This is part of an authors’ blog tour. Each author who is tagged has the privilege of answering 10 questions about their current work-in-progress. I am honored to have been tagged by Olivia Hardin. You can see the link to Olivia’s blog at the end of this post. I’ve tagged two authors, who will post their blogs on October 3, 2012. (Their blog links are also at the end of this post.) After reading about MY “Next Big Thing” be sure to check out the other authors to see what their NEXT BIG THING is!
What is the working title of your book?
Enlightened, Book 1 in the Love and Light Series
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Wow! That's a tough one because there were several events and moments of pure inspiration that led to this book. The idea started percolating in my brain when I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail back in 1998. It was a 2100-mile hike from Georgia to Maine and I thought about many things along the way, but the one idea I had was what if people actually lived out here? And there were more trails like this criss-crossing the United States and Canada and South America? And who would those people be and why would they chose to live like this? I scribbled down my ideas in a notebook I was carrying and tucked it away when I finished hiking and came back to the "real" world.
A few years later I started my training to become a yoga teacher and a whole new world of insight, love and healing opened up to me. I discovered my notes from the trail and added to them - ideas about how love is the ultimate healing power. I was struck by the idea that the book had to be paranormal romance. And it needed to be about how people overcome their past through love and wouldn't it be great to actually see chakras and prana and ...you get the idea. I started writing the actual story last winter, but slowly. Then, last winter, my beloved grandmother died and it struck me that she would never read my story. So the idea exploded to make her part of the story - Katie Brown. And the rest of the story fell into place with little nudges here and there.
It got so big, I knew I had at least two, maybe even three books.
What genre does your book fall under?
Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Loti Dupree would have to be played by Nina Dubrev - but she'd need blue contacts
And Wolf Arrighi would be Rodney A. Grant in his younger years (he played Wind in His Hair in Dances with Wolves)
Patrick Lynch would be Sean Connery, of course. I saw and heard his voice when I wrote Patrick
Katie Brown would be Meryl Streep
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Release some love into the fray as a peace offering, a floating, flickering emissary of hope on a sea of suffering.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I'm an independent author and am excited by this new frontier. Its a whole new publishing world with so many possibilities. I used to work in the software industry and I see a lot of parallels.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
You mean once I got serious about it? About 8 months.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Huh. I don't know. There's some elements of all the paranormal romances I've read - Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series, Angela Knight's Mageverse series, sort of kind of. My story is fairly unique, but with some standard bonding and magical principles.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I've always been a writer - I even remember a first grade writing project that I got really excited about and my teacher loved. I will never forget she wrote on my paper, "you're going to be a writer one day". I thought, "I'm already a writer" but I knew what she meant. But as far as getting this particular book written - my grandmother Katie Baer (the inspiration for Katie Brown) and my author friends: C. G. Powell, Olivia Hardin, Lk Rigel, Jessi Gibson and Liz Shulte have been the biggest inspirations and motivators these past 8 months. That doesn't mean there aren't others - there are too many to name, actually.
What else about your book might pique the readers’ interest?
The people - they may be magical, but they still have all the heartache and hopes and motivation of real people. I think everyone will find a character to relate to. Also, the way magic works in my world - its based on subtle energy theory and the healing practices of yoga, meditation, sound therapy, essential oils, chakra balancing, etc. I've woven a tapestry of real science and energy theory, of hopes and regrets, fear and love, action and adventure, romance and suspense that I think readers will enjoy wrapping themselves in on a cold, winter night.