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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.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

An Apology

This is for all of my followers. I noticed I lost some people and I'm sad, because I realize it is because I haven't posted since the middle of September. I'm not really sure why that is happened, except to say my real life became too hectic and suddenly a whole month had gone by and I haven't posted.

Also, my writing life has been very busy too. The manuscript I was editing came back to me from the author who had rewritten it. So now I am in the middle of editing this again. Plus, on September 27th I got the happy news that I was going to be doing a book signing at the Fairfield University Bookstore on December 8th. The other thing is I just finished doing a workshop in the FORUM of the Muse Online Writers Conference for four days. All of this plus my own crazy life caused me to ignore my blog.

These are not excuses, but I apologize for not posting and I hope you will all forgive me. However, I have found a place for free book promotion that you are going to love and I give it to you as a present. An author friend of mine who I trust gave me the link and though I was skeptical at first, I am very pleased to let you know about this. I went there and there is a fairly long process to list your book, but it is worth it. I am promoting it here, because it helps you to do that.

The website is called Ask David and here is the link: When you get there you will see: Latest Reviews and Book Promotion (Add Your Book Here) Click on the words in the parentheses and you will see the whole thing explained. Hope to see you there!!

One other thing before I end this post. I'm not sure how many of you are familiar with what is happening to Minnie Mouse. A store here in Manhattan decided that Minnie Mouse needed to be taller and way thinner. So they are putting a new and improved Minnie Mouse into their Christmas windows. The store, Barney's, sees no problem with this. However, thank goodness there are people looking out for today's youth and they have a petition you can sign if you agree with me that this is ridiculous and dangerous for girls as a role model. This new Minnie Mouse will be 5'11 and wear a size 0. Since body image is part of my book I think it is my duty to let people know about this. I signed the petition and I hope you will too.

Until the next time. I will have Kate Lynd/ Amy McCorkle on this blog on October 25th.
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