Favorite Genres is hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh.
Movies: old science fiction and Jane Austen type films [British historical], anything to do with Jane Austen
Music: I’m an alternative gal
Books: Jane Austen, classic literature, literature, historically based fiction, and sci-fi/fantasy
Television: Science Fiction, historically based [ie, Rome, Spartacus]
Guilty pleasure: a good rom com and silly comedies
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Around the Blogosphere
Julie Flanders signed a contract last week for her novel, Polar Night. Congrats Julie on that awesome news!
Holly Sinclair, better known as Southpaw, has published a cookbook. World Cuisine at Home : International Family Menus & Recipes From Around the World. Congrats Holly!
Tim Brannon is hosting the Monstrous Monday bloghop on Monday, October 29th.
Next Big Thing
I was tagged by Paty Jager and Libby Heily for the Next Big Thing. The rules are, answer a few questions about your book and tag five people.
What is the working title of your book? The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear is now in final edits, and I set the official launch date for November 12th.
Graduation from community college isn’t the magic elixir Hetty Locklear counts on for becoming an adult. Her parents, who work the Renaissance fair circuit, insist she spend part of the summer with them. Hetty doubts pretending to live in the Middle Ages will help her find her way.
To make it worse, an entity haunts her at her dead-end job, warning her of a dangerous man she doesn’t know. The ghost leads her to a lover who has a lot of secrets. He pulls her farther into peril and into a strange, hidden world of genetic experimentation.
Where did the idea come from for the book? The Hetty Locklear series was born from a speech by George W. Bush. Something about animal-human hybrids. For a moment, I laughed. Then I thought, what if it’s true … Recently we had a chat about Area 52 up at the observatory to explain some lights in the distance. Oregon often inspires me.
What genre does your book fall under? Hetty is speculative fiction, but will be sold under urban fantasy. Lots of contemporary sci-fi in it, too. Humor. Romance. A bit like a Bridget Jones sort of thing. It’s a big mishmash. After book one, it goes deeper into fantasy.
What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? I actually tend to go find photos in stock images for covers and trailers. Pay me enough for the movie rights, and I’m happy with whoever is selected.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Foibles of a young gal trying to grow up, who is so blinded by her goals she gets pulled into a perilous hidden world of genetic experimentation.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Indie all the way
How long did it take you to write the first draft of this manuscript? I think I started the first draft around February. Maybe. Polished draft was sent to my editor mid-August. Release date is November 12th. It’ll be sitting around a few weeks.
Who or what inspired you to write this book? Plantgirl and the speech mentioned inspired the Hetty Locklear series.
What else about your book might pique readers’ interests? Hetty’s parents left her to run off and work at Renaissance fairs. They’re trying to reconnect with her in this book. Hetty is stalked by a possible ghost. She runs an online RPG and works part-time at a convenience store. She’s detained as a possible terrorist, and meets a knightly man who claims he can solve all her problems. Yeah, be very afraid if something comes along and sounds too good to be true. At least if you’re a character in one of my books. Whereas the other series mentions chocolate a lot, this one has a thing for donuts.
Tagging five people [I'm probably one of the last to do this, so you've all probably been tagged already]: Jay Noel, Jon Mac, Tania Walsh, DG Hudson, and Laura Eno. Yeah, what are you all working on?