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?
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.
Here are the fabulous authors I’m tagging:
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.