Tag! You’re It! The Next Big Thing

I’ve been tagged by Suzi Love, fellow Beau Monder, to participate in the Next Big Thing, sort of a blog chain. Suzi, from your lips to God’s ears!

So here are ten questions and my answers on my current work in progress.

What is your working title of your book?

An Unexpected Wish

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I stumbled upon a site belonging to this elderly couple in the UK who walk the downs and take pictures. They had a picture of the Fairy Steps. I did a bit of research and found there is a legend that if you climb the steps without touching the sides of the rocks, a fairy will grant you a wish. Well, I got to thinking: what if a spinster got her wish for a husband and what if it was granted by a mischievous fairy?

What genre does your book fall under?

This is a Regency Historical with a touch of fairy paranormal.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I had fun with this. Alex O’Loughlin is our hero, Nash Matthews. He’s a wealthy gentleman determined to protect his younger brother from an unfortunate marriage. I love Alex O’Loughlin. He is so gorgeous. I needed someone special to be Anne Townsend, older sister and spinster, so I selected Laura Pyper from the 2009 BBC version of Emma. She played Jane Fairfax.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Spinster Anne Townsend is granted a wish for a husband that causes the single men in the area to be besotted with her leaving her unable to trust that the man who has her heart really does care for her.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I’m hoping for representation. Still waiting to find a home with an agency.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

About five months. I try to write at least two hours a day on weekdays and much more on the weekends. 

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

There’s humor, family conflicts, and a crazy fairy. I’m not sure what to compare this one too!

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Besides the fairy steps, this story is about family relationships. Anne, my main character, is dealing with a brother and two sisters and the craziness that comes from so many different personalities under one roof.

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

I want to portray a small town feel with a touch of fairy tale magic. I grew up in a rather small town where everyone knows you and your parents. Makes it a challenge to get away with anything. And the gossip? Always exciting.

I want to thank Suzi Love who tagged me.

And check out these authors who could just be The Next Big Thing.

Ann Bartle Stewart

Adrienne Trent

Elizabeth Michaels

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