Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Next Big Thing

During NaNoWriMo I was nominated to blog about The Next Big Thing by Sydney Aaliyah. I have to answer a set of questions about a work in progress. I chose my NaNoWriMo novel, "Home Again". Hope you enjoy it.

What is the title of your Work in Progress?
Home Again

Where did the idea come from for the book?
Over ten years ago I wrote a short story in hopes of submitting it to women's magazines. When I got back into fiction writing in early 2012, I found this on my computer. I updated the story and self-published it on Amazon. The title was 'Lost and Found'. My readers kept telling me that I needed to expand the story. So I did!

What genre does your book fall under?
Contemporary romance

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Hmmm, good question. Here are my picks.
The female lead, Sarah, would be Amanda Seyfried
The male lead, Carl, would be Channing Tatum or Chris Pine
The supporting female, Nancy, would be Kelly Clarkson or Brooke Elliott
The supporting male, Dale, would be Chace Crawford

What is a one-sentence synopsis of the book?
Unemployment, an ex-husband, old friends and a tornado stir things up as Sarah tries to go home again.

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

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
This is was NaNoWriMo project and I spent twelve actual days on the first draft. Phew! Not a long book with the draft being just over 50k words.

What other books would you compare this story to in your genre?
Going to have to pass on this one, it's been too long since I've had time to read.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Definitely the readers of my short story, Lost and Found. Once I started, the story grew in scope quickly, taking on a life of its own.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Single mom, leaves the big city to return to life in the country. What does she find? Good friends, strong relationships, family values and some romance along the way.

Here are my five author nominations, all NaNoWriMo participants:


  1. Looking forward to reading it Donna! Thanks for the tag, I know you gave us a heads up earlier, but I'm still thinking about who would play the characters - so some more thinking required!

  2. That was the toughest part for me, too. I'm not real 'up' on hot young actors. Took a little Google and IMDB searching to make my choices.

  3. Thanks for the tag as well! I loved the post. I've nailed down one of my characters but not all yet. I will have to do some pondering this weekend. :D

  4. Thanks so much for the tag, like the others gonna have to think for a while for actors - Like your idea of using IMDB for inspiration. X


Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.