The Next Big Thing is a series of blog posts where authors talk about their work using the same ten questions. At the end of the blog we tag other authors who will do the same thing a week later. So not only do you get to find out more about my book, but you will also discover some other interesting writers. The lovely and talented Mary-Lou Stephens tagged me and here are my answers:
1. What is the working title of your next book?
I haven’t started working on my next book other than a rough outline, a title (Sins of My Father), and a series of post-it notes I must organize. I just launched my current debut novel, My Prison Without Bars: The Journey of a Damaged Woman to Someplace Normal.
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
As a newbie writer, you write what you know, I think. This is a fictional novel based on a true story…my story. I want to write mystery/romance but felt I must cleanse the palate before I could write what I love. I couldn’t clear my head of this story until I put it down on paper. I wrote for myself, really. When I toyed with the idea of sending it to publish, and was rejected because of subject matter…I got mad! I decided I would publish myself and let the chips fall where they may!
3. What genre does you book fall under?
Several I suppose. Fiction…Women’s fiction…Reality/Fiction…Suspense. It has it all.
4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Julia Roberts comes to mind as the lead (me…okay, I have no shame) and Pierce Brosnan as my antagonist. Husband would be Tom Cruise (before he became weird, of course) and my mother and mother-in-law would be Catherine Zeta Jones (older) and Shirley McClain respectively.
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
I’m damaged but not ruined. I accept my life for what it was, what it is, and what it will be. I don’t live there anymore! (Sorry, book is too long for just one sentence…three short ones will suffice).
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I just self-published through Amazon and Createspace. The experience was wonderful. I will retain rights and self-publish all my books. The indie community has been generous and very accepting of me. The public…readers, are becoming more and more accepting of indie authors as well. I really don’t think that readers perusing the isles of a book store or on Amazon or Barnes and Noble, really care who the publishers are. They are looking for a good book.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
It took me thirteen months to write my story, however, I re-wrote the first chapter seven times to get it right. I hope, and think I’ve done that…got it right I mean. I went through four edits and several chapter edits and re=writes. I’m very proud of the final product.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
That’s easy…Push by Sapphire which later became the Academy Award-Winning Movie Precious.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I’ve lived my life in shame and secrecy. My subject matter was categorized with bestiality and necrophilia and other taboo subjects. No wonder victims of child sexual abuse live (if you can call it living) with shame and block out or hide their “dirty little secret.” Well, my secret is out now…and I’ve never felt freer or happier in my life!
10. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
Since the release of my novel, I’ve had numerous private messages from people with their own secrets, telling me their horrifying tales. You can hear the relief in their words as they flow off the page. It’s as though they have been given the green light to tell…because I did… publicly! This is not an easy read…it is graphic and descriptive with the truth. I want the reader to truly feel through my words…to know I survived…to know it’s okay if you’re damaged. It’s how you pick yourself up and move forward that counts.
I want to thank Mary-Lou Stephens for the invite to this multi-author blog hop. If you want to discover some other great writers check these out: