Welcome to “The Next Big Thing” Interview

Welcome, blog-hoppers, to my little corner of cyberspace. Thanks for clicking through from Shari Broyer’s site (linked here, for those of you who stumbled here from other parts – please give her a look-see).

Before I get right down to my interview, a confession: since I have two books releasing in quick succession this fall, I’ve included a full interview for each manuscript.

What is the working title of your book?
Nine Dates

Where did the idea come from for the book?
A very sexy dream.

What genre does your book fall under?
This is the first book in a contemporary romance trilogy with strong LGBT themes. It depicts the initiation of a triad relationship between a straight woman and two bisexual men already in a long-term relationship.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
No idea. Beth Mitchell, an administrative assistant, is a fresh-faced Midwestern gal, blonde and freckly. John O’Brien, a software engineer and Beth’s coworker, is a heartland hunk, born and raised in Chicago to an Irish-descent Catholic family. He’s got dark, curly hair, pale skin, and deep blue eyes. And Paul Atwater, medical resident in training to become an orthopedic surgeon, is a tall, slender golden boy with a troubled past. Any suggestions?

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
It’s actually one of my favorite lines of dialogue from the book: “There’s got to be more to a successful ménage-a-trois than a [bleeping] nine date plan, right?”

And the tagline for the whole Desert Ménage trilogy is, “Polyamory ain’t for sissies!”

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Self-published this fall! It will be available in all ebook formats as well as print-on-demand.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
A few months. I was halfway into writing what turned out to be the second book before I realized Beth, Paul, and John’s story was going to be a trilogy.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I’ve read some m/m/f ménage romances, and while I found the idea of such a relationship hot, I’m usually disappointed that the connection is often portrayed as just a temporary fling, or three friends spending an experimental weekend together to act out a fantasy. I wanted my threesome to be an attempt at a romantic, committed relationship from the get-go. I also wanted all three members to build equal relationships with each other, rather than sharing one partner between them.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The Desert Ménage trilogy explores the evolution of such an unconventional relationship. John, Paul, and Beth’s romance will be chronicled from its somewhat whimsical inception (Nine Dates), through some tough growing pains (Tri Me), and finally as it emerges into its full maturity (Wholly Trinity). I’m continually inspired by the heart-wrenching tales of courage of so many LGBT couples fighting for their basic human right to love whomever they choose, and to create, provide for, and protect their families, however they come into being. My threesome faces many similar threats to their happiness and well-being.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Nine Dates was a finalist in the 2011 Valley Forge Romance Writers’ Sheila Award contest. Please check out more information about the Desert Ménage trilogy and read an excerpt of Nine Dates here on my site. Thanks!

Ready for another round? Here goes…

What is the working title of your book?
Brimstone

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I’m a big fan of “magic” stories, and a particularly gushy fangirl over the Harry Potter series. In the midst of writing some fanfic (please visit my fanfic page for links to my free stories), inspiration hit: what if a magical kid was born to religious parents who thought such abilities were the work of the devil?

What genre does your book fall under?
Paranormal suspense with romantic elements. Each book in the Amanda Ryder, V.I. series involves a central crime to solve, but a romance does develop over the arc of the series. Readers will have to guess which guy Amanda eventually falls for! <grin>

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
This is a toughie! I guess I don’t know enough young actors to say which come closest to my cast of characters. It’s a very ethnically diverse group.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book series?
Her virginity’s a matter of life and death.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Self-published this fall! It will be available in all ebook formats as well as print-on-demand.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
A few months, and quickly followed by frantic outlining of many sequels. Writing Amanda’s story will occupy quite a bit of my future. 

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Fans of Harry Potter who like the idea of a young person discovering a secret, parallel magical society and the extent of her own powers might enjoy this series. There’s a little hint of X-Men here, too: Amanda’s new supernaturally gifted colleagues all live together in a makeshift dorm and work together to fight crime. But don’t expect to find any vampires or werewolves.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I loved the idea of combining hard science with paranormal fantasy. Brimstone’s world marries occult mythology about witchcraft with quantum physics to provide a basis for the powers we “normal” humans call ESP.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Brimstone was a finalist in Chicago North RWA’s 2011 Fire and Ice contest and a winner of Desert Rose RWA’s 2012 Realizing the Dream contest. Please check out more information about the Amanda Ryder, V.I. series and read an excerpt of Brimstone here on my site. Thanks!

Big thanks for making it all the way through! And please check out my pal and a wonderful storyteller, Annette Francine for your next hop.

4 thoughts on “Welcome to “The Next Big Thing” Interview

  1. I think Brimstone sounds AWESOME! Don’t get me wrong. I love my menage-a-tois, but I do so love paranormal thriller/suspense!!!! That’s actually my Demon Talker series, which I love-love-love. I can’t wait until this fall when it’s out.

    Hey, when it’s released, email me. I’d like to review it.