The Next Big Thing is a series of connected blog posts, written by a wide variety of authors, all responding to the same interview questions. Participating authors tag others who then go on to write their own blog post exactly one week later. It's a fascinating way to spread the word about current and forthcoming projects. This meme is going viral!
Last week, I was tagged by author Dayle Grixti, whose second novel Crusaders of Ice, falls under the genre of post apocalyptic/psychological horror and is both a stand-alone story and a kind of sequel to his previous work, Sun Bleached Winter.
This week it's my turn, so welcome to my blog post and my very first meme!
1. What is the working title of your current/next book?
My soon-to-be-published novel is entitled Distance.
2. Where did the idea come from?
Distance is the story of a Welsh family who dream of emigrating to Australia. As luck would have it, I emigrated to Australia - from Wales of all places! - ten years ago, with my husband and three children. So the idea for the story was born out of my own experiences.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
I would say Contemporary Women's Fiction. The story revolves around the mother/daughter bond. And the husband/wife bond. And the parent/child bond. There's guilt, adrenalin, rage, and all the pitfalls, conflicts, moments of astonishing joy and pits of despair that arise when you're chasing a dream while struggling to keep yourself and your family together.
4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Ooh, a toughie! Well since the story is based on my own, I'd like somebody incredibly glamorous, beautiful and talented to play the part of the protagonist! I think a dream couple might be Rachel Weisz and Mark Ruffalo. Rhys Ifans or Liam Neeson would also make a brilliant husband/dad character. I'm a little stumped as to who could play the three children (two teenage boys and a ten-year-old girl). Open to suggestions! And Helen Mirren or Judi Dench for difficult grandmother, Nana Helen.
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A couple in their forties facing an uncertain future in rural Wales, shock family and friends by packing up their children and emigrating to Australia, but is it the right decision for them both?
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Distance will be published by awesome digital publishers Really Blue Books later this year.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I spent about a year tinkering around with the idea and making a start and then really got stuck into the serious side of nutting out the story when we moved to Melbourne for twelve months. So I suppose around two years all up.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Parts of my story are set in Pembrokeshire, Wales, which has a landscape and coastline quite similar to Ireland and Cornwall, where a number of Maeve Binchy and Rosamunde Pilcher novels are set. I think the chatty style of the novel has similarities with those two authors too. Australian author Kate Veitch has a real knack for understanding how women think and her novel Trust deals with family issues which are also a major theme of Distance.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Prepare for a massive helping of schmultz with a side-serving of corn (and I apologise in advance!) but it was, and always will be, my family who inspire me in everything I do.
10. What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?
Anybody who's ever had a strong desire to do something, or go somewhere but who thought it would never ever happen, might enjoy Distance I think. Big chunks of the tale are taken directly from my own experiences (though it's not a word for word account by any means...our own story would have been far too dull!) Anyone who's ever wanted to go to Australia, just to see it; anyone who's ever wanted to go to Wales, just to see it; anyone who's ever wanted to do something so much their stomach hurts - and been thwarted; anyone who's been disappointed, shocked, broken or shunned. Anyone who's just so plain mad about their family that they could burst....I think there are little corners of the story that many people would connect with. That's my hope and goal for Distance, anyway.
Thank you for reading my post..and now I'd like to hand The Next Big Thing over to talented authors, Laurie and Kizzy Lee.
Hi - and welcome to my blog! I write women's fiction and short stories. Proud to call myself a Welsh Australian (Waussie!) I live in beautiful Brisbane and write full time.