Mary Hughes: http://maryhughesbooks.blogspot.com/
and Val Clarizo: http://valclarizio.wordpress.com/
They are both working on exciting projects, so be sure to link back to their websites to see their Next Big Thing posts after reading mine. I’m excited to share what I’ve been working on.
Ten Interview Questions for “The Next Big Thing”:
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
To save her father Mirianna promises the Shadow Man she’ll do "anything," but the beastly, insensitive creature needs her heart, freely given, and all her courage to help him defeat the mage who cursed him.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Hopefully it will find a home with a publisher.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
A good 6 years. I got diverted halfway in by my first book THE PRINCE OF VAL-FEYRIDGE being published and all that involved, and then I got stuck at the turning point until I had a brainstorm that unlocked the rest of the story.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Kathleen Eagle’s THE NIGHT REMEMBERS has a similar theme but in a contemporary setting. Honestly, I try to avoid making comparisons, but I’ve been told my first book, which I think of as a Cinderella-type story, resembles GAME OF THRONES while BLOODSTONE is very much a beauty-and-the-beast romance combined with the legend of a guardian holding back evil and an unraveling spell that the characters have to race against.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I’ve always been fascinated by the Cupid and Psyche tale where a beautiful but lonely girl is carried away by a creature she is forbidden to look upon and who she initially believes to be a monster. It’s a story about how love develops when appearance isn’t a factor in the attraction. And it’s also a story about accepting oneself, flaws and all.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
There’s magic, petrified dragon’s blood, and a mysterious she-lion I very much enjoyed creating.
Now that I’ve had all the fun talking about my book, I’m passing the torch to the five authors I’m tagging. Please visit these blogs and see what “The Next Big Thing” is coming from them:
Eve James: http://eveajamesauthor.wordpress.com
Kayla Griffith: http://writings.kaylagriffith.net
Anne Parent: www.anneparent.com
Steve Mitchell: http://scmitchell.wordpress.com/
Renee Wildes: http://reneewildes1.wordpress.com/