First: Answer the 10 questions below.
Then: Spread the fun and tag 5 more awesome people to participate.
It's also nice to link back to the person
1. What is the title of your book / WIP?
"Bridging The Gaps"
2. Where did the idea of this book come from?
It came from a few ideas that got melded together one November. I've read romance novels and noticed that the main characters are usually rather on the young and gorgeous side. Haven't seen many romantic stories where the hero and heroine are over forty and look like regular people. I wanted to write a romantic story for real people, and I wanted to write a story about a woman moving on with her life after being left by her rat of a husband. Plus I had this idea about a dentist who buys Halloween candy. I started my first NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) by sitting down on November 1, 2009 and writing what came to me. It turned out to be all of those stories mixed together.
3. What genre would your book fall under?
Contemporary Fiction and/or Women's Fiction. While it has romantic elements, and a love story is part of the plot, it does not qualify as a traditional Romance novel.
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Careful! I'm like a kid in a candy store when I start talking about casting. For Ellen I'm thinking maybe Marcia Gay Hardin there's another actress I saw in a film recently who I thought would be great in the role, but I can't remember her name right now. For Henry I'm fairly flexible. I've thought of everyone from John C. Reilly to George Clooney for him. I want Ellen Burstyn for Jessie. I'd love to see Emma Stone in the mix. She'd make a perfect Stephanie, but she's really a better age for Chloe. I could see Chloe Moretz as Melanie. Kiefer Sutherland or Mark Valley maybe for Doug. I want Stanley Tucci for Charlie Webber. Rita is tricky. She has to be cast just right, and that partly depends on who plays Henry. I'm always open to suggestions if anyone has them!
5. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Hang on...I have it somewhere around here. Ah yes:
Ellen Pritchard tries to protect her family in the midst of divorce, alcholism, and teenaged dating, as she searches for the courage to give love another chance.
6. Is your book published or represented?
Yes. Collier Bluff Books is my publisher. "Bridging The Gaps" is out as an eBook now and the print version will be out in October.
7. How long did it take you to write it?
Two Novembers. Because of the family I've got (I love them dearly, but they are a challenge), I don't get much writing done during the year. NaNoWriMo during November gives me a chance to focus and be really motivated, so that's when I get most of my writing done. "Bridging The Gaps" was written during NaNo 2009 and NaNo 2010.
8. What other books in your genre would you compare it to?
I don't know about specific books in the genre that I would compare it to. We writers all like to think we've written something unique. I would say that one author whose work I've admired in the genre is Jeanne Ray. A few years ago I read her "Step, Ball, Change" and loved it.
9. Which authors inspired you to write this book?
No specific authors but there are several I admire. As I mentioned above Jeanne Ray. Also Nora Roberts, Jane Austen, Dave Barry, Mark Twain, C.S. Lewis, Sharon Penman. I could go on for days.
10. Tell us anything else that might pique our interest in your book.
In addition to the drama involved there is a lot of humor. If you've ever lived in a small town, or wanted to, you'll feel right at home in Troy Falls. And for art lovers, Claude Monet comes into the equation. Not personally as he's been dead for quite some time and that would be icky. But his work is important.
The Five Awesome Fiction Authors I'm Tagging Include:
J. M. Blackman
Patricia Ann Preston