The Next Big Thing

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A picture that made me think of my WIP.

I was asked by the lovely D.H. Nevins (author of Wormwood) to take part in this Work in Progress (WIP) Blog Hop, which started on the She Writes website a while back and is still going strong.

If you’re an author and I tagged you for this blog hop, your instructions are at the end of this post.

Ten interview questions for The Next Big Thing:

1. What is the working title of your book?

Well, it’s had a few, none of which seemed to fit it. So now I just call it Helena & Rose, as in ~ Q: What are you working on? A: That book about Helena & Rose.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

I was actually writing a different novel & got about 600 pages into it before realizing that it wasn’t good & wasn’t going anywhere. I managed to salvage 60 pages. This book came from two characters, Helena & Rose, that were born in those salvaged pages.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

Literary Fiction.

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

Oh, sadly, I’m so bad at this kind of thing, but here goes: Helena ~ Elisabeth Mitchell (from Lost ~ TV show) & Rose ~ Jennifer Lawrence (from Hunger Games ~ movie).

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Rose Harlen abandons her dream to marry a man who has a life-changing secret and because of that choice, her world in America careens toward catastrophe; Helena Basinski’s link to the Polish Resistance triggers her deportation by the Nazis to the Buchenwald Concentration Camp, where one of the guards falls obsessively and dangerously in love with her; after Rose’s world has been splintered and Helena’s shattered, the two women quietly but forcefully collide. (How do you make a really long one sentence? Semi-colons!)

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Dunno. Most likely small press again.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

About 6 months.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

The Kite Runner, The Secret Life of Bees, The Lovely Bones ~ all stories that are emotionally gripping and literary fiction, too.

9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

You know, the characters kind of showed up on their own. I fell in love with Rose even though she broke my heart into pieces sometimes. Helena tugged at my heart, too, but in a different way. I wrote a book about them because those 60 pages wouldn’t let me go.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Well, it deals with secrets and what they can do not only to us but also to the ones we love, the bond between women, the Holocaust, and the price of not following your dreams.

You can read an excerpt of my latest Work In Progress. You can also sign up for my free newsletter to be notified when the book becomes available.



Here are the fabulous authors I’m tagging:

Rich Weatherly
S.L. Coelho

So if you’re an author and I tagged you for this Next Big Thing Blog Hop, read on. Here’s how it works . . .

Rules of The Next Big Thing

Use this format for your post. Include an introduction to your interview post and a link to the person who tagged you for participation. Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress). Include some pictures if possible. Tag at least one and up to five other writers/bloggers by sending them an email and then add their links to the end of your interview post. Their answers should go up the week after.

Your blog post would need to be up between November 12th and the 16th . If you are on She Writes, you put the post up there too. Your blog post should be labeled: The Next Big Thing.

13 Responses to "The Next Big Thing"
  1. SL_Coelho (@SL_Coelho) says:


    I cannot wait to read your book. You are such an incredible talent. Thank you for thinking of me. I hope you have a beautiful weekend.

    • Hi Sandy!

      Awww, thanks so much. You make me smile. 🙂 Thank you so much for participating; I’m looking forward to seeing what you’re working on. You have a fabulous weekend too, darlin.

  2. This sounds like an intriguing story! I can’t wait to read it!

  3. Hi Shelli,
    What an honor it is to have been nominated by you. You are without a doubt my favorite literary fiction author.
    Good writing and thank you again,


    • Hi Rich!

      Awww, you made my day! Thanks so much for the fabulous compliment & for always being so supportive. You are welcome & I’m so looking forward to seeing what you’re working on! Good writing to you, too. Cheers, my friend.

  4. Hi Shelli,
    Thanks again. I have posted my blog update for, The Next Big Thing on my blog, and on She Writes at
    Cheers back with my *Waves* ~
    I’m writing as fast as I can, LOL 🙂

    • Hi Rich!

      Wow, your book looks fantastic. You had me at virus research. I LOVE that kind of stuff (one of my all-time favorite books is The Andromeda Strain). Looking forward to reading it. 🙂

      • Hi Shelli,

        I’m honored by your interest. The story opens chilling possibilities.

        Please let me know your thoughts when you’ve had a chance to read it!
        Thank you and *Hugs*!

  5. Hmm? Great answers, Shelli. I especially love how you managed to keep that one sentence restriction. 🙂 You have caught my interest before with your work, and you’ve done so again with this new WIP. I usually read horror, but love taking left turns every once in a while. One of these days it’s going to be you, my friend. I promise.
    Have a great week…


    • Hi Jimmy!

      Ha, ha, yeah, I’m not really good about the rules and I LOVE semi-colons. 😀 Thanks so much for the fab compliment. I’m a big horror fan, too, although I read most any genre. You have a great week, too. Cheers, my friend.

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