The Next Big Thing Blog Tour – Redux

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I’ve been tagged by Vicki Hudson for the Next Big Thing Blog Tour. I’ve done this recently but thought it would be cool to do a new spin on my current project. Check out Vicki’s post here. She’s working on a thriller called The Republic.

Here we go!


What is the working title of your book?
The New Mrs. Collins

Where did the idea for the book come from?
I had an idea for a story where something tragic happens to a woman on her wedding day. I had another idea about a woman with this mysterious aura who lived in a house by a lake. That mysterious woman had the power of suggestion, and her words, for whatever reason, made a person vulnerable to do her will. The two ideas came together and the New Mrs. Collins was born.

What genre does it fall under?
Speculative Fiction

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Jill Scott or Sanaa Lathan as the main character Leena, and best friend in my head, Kerry Washington, as the villain, Adira.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Leena Williams discovers that her son’s new stepmother is a sinister woman with mystic powers.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I am open to either process.

How long did it take you to write the first draft?
About a year.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Probably anything by Tannarive Due.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
There are bits of magical realism in Toni Morrison’s Sula that I just adore, and since reading that, I have always wanted to write a story where something magical is happening in an otherwise mundane world. Also, the hair stylist who encouraged me to write this novel when I thought the idea sucked.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s set in Louisiana and has a strong willed female protagonist that can’t keep her behind out of trouble!

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