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Last week I was tagged by the excellent crime writer Chris Longmuir for a feature entitled The Next Big Thing. It’s all about writing. Given that people keep asking me what I am working on and that I’d like to introduce you to some superb authors, I decided to join in. So here we go...
What is the working title of your book?
It's working title is Just Add Spice but I 'm not sure if that's the title I'll end up with. I keep changing my mind and I am now torn between three titles.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I read an article about authors who often get carried away creating their characters. They 'method-write' - that is to say they really get into the mind of the character. (A bit like actors who employ method-acting) I for one, do that and indeed spent two years as the irrepressible Amanda Wilson but also lived the part of Richard Montague-Forbes, who has a very dark side to his character. It made me wonder what would happen if we let the characters actually start taking over us authors and how we could then become the victims.
What genre does your book fall under? Humour - well, what else would you expect from me?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Bill Nighy would make a great author in charge of the local creative writing group (Blake Ryder). Colin Firth would be Terence, the quiet member of the group who is taken with the protagonist Dawn. Dawn and Cinnamon would have to be played by someone like Kate Winslet but Hubby wants Cameron Diaz to appear! I think Dawn’s husband should be played by Bill Bailey.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? A wannabe author who wants to make her character as a realistic as possible,finds herself in all sorts of difficulties with comedic results, thanks to an over active imagination.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I really don’t know at this stage. I hope that my current publishers will be interested in it but as it’s not completed yet, I cannot really say.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? It usually takes me an hour to type a thousand words and then another three hours to edit, re-edit and rework a thousand words. At the rate I am going it should take three months. The last novel took that so I expect it will be the same, provided I don’t sleep for several nights again.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? *Shrugs shoulders and looks confused*. I don’t know. My writing is along the lines of Stephen Clarke’s Merde series and its style has been compared to Jeremy Clarkson’s acerbic wit but I don’t know what else is out there that you could compare it to.
Who or What inspired you to write this book? My obsession with the internet and my desire to attempt the perfect murder.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Apart from the fact that it should make them laugh like crazy it might give them some ideas in how to bump off an irritating spouse.
I’d like to tag the following five authors as is required in the rules of the game and ask them to write up their own responses to the questions above for next week. They are a great bunch of people so please check out their sites and novels:
Stephen Fry (Sorry – he is far too busy and only blogs once a month)
Janet Evanovich – Again apologies – I approached her but her agent said she was in the final stages of writing book nineteen and couldn’t oblige this time but wishes me luck
J K Rowling – Okay – I didn’t ask her really.
MelyndaFleury - An author who writes entertaining humour in spite of losing her eyesight to diabetes
Jason Stadtlander - because he is a talented writer who is one of the nice guys out there.
Shirley Wright - who is an incredible poet as well as an author.
Alison Bacon - an up and coming author who writes far more eloquently than I do.
FiveSibes Mom - Just check out her huskies! Proceeds from her books go to a wonderful cause. Bet you say "Aaah!" when you visit her.