A big THANK YOU to writer Shannan Albright for inviting me to participate in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop. Please click on over to Shannons’s blog where she answers the same ten questions about her awesome book in progress, DARK DESIRE, that I answer below about my book in progress.
The Next Big Thing was started by blogger She Writes to help authors promote their current work in progress by answering ten questions and then “tagging” a few other women writers inviting them to share the status of their own current works in progress.
My answers are below, followed by links to the writer friends I’ve “tagged” for The Next Big Thing.
1. What is the working title of your book?
The Spanish Patriot
2. Where did the idea for your book come from?
A couple ideas: I’d written about one of the first journalist/foreign correspondents in my novel A NOTE OF SCANDAL, and I wanted to discover more of his story and how he got started reporting from war zones. Plus, I wanted him to meet someone nice ;-). Also, I live in the United States, and I had been hearing people use the word “patriot” in so many different ways. Whose definition of patriot should I use? I tried to put as many different types of patriots as possible in this story.
3. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A British war correspondent in Spain in 1808 has his beliefs tested and his heart sorely tried by an expatriate woman from America.
4. What genre does your book fall under?
Historical fiction with romantic elements, probably less sex than my usual.
5. What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Wow, jumping the gun on this one. I guess Clive Owen and Rose Leslie (Gwen in Downton Abbey and Ygritte in Game of Thrones). But I’m a pretty slow writer, so they might well age out of the roles!
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I hope to sell it to a small publisher, as I did my others.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I wrote the first draft in 30 days during National Novel Writing Month in 2011. I traveled to Spain this past spring for research(!) and this week I began revising it. I like to let the story “rest” at least six months.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
One Good Turn by Carla Kelly
An Infamous Army by Georgette Heyer
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I am inspired to write stories that take me on a journey different than my everyday.
10. What else about your book might pique readers interest?
It takes place mainly in Spain, but in a region that is little-known, Galicia, along the western coast. Instead of warm weather and Flamenco music, Galicia has the chill sea–and bagpipes! The story also covers some history that is little-known, as well, including what happened to the vast numbers of people who did not wish to leave off their Britishness and become the new Americans.