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The Next Big Thing Blog Tour

Many thanks to writer-friend and Ozarks Writers League president Jan Morrill for inviting me to be a stop on The Next Big Thing Blog Tour!

THE NEXT BIG THING

You might have seen other authors at prolific writer Velda Brotherton’s site, and the gist of the event is this:  Authors give insider peeks at their works in progress.

Now, I’m not sure about being the Next Big Thing.  It sounds more like a reason to fear getting on the scale to me, but I’m all for hearing about upcoming stories.  It’s like seeing a preview for a movie coming out next year.  It gives you time to speculate on the players, gain excitement for the scope and setting, and yes – gossip to your friends about it.

So here’s a few tidbits on one of my (overwhelming) works in progress…

What is your working title of your book?

After Ever After

Where did the idea come from for the book?

fairy tale pic

I’ve always been fascinated by the stories behind the stories.  My mind goes off on a tangent – especially with well-known tales – and I want to know what happened to that interesting minor character.  What was the inside scoop on how that story REALLY went down?  (I have a nasty, suspicious mind and don’t trust authors to tell me all the dirt.)

I particularly want to explore the realm of fairy tales, where everybody has a different version of the same story – kind of like eyewitnesses to a car wreck, they all are sure it’s true from their point of view!  I was working on this when the current re-interest in Grimm’s and Perault’s famous renderings gained national appeal.  It’s wonderful that a topic can have such depth and breadth that it has nearly infinite possibilities.

What genre does your book fall under?

I would place it as a crossover novel between Young Adult and Adult Fantasy – a collection of themed, or related, short stories.

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

I love ensemble casts, where no one actor is really the star.  I’m a big fan of British television and actors, so I’d take Helen Mirren, Judy Dench, Robert Carlyle, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, John Cleese, Hugh Laurie, Alan Cumming, and most of all…Benedict Cumberbatch (don’t you just want to hire him on the spot for having such a spectacular name?).

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What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Not everyone gets a happily-ever-after, and it’s time they told you why.

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

I think I’d like to pursue this one with an agency.

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

I participated in Sleuth’s Ink’s JANO event last year, where all the members tried to write a book in the month of January.  I managed about 12,000 words, and I’ve been adding to it since then.  As a collection of short stories, I can just kind of keep going with it until I’ve really rounded out my theme.

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

It’s similar to other fiction writing I’ve done, in that I tend to have a strong narrative character’s voice, and a fair amount of humor.  I also like to let my reader get a surprise at the end.  The best reward for me, is to have a reader finish the story, then turn back to the beginning and start all over, looking for the moment they went another direction while I was really leading them down a different path.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I don’t think I was inspired by any one person or thing, but rather a nice realization that things I have loved all my life are nothing to be ashamed of.  If you live long enough, you come back in style.  Just look at skinny jeans and leg warmers.

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

I think the idea that it is the kind of book you can read in stolen moments and still get a satisfying story, both within the short stories, and overall.  As a mom with two kids at home, juggling lots of career and education plates, I don’t have the luxury of immersing myself in a fictional world for too long.  I appreciate getting little “flights of fancy” throughout my daily life. 

I also believe the short story is vastly underrated in mainstream culture as a complete storytelling tool.  I always look among my favorite authors for their collections of short stories – that is where their brilliance really shines, and their longer works tend to keep that tight, essential element in good writing that others lack.

Many thanks to Jan Morrill for the invitation to participate in The Next Big Thing Blog Tour!  Please visit her site, and these other hard-working writers for more insider looks at up-and-coming books!

Reason 2 Rhyme Poetry Prompt – “Postcard Poem”

In the spirit of summer vacation (not that I’ve had one in years…) the following poetry prompt is designed to let us stretch our horizons using another form of brief writing…The Postcard.

Back of a postcard postmarked 1908; old postcard.

Write a poem in the disguise of a postcard message. Continue by writing a reply postcard message.

Keep the length brief, and give the recipient a sense of the place you’re visiting or the space you’re occupying. The location from which you write can be imagined or real. Alternatively, buy a postcard, and try to write a poem based on the image or photograph on the front of the postcard.

Here’s a sample from Christine Laennec:

And another that I am working on now…

Beach erosion
(Photo credit: kevin dooley)

Hey, Babe

Made it to the beach.

Found the bag in the back,

Our account’s in the black.

It’s just like you said – and no one

asks my name.

Hope you make it soon,

Love from Playa del Sol

 

To: Resident, Beach House 17

Glad you made the trip okay.

I’ll be a little late -

Never should have trusted Nate.

Wish I could see you in that bikini.

Always use your sunscreen,

I’ll be there in twelve to fifteen.

Love, Cell Block D-9

And if you really love postcard poetry, try the Postcard Poets site – you can subscribe to receive a poem via post 2x a month, and discover new poets!

Add your poem below in the comments, or link to your site and visit other writers by clicking the happy frog below!




You can add the happy frog link to your page by visiting here for the script…

Be a regular in the Reason 2 Rhyme Poetry Ring (here’s how that works…)

  • Monday Poetry Prompt – check this site for the week’s inspiration
  • Share your poem in the comment section, or link to the site where you have it posted
  • Visit other circle members and comment, like, or share their post
  • Friday Feature – one participant will be randomly drawn from the circle to be featured on this site

That’s it!  Haiku, Cinquain, Sonnet, Villanelle, Blank Verse, Free Form, Limerick… it’s all welcome!

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Reason2Rhyme Poetry Prompt – “Book Spine Poem”

I am completely taken with Brain Pickings ongoing series, “Book Spine Poetry”.  The idea is that by carefully selecting a few book titles and stacking them together, you can create a free verse poem.  Take a look at the serendipitous samples HERE, then add your own creation below (I know you have books just laying around, waiting to become stars in a new poem…)

P.S.  If you love haiku, this is going to be your new favorite!

Create a Book Spine Poem by layering titles to make a meaningful statement.  These can be books you own, or notice at your local bookstore or online.  (Photo is optional, but it’s nice to at least give credit to the authors’ works and their contribution to your poem.)

Here’s an example from Maria Popova:

“I live in the future and here’s how it works: People waste and want everything in pursuit of the unknown.”

I noticed that I had rather a lot of education titles, so I went with this theme:

The Good-Enough Child or

Toilet-Trained for Yale?

Hey! Listen to This:

Stories to Read Aloud

Give your child a Superior Mind

Raising A Reader;

School Starts At Home

My book sources are:

The Good Enough Child, by Brad Sachs

Toilet-Trained for Yale, by Ralph Schoenstein

Hey! Listen to This: Stories to Read Aloud, by Jim Trelease

Give Your Child A Superior Mind, by Siegfried and Therese Engelmann

Raising A Reader, by Jennie Nash

School Starts At Home, by Cheri Fuller

Add your poem below in the comments, or link to your site and visit other writers by clicking the happy frog below!


You can add the happy frog link to your page by visiting here for the script…

Be a regular in the Reason 2 Rhyme Poetry Ring (here’s how that works…)

  • Monday Poetry Prompt – check this site for the week’s inspiration
  • Share your poem in the comment section, or link to the site where you have it posted
  • Visit other circle members and comment, like, or share their post
  • Friday Feature – one participant will be randomly drawn from the circle to be featured on this site

That’s it!  Haiku, Cinquain, Sonnet, Villanelle, Blank Verse, Free Form, Limerick… it’s all welcome!