The Next Big Thing

This post is a chain blog called “The Next Big Thing”. In a series of blogs, writers answer a set of ten questions about the stories they’re writing (Works in Progress or WIPs). Next week five writers will follow me and answer the questions at their blog sites. The writers listed below have taken part in the chain so far. After you enter the answers to the ten questions on your blog, add my link to those below and the five people following you.

Questions and Answers:

What is the working title of your book? Hada’s Fog

Where did the idea come from for the book? Someone told me about some family members and I wrapped a plot around them.

What genre does your book fall under? Women’s fiction

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

Hada – Carol Kane

Lev -Scott Glenn

Samuel – Dan Futterman

Abe – David Schiwimmer

Bira – Patricia Arquette

Lilli – Dakota Fanning

Esther – Ariel Winter

Judi – Maggie Elizabeth Jones

Lawrence – Alan Arkin

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? In her seventh decade, Hada Zimmerman questions her traditional family role and is shocked into a life-changing decision when a teenage girl reveals a secret.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? An agency would be nice but if traditional publishing doesn’t happen, I’ll self-publish.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?  One month with NaNoWriMo.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?  The characters.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? It takes place in Berkeley, the characters are unusual, and there are several surprises from the middle to the end.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I have no idea.

Marlene Dotterer started us on this Next Big Thing:  http://marlenedotterer.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/the-next-big-thing/

Jordan Bernal: Jordan writes fantasy about dragons and Ireland. www.1dragonwriter.wordpress.com

Shannon Brown: Shannon writes young adult, has a great sense of YA humor, thinking, and dialogue. http://lockerseventeen.wordpress.com

W. Blake Heitzman: writes science fiction http://shamangene.com/BLOG/

Carl Gamez: Carl is a seeker of truth and a writer of satire, mainly religious satire. His writing is smooth and hilarious, but deep down it’s about finding the kernel of truth in religion.

Sarah Bromley is a horror and Gothic novelist represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency. She loves YA and all things creepy and weird. http://sarah-bromley.com/

Lily Crussell is a Young Adult fiction author. She writes fantasy and paranormal romance in the ‘Shadow of The Nephilim’ series.

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For over twenty-five years, I've taught elementary grades, high school, and county special education classes. Now I am a field supervisor for teachers working toward their teaching credentials. I also teach writing classes in Dublin and Pleasanton, California. I have won 5 awards in short story contests, My stories are published in The California Writers Club Literary Review, and several anthologies including four times in Las Positas College collections. I have several book projects, but the two that have my immediate attention are HADA'S FOG, which is women's fiction, LILLI, a YA novel, and NORMAN IN THE PICTURE, a paranormal mystery. I have published an anthology WRITTEN ACROSS THE GENRES that includes writings from members of my writing classes and other writers. It's available on Amazon and Kindle.

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