Welcome to the NEXT BIG THING Blog Hop.
What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way for readers to discover authors new to them. I hope you’ll find new-to-you authors whose works you enjoy. On this stop on the blog hop, you’ll find a bit of information on me and one of my books and links to five other authors you can explore!
My gratitude to fellow author, Lissa Bryan, for inviting me to participate in this event. You can click the following links to learn more about Ms. Bryan and her books.
Lissa Bryan’s blog: http://lissabryan.blogspot.com
Visit Lissa’s Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B009N6CFTQ
In this blog hop, my fellow authors and I, in our respective blogs, have answered ten questions about our current book or work-in-progress (giving you a sneak peek). We’ve also included some behind-the-scenes information about how and why we write what we write–the characters, inspirations, plotting and other choices we make. I hope you enjoy it!
Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions. Here is my Next Big Thing!
1: What is the working title of your book?
Searching for Sara
2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
Originally, Searching for Sara was the sequel to Broken Angel (not yet released). To be honest, I wanted to experiment with the intense emotions of grief and loss. In the sequel I killed the heroine from the previous book and introduced another love interest for our grieving hero, Robert Trent. My sister, horrified at what I did, demanded I rewrite the book. That rewrite gave birth to hero Christopher Lake. I allowed myself to keep his five-year-old daughter, but renamed his dearly departed wife. Sara Little is still the main character, and I was still able to explore grief and loss. More than that, though, Sara became the epitome of what I, myself, wanted to become: a woman able to step forward in faith and obedience even through fear.
3: What genre does your book come under?
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I never gave much thought to that before. Of course I see the characters in my head, but I haven’t yet seen their equal on the screen. The closest to Sara Little could be Anne Hathaway (Princess Diaries, Les Miserables), Willa Holland (Legion), or Lily Collins (The Blind Side). Dakota Fanning would have made a fantastic Gwyneth Marie Lake, Christopher Lake’s five-year-old daughter, and I doubt it would take much to rewrite the role to account for a change in age. Simon Woods (Pride & Prejudice) or Ben McKenzie (The O.C., Southland) would do Christopher Lake justice in looks as well as the ‘tortured’ affect.
5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
“Sara has an intimate knowledge of fear; now faith asks her to step beyond all she knows and venture to America.”
6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
Searching for Sara is published by an independent publisher, Angel Breath Books.
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It has been awhile since the first draft, but I believe it took about 6 months. Keep in mind, also, that much of the first draft was written by hand.
Happy Writing and Reading!