Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Next Big Thing

Okay today I am in the spotlight for The Next Big Thing and I am delighted to be a part of this on-rolling blog. I enjoyed answering the below questions and I hope you will come back and visit me again here or follow me on Twitter @marytbrad 
What is my Next Big Thing?
The next big thing for me is having my first novel accepted for publishing in the coming year. I am actively sending it out to agents and publishing houses. I have made it my New Year’s resolution.
What is the working title of your book?
The title of my first completed novel is A Thorn in My Side.     
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I was at a funeral and wondered what would happen if, at the reading of the will there was a complete surprise for the family!
What genre does your book fall under?
I would say it is women’s fiction or maybe general fiction. Some who have read it said it is a family saga. Take your pick!!
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Oh the main character is a young female named Lacey, so I would go for Amanda Seyfried. I loved her in Mamma Mia and I think she is such a talented young actress. Her brother would be played by Ben Affleck (because I really like him).
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
A family that is torn apart by a letter at the reading of their mothers will.
How long did it take to write the 1st draft of your manuscript?
It is difficult to say, as I started it full of enthusiasm and then let it lay to the side for awhile as I wrote some short stories. Then I got back into it and completed it very quickly. So put all the time together I would say six months.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Once I had the idea while at the funeral plus I wanted the challenge of writing a novel, I went with it.
What else about your book might pique the readers’ interest?
Although it is basically Lacey’s story, the others, her siblings are all affected by the letter so how their coming to terms with its revelations makes it a great read.
When and how will it be published?
As soon as possible I hope in both paperback and as an e-book. Publishers’ and agents’ out there take note please!!
Before I hand over to my tag team I wanted to add that I have enjoyed this experience and want to thank Jill Godsil for tagging me on The Next Big Thing.
Now over to my both creative and interesting fellow writers, watch their posts on Wed. 23rd January 2013
Marie O’Halloran
Daniel Kaye



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