18, 2013

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

When fellow author Penelope Grey asked if she could tag me, my first response was Honey, I’m married and I don’t think the wife would appreciate that very much. She insisted it was all in clean fun. She was super excited about the opportunity to be a part of something that encompasses authors of different genres, but with one goal…writing great lesbian pieces. Hence, The Next Big Thing Blog Hop. Check out her blog posting.

Here’s how it works:  It’s kind of like a chain letter with interview questions. Once I’ve been tagged by an author, I’m supposed to find another five authors that agree to be tagged. I came up a tad short and want to say a special thanks to Chris Paynter for giving me the honor of tagging her. There will be more about her novels and blog below.
I’m talking about my new novel for the first time. I’m super excited to get this one finished up. The story has been a work in progress and I’m ready to let these characters fly.
Questions & Answers:
1. What is the working title of your book?
The title is Someone Like You.
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
I read an article about couples not divorcing because they couldn’t afford to and managing to keep it amicable. I started thinking what if you had to move back in with an ex for financial reasons or something else. Would the love be rekindled?? If it wasn’t, could two people work around that and stay friends?
3. What genre does your book fall under?
Lesbian romance. All of mine do with the exception of The Killing Ground, which is a mystery/thriller.
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I love this question. I always pick someone to play my characters. That way as I’m writing and watching scenes unfolding in my head, I can actually picture faces and how they speak and move and interact. Plus, it makes the love scenes so much more enjoyable.
Lex:                 Tonia Sotiropoulou – she is Greek and has that very distinct dark coloring
Aspen:            Nadia Bjorlin – Aspen has these ice blue eyes and Nadia’s are perfect
Cass:               Kate Hudson
Ginny:             Diane Keaton
Susan:             Jane Fonda
5.  What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Ex-lovers thrown back together after five years to dissolve their marriage try to ignore the feelings that never went away.
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
My book will be self-published under Syd Parker Books.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The first half I finished in about a month, the second half I left and came back to more than once over the last year.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I don’t have one in mind, though I can’t think of one that has delved into this subject, at least from this angle. Although, there are a lot of very talented authors and sadly, I don’t have time to read everyone.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I think “the one love” and second chances inspired me. Sarah has a saying, which I use in the book, “I believe in second chances, just not with me.” My thought is what if the love story you think is done really isn’t done. What happens when two lovers lose their way? Can they find their way back to each other? Does love ever get a second chance?
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Following the example of another author who put out a soundtrack to her novel, I’ve decided to do one for Someone Like You. The story is emotionally raw in places and as I was writing it, I would hear a song that made me think of Lex and Aspen. Also, per the request of a very good friend of mine, look for one more surprise to be included.  
That’s pretty much it other than to say that Someone Like You will be out in March.  Chris Paynter is the author of several novels, including the winner of the 2010 Reader’s Choice Award for Favorite Romance Book, Come Back to Me. She also penned Survived by Her Longtime Companion, Two for the Show and Playing for First. Check out her blog at:

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