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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing

This is a new kind of blog hop. It's a tag hop. I have to tag 5 authors who will post on October 24th. Then they tag 5 authors who will post a week later. So every Wednesday 5 authors will post the answers to ten questions. This tag hop is the idea of Marva Dasef, author of the following books:

 Here are my answers:

Ten Questions for the Next Big Thing:

What is the working title of 
your book?

Footsteps on the Sand

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I was doing NaNoWriMo and needed to write something. The idea came to me from visits to the seashore.

What genre does your book fall under?
YA Paranormal

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

The boy would be played by a new young actor, because he is supposed to be 16. The grandfather, who is a ghost, would be played by George Clooney or Matthew McConoughy.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A boy's family inherits a beach house in the Hamptons on Long Island and he learns how to surf from his grandfather's ghost while falling for a cute surfer girl.

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

Hopefully, by the time it is finished my publisher will want it. 

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It took me over two years to write this as a first draft.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I'm not sure of which books to compare this to, since i just changed the story recently to paranormal.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
When I started writing the character was a boy. I had wanted to write a male main character for a long time.

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

There are a lot of scenes of surfing and there is a romance that is very sweet. If you want to feel the sand between your toes this will put you right on the beach. Also, if you enjoy reading ghost stories, this will be a little different. It is a coming of age story with a ghost. 

 I'm not sure which authors I will tag, but I will post them as soon as I can think of them. I wanted to get this post up on the date. 

Until the next time, my guest on Thursday, August 25th will be Amy McCorkle, author of Gladiator. She will be talking about her new book.


  1. Hi Barb, what a cute plot line. A grandfather's ghost teaching the boy to surf.

    Hope to see it published soon.

  2. I've been having comment problems, which is why it took me so long to get here.

    Anyway, I thought of Jeff Bridges as he played the Big Lebowski. Not sure of the spelling, but he always went by the name "Dude" and it reminds me of surfing for some reason.

  3. Hi Lorrie. Thank you. This is a brand new addition to an old story that just didn't seem to be catching readers' interest. So I mentioned this to my in person critique group and they loved the idea. I wrote only a few chapters with the ghost in mind and need to get back to it.:)

  4. Marva, yes, now why didn't I think of him in the first place? My husband is a huge "Big Lebowski" fan too!! Yes, think of him riding those waves as a ghost. Talking with the boy too. It would be good! Now all I have to do is finish the book and get it published.:)

  5. Anything with beach houses, surf, and ghosts has me hooked! Keep us posted on your progress. It sounds wonderful!

  6. Hey, Barbara, I'm working on the blog hop for Wed.:)


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