The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

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Hello All! Today I’m participating in the Next Big Thing Blog Hop. It’s a phenomena sweeping the blogosphere in which several writers get together and conspire to shamelessly plug our work:) Each tagged writer answers ten questions about either their work in progress or an upcoming release. I will be talking about my work in progress.

First, though, I want to send a huge shout out to Laura Seeber over at Emerald Musings for tagging me. FYI, her novel, The Spring and Autumn Murders, a historical novel set in China, debuts this December. Be sure to stop by her blog and take a look around.

Okay (rolling up my sleeves) here we go!

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

Where did the idea come from for the book?
An image of a woman by a lake popped into my head. She was squeezing water out of a towel and when she looked over her shoulder she smirked like there was a secret that only she knew. I was intrigued and wondered what kind of secrets she could possibly have, so I put her on paper to find out.

What genre does your book fall under?
Paranormal Fiction

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I think Jill Scott or Taraji Henson would kick some major behind as my main character, Leena. I imagine someone like Kerry Washington as her rival, Adira, and Necole Beharie as another pivotal character named Augustina.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When Leena Williams suspects that there’s something otherworldly about her son’s new stepmother, she goes digging for answers and discovers— a little too late— that some secrets are better left buried.

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

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
One year

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I’m not sure so I’ll just list some other paranormal fiction writers that I know of:
Octavia Butler, Tannarive Due, Brandon Massey, and L.A. Banks.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
As I mentioned before, the image of the woman by the lake, but also, (and oddly enough) a beautician who stood me up! I was feeling really down on myself and thinking that my idea sucked, and when I told her I was a writer she asked me what I was working on. When I told her about the story she got so excited and said, “That is a great idea. No; you should definitely finish that book!” And I said, “Okay. I’ll finish it!” And then when I tried to schedule a follow up appointment (she said she would cut my hair for free if I didn’t like the style she did), she had gone running for the hills.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s a gumbo; speculative fiction, women’s fiction, mystery, and suspense rolled all into one (I mean it’s set in Louisiana, so of course, right?)

I have a VERY clean draft of this novel and (fingers and toes crossed) I will have the absolutely finished I mean no more edits draft by November. I will keep everyone posted on the progress of this project and welcome your comments and suggestions!

Whew! That wasn’t too tough! Next up is my fellow speculative fiction writer, Toi Thomas, and short story writer Tosh Fomby. Please be sure to stop by their blogs next week to find out what they’re cooking up.

Until next time….


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