Week 14: The Next Big Thing

I'm participating in Crystal Lee's Blog Hop. Each participant answers ten questions and "tags" five other bloggers, linking to their answers.

Over the next few days, I'll be adding links to the other writers I've invited to join the fun.

What is the working title of your book?
Ghostwriter. It's now available for pre-order from The Writer's Coffee Shop bookstore.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I read an article on the "Iron Harvest," which is the annual discovery of weapons left over from WWI, and it led me to researching some of the battles, particularly, the Battle of Verdun. In the midst of my research, I learned about the American volunteers who went to France to drive ambulances, long before the United States entered the war. A surprising number of them later became writers. My imagination took over from there.

What genre does your book fall under?
Paranormal romance

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Matt Bomer as Seth, Saoirse Ronan as Sara.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
One of my reviewers said it better than I could "... a heartwarming and heartbreaking story of love, war, loss and forgiveness."

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It's being published by The Writer's Coffee Shop.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About two months to actually sit down and write it out, but I'd been thinking about the story for a long time before that, "writing" it in my mind.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
One of my reviewers said that it's in the tradition of Gothic novels. I like that.

To tell you the truth, I've had a struggle with trying to compare the two novels I've written to other works. They have a mixture of elements. Ghostwriter is a paranormal romance that's a little bit historical, a little bit horror, with tragedy and drama all rolled up into one.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The experience of writers like Ernest Hemmingway, e.e. cummings and Somerset Maugham, all of whom were ambulance drivers during WWI. Seth emerged in my mind, an idealistic young writer who goes to France with the AFS, and comes back changed from the horrors he witnessed.

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

 A cottage on an isolated island ... a sexy author ghost ...a mystery unraveled through a trunk of letters found behind a secret panel in the attic ... what's not to love?

Next, Check out Sydney Logan's answers on her blog. She's author of the lovely Lessons Learned.

I loved this book! It's a beautiful story.

Here is Nicia's answers. She's working on her novel now.

And the lovely Sherry Gomes who has just submitted her first manuscript! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for her.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting to hear how you were inspired with this story. I had somebody ask me once if my mind ever shut down. The answer was, rarely. I think you just might be the same way, with questions you want answered by looking things up and reading about them. I really admire that about you. Thanks again for participating in the blog hop. I really can't take credit though and call it my blog hop, because a friend of mine invited me, and a friend of hers invited her, and so on, and so forth. I have no idea which came first either--the chicken or the egg I ate for breakfast. That's one question I won't research though because chickens scare me. Can't wait to see what other topics you decide to write about in the future...



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