I was nominated for The Next Big Thing Blog Hop by Jason Jaxx and Vanessa Ryan. The Next Big Thing is an opportunity to talk about your work in progress or work you are about to publish. Once you’ve been nominated you reblog the post of the person who nominated you as a guest blog, then you have a week to answer this set of questions on your story. After you answer the questions you nominate a few more authors who will do the same. It’s a good way for fans of different genres to get a glimpse at what will be coming out next.
- What is the Title of your upcoming book?
Second of All
- Where did the idea come from for the book?
It is the second book in the Downey Trilogy and is very much a metaphorical knot in which the lives of the six main characters of First, I Love You become further entangled. Each of them has to decide what emotions, loyalties, and priorities must come first, and what comes second.
- What genre does your book fall under?
It is Contemporary Fiction, Family Saga, and Romance. Like First, I Love You it doesn’t quite fit any genre mold.
- Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Jay Ryan would play Tommy Gates in a heartbeat. He’s pretty much just how I picture Tommy Gates only Tommy has green eyes and slightly more rugged features. I think James Hoffman would be hard because he’s a genetic one in a million in that he has dark Mediterranean skin and sky blue eyes. Good luck finding me that. Body and swagger wise he’s somewhere in between Shemar Moore and Maurice Benard. Now Mickey he’s hard because when I say he has a gravelly voice I’m thinking like Michael Wincott, but face wise I haven’t come across an actor that reminds me of what I have in my mind, black hair, green eyes, angular features. The women, that’s tough, I haven’t spent too much time thinking about it, Kiki would have to be someone very beautiful and glamorous, while Ginny is more girl next door pretty and very professional all the time (maybe the blond agent from Criminal Minds?), and Mary’s wild auburn curls are based on an actress friend of mine Amy Orlando but her face has always been my grandmother’s heart shaped face in my mind, and Amy is too young to play her.
- What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Second of All is the introspective sequel to First, I Love You in which the six main characters’ emotions and loyalties are tested and become inextricably entangled.
- Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I am self published.
- How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
- What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Again it doesn’t fit neatly into any one genre but it has a very Godfather II feel to it in that you go back and forth in time. The romance within the trilogy is structured like a Nora Roberts trilogy, one pair off per book although the relationships are all throughout the series. The overall feel of the book is very much the Act II of a Shakespearean play, chaos and emotion.
- Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Me. No, actually, my friend Mary who was the first person to ever read the first few chapters of First, I Love You, helped me figure out really early on writing that book that I wanted to make the story into a trilogy.
- What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I made this book a little heavier on the romance than I did the last to balance the jaunts back into Mickey’s past which are often melancholy. When I wrote this book I did so with the idea in my mind that both the plot and the structure should fit the theme of a Celtic knot. All their emotions and roles and loyalties are tangled up as are their stories. You begin much as you left First, I Love You with Kiki and James, Tommy and Ginny, and Mary and Mickey in their separate trajectories, then by the end I have woven them together to bridge into the third. Another very important theme in this book is Family, what defines it and what purpose it holds in our minds and hearts. This book has been described by my ARC readers as mellow and exciting all at once. That’s perfect really, I meant it to be very subtle with the answers it gives and the questions it should raise in the readers’ minds going into the third.
Habiba Haji (Non-Fiction/Motivational Memoirs)
Penelope Jones (Erotica)
Christopher Shields (Young Adult/Fantasy)
Vanessa Ryan (Urban Fantasy/Horror)
Seumas Gallacher (Crime Fiction)