Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Blondie on the Blog Hop -- The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing . . .

Welcome to the next big thing blog hop! Join the fun blog hopping our way through some new reads, including works in progress and new and upcoming releases. For those who haven't been part of a blog hop before, you read my blog and hop on over to the next blog link for more entertainment. In this case, two very creative indie authors who recently released their novels.

A big fancy 'thank you' to Shaunda Wegner for including me in this bloggertunity! Check out her blog and her soon to be released historical cookbook. Very cool concept! Don't miss her paranormal fiction books already available on Amazon.

Part of the Blog Hop is to introduce you to my work in progress by answering ten interview questions. I would love for you to comment below because you know that comments to a blogger are like crack to an addict. So get me high, baby!

I hope you'll take some time to follow the links to my author friends' blogs as well. They have some truly impressive books in print and a few in the works as well.

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing

What is the working title of your book?

Stealing Time

Cover art for Stealing Time

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I've always been fascinated by time travel stories, especially ones that take you to the past. After a harrowing summer in Florida with four major hurricanes, the first striking only three days after I moved into the state, the idea to combine hurricanes and time travel into Stealing Time began brewing in my head. It wasn't until the following summer that I began working on it.

What genre does your book fall under?

Time Travel Thriller (Hey that's T cubed).

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Gerard Butler as Mike Walsh

The only actor I've pictured in the movie version of Stealing Time is a character in book two, Mike Walsh, who would be played by Gerard Butler. *Sigh* I'm not sure it's helpful to put anyone else in the reader's minds. I want them to imagine Ronnie, Jeffrey, Jack, Steph and Mathias on their own.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Wow, that's a toughie. Ronnie Andrews has a bad day or two? No, surely I can do better than that -- let me try again: Ronnie Andrews finds herself inexplicably thrown back in time during the worst hurricane to hit Central Florida in more than forty years.

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

I will self publish this first one and maybe try for traditional publishing after I see how this one goes.

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

Ahem, you had to ask. OK, confession time: I've been working on this for 7 years. But . . . I will have 3 books completed by year 8ish. I've decided to split the story into 3 separate books and then I'll release them as a compilation at a later date. Why? I realized last spring that e-books were running a lot shorter than traditional pubs, at least in my genre. It occurred to me that people may not want a tome, even if it is amazing, er, really good. So Stealing Time will be a trilogy.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I like to compare my story to Michael Crichton's Timeline, in that it is science fiction that is more reality based than spaceships and weird creatures from the future. Timeline also has a healthy dose of historical fiction thrown in along with the sci-fi aspect, like Stealing Time. 

Other works that are similar, although I don't think anyone has tackled the material in the way that I have, are perhaps Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. This series is technically a fantasy set up as opposed to science fiction since the character is sent back in time via druid standing stones in the hills of Scotland instead of a time travel device.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon 

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I first decided to write a novel after becoming enamored (some may say obsessed) with Outlander. Diana has a book called the Outlandish Companion that describes the characters and tapestries of her vast novels. She also talks about her writing process and one section in particular describes how she writes a scene without knowing how it fits in to the rest of the story and then makes the connections afterwards.

I was very inspired by that, being similarly challenged with structure while having an abundance of creative ideas. The thought of a successful author having a creative rather than structured approach to the novel seemed a heck of a lot more plausible strategy for me. I've used some very helpful tools to give me the structure, which you can read about on my guest blog here that involves a book called The Marshall Plan, by Evan Marshall.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

I rather like extreme weather.

If you are fascinated with weather, as I am, I've included a healthy dose of bad scary weather, written from actual experience. I've been in about 15 hurricanes in my lifetime and can easily convey the power and awe I felt during those storms.

I've also tackled the time travel component in a very original way, without spoiling it, I can only say as the story develops the method of time travel and the intricacies of how one is placed back in time is revealed and it is very complex.

If that's not enough, I've got a sexy blonde heroine as the main character and a tall, dark, and handsome accomplice to throw another curve ball in her unsettled world. Oh, I forgot to mention there is a mad scientist and a sadistic captor. Interested? I hope so!

Next week, stay tuned for more posts in The Next Big Thing blog hop. Watch for posts on November 7 from these authors:

G. A. Albrethsen -- http://gaalbrethsen.com

Alex Gouthro -- Jagouthro.blogspot.ca

Check them out now and learn about their current novels and works in progress.

Connect With Me

When I'm not working on Stealing Time you can find me on my social media at the links below. I hope to have my novel completed by spring 2013 with book two close behind.


  1. I love the concept of your book and can't wait for it to come out. Very cool cover, so I'm excited to see what lies within. As for my time-travel experiences, I have those every day! It comes from living a life of being perpetually behind. Thus, every time I cross something that I've accomplished off my month's* old to-do, I time travel to the future, so to speak! yes?

    okay, no. *sigh* I think your book will be better. ;)

    1. that was supposed to be my "to-do" list.


      Apparently, I have grown into a pair of glasses -- I'll add the need to get a pair to my "to-do" list.

  2. Thank you so much Shaunda! Love comments like these cuz it makes me really want to get this book done. Working hard every day on it. I know what you mean about the to do list. I've had to ignore a lot of things to make time to write, eh, yea, like laundry and the house. Appreciate your support and keep time traveling! Maybe I'll catch you in the future sometime!

  3. As you know, Blondie my dearest Blondie, I am SO looking forward to reading this book! I am a hyooooge fan of time travel-not-in-a-sci-fi way, historical fiction, and extreme weather conditions - and of you too, of course, oh Aqualicious Blonde-tastic rawking one!!!

    Now HURRY UP AND GET IT OUT THERE - and join the rest of us, tweeting about our books, and checking our sales figures, and going HOLY COW when we see we've got a new review, but not quite daring to look at it...!!!

    1. Terry, I'm so ready to be right alongside you and the e-published authors of the world, fretting over sales and reviews. Sooooo glad you're looking forward to Stealing Time. You are a darling blonde and a fabulous friend! Thanks for all the blog-love and writing support! You are the rockingest Glodie in the world! ; D

  4. Looking forward to your trilogy. I'm also digging the Next Big Thing Freaky Bunny Badge. Did you make it? I didn't see a badge when I did a post on for this topic about a month ago.

  5. Thank you so much Jeri!! Really appreciate that! The freaky bunny badge was on Shaunda Wegner's page who invited me to be in the blog hop. Must have been scared up somewhere between your post and mine. I'll go check out your blog! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Can't wait to read this! Looks awesome! Great concept and nice cover! I wish I some mad Photoshop skills to pull that off...

  7. Thanks JA! I don't have mad photoshop skills, but my friend Jody Smyers does. He's a photographer a few states away and has generously offered to help me with the cover. Appreciate stopping by and commenting!

  8. Thanks, to publish here, it's an outstanding details about the book. Book cover is look like amazing! Excellent idea, I wish I some mad Photoshop abilities to take that off. I really like the idea of your book and can't delay for it to come out. Industry Analysis

    1. Thank you so much Ross! Appreciate you taking the time to read my blog. Very happy you're excited about the book. Wrapping it up now. My photographer friend helped me with the images and photoshop so I can't claim that to my talents. Sign up for my blog if you want so you'll know when it's coming out!! Great to meet you!

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