I’ve been asked by author Martin Turnbull to take part in a writer blog tag. It’s called “The Next Big Thing.”
Martin is author of the Garden of Allah series of novels set during Hollywood’s heyday at the Garden of Allah hotel on Sunset Boulevard: “Book 1: The Garden on Sunset” and “Book 2: The Trouble with Scarlett.” I really enjoyed Book 1, and The Trouble with Scarlett is on my Kindle waiting for me to read it, hopefully soon!
You can read about Martin’s Next Big Thing here: http://martinturnbull.wordpress.com.
In the meantime, you can also visit one of my blog tour stops today, too, at A Blue Million Books.
With no further ado, here’s my Next Big Thing:
What is the title of your book?
Leaving Annalise is the second book in the Katie & Annalise series, and it is the follow-up to Saving Grace.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
The idea for the plot of Leaving Annalise came from re-imagining events in my own life as a runaway attorney living in a jumbie house in the Caribbean, much like my protagonist Katie Connell. But fiction is real life with the boring parts stripped away, so my chief strategy partner/husband and I logged many plot debate sessions where we twisted and tangled events within the bounds that theme and already-familiar characters would allow us. It was damn hard work, unlike Saving Grace, which flowed easily. Ultimately, I was thrilled with the plot. Six months ago I might have burst into tears if you’d asked me what I thought.
What genre does your book fall under?
Women’s fiction mystery, my favorite genre!
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Rachel Adams would make a great Katie. Rhianna would slay Ava. Taye Diggs would be perfect for Rashidi. I wish Liam Neeson was young enough to play Nick. For Emily, I’d go with Rene Zellwegger. Bart? Hmm, somebody help me. Or better yet, you guys cast the whole thing for me. What do you think???
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Because of one unexpected and hotly fought over little boy, Texas-attorney-turned-island-chanteuse Katie Connell juggles Bloody Mary cravings, baggage, and bad guys as she waffles between the jumbie house that brought her back from the brink and the love of her life.
Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?
Indie published, http://SkipJackPublishing.com.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About six months, over a five year period where I bounced back and forth between writing Leaving Annalise and nine other books.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I’m told my Katie & Annalise books have the hilarity of Janet Evanovich, the smarts of Lisa Scottoline, the romance of Sandra Brown, a little Anne Rice-voodoo, some Dan Brown-like adventure, and the island zaniness of Terry McMillan. Pick one 🙂
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The rainforest jumbie house I owned on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands was the major inspiration for the Katie & Annalise series.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Katie really explores her own and Annalise’s darker sides in this book, and there are some wonderfully tense scenes of the two of them in high-drama situations, and an eerie interlude where Katie is thrown into an unwelcome consultation with a West Indian fortune teller.
Leaving Annalise comes out in August of 2012. I can’t wait.
Here are authors I’ve tagged to tell you about their Next Big Thing:
Thank you to Martin Turnbull for tagging me!