Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I'm the Next Big Thing!

This is a writer blog hop and I'm answering pre-meditated questions set by an undisclosed accountant in a sound proof booth, as per Barb Mountjoy, another author who goes by the name of Alana Lorens.
Confused yet?
Not me. Read on...

What is the working title of your book?
I have two novels, both released in December  1.Necessary Detour  2. The Dream Jumper's Promise

Where did the idea come from for the book?
1. We used to rent a cottage on a picturesque lake in Canada with our kids every summer and while there, a few years ago, I wrote some passages of narrative descriptions. I had decided to do a grown-up version of Goldilocks and had already conjured up the premise of a rock star wandering through the woods and stumbling upon a cabin of bears. Thus the family, The Bayers.
2. Maui!

1. Romantic Suspense (and doing quite well in that genre, thank you very much she says, shocked by her own mini success)
2. I don't know??? I have genre confusion on this one. It's a mystery with elements of paranormal and romance and scuba diving, if that can be considered and element.

What actors would play the main characters in a movie rendition?
1. Fergie for Goldy, Josh (her husband) or Holloway for Pete
2. Ashley Greene for Tina, Not sure for Jamey?????

One sentence synopsis for your book?
1. If you go into the woods today you're in for a big surprise
2. A mysterious ability, a broken promise, a life changed forever
I know these aren't synopses but I like 'em!

Self Pub or Traditonally Pubbed?
1. The Wild Rose Press has Necessary Detour - Official release is April 5th but available on Kindle now
2. Self pubbed by my press - Top Ten Press Available on Kindle and soon with Nook, Kobo and print

How long did it take you to write the first draft?
1. Four months
2. Eight months
I write a very very crappy first draft then go back in 17 times!

What other books would you compare this story to, within your genre?
1. I don't read much in this genre exactly but I just finished Elly's Ghost by John M Kress and thought we had similarities in the story line.
2. Totally blanked on this one. I'm a women's fiction wannabe so I'd like to write like Elin Hilderbrand or Audrey Neffenegger - The Time Travelers Wife

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
1. The need to write something publishable. I got tired of 62 rejections on my first book which is women's fiction but wasn't strong enough writing for WF, so I tried my hand at romance only to be told it wasn't formulaic enough for R/S, until Ally Robertson at WRP took me on.
2. I wanted to write what I know and I know diving in Maui, having worked as a SCUBA diving instructor there for 11 years. I knew if I could capture the love of the islands, the romance, the excitement, I'd have a good book.

What else about your book might pique the readers interest?
1. Necessary Detour has several lyrics I wrote, having been an award winning lyricist many years ago. I was also a singer and had a long career on stage. In the book I tried to capture what I felt like to be able to sing and the emotional connection you have with a big audience who are cheering for you. It's a unique relationship between a performer and her audience. I loved those moments onstage! It's like for that one moment everyone in the world loves and accepts you. Like drinking in love. That's why performers often spread their arms way out during applause--to receive. No joke.
2. Diving is actually quite easy. It's a lot like flying if I can believe my dreams and the feeling I have when flying. The first time I went diving I thought I'd be claustrophobic but I had the opposite feeling and never looked back.

Both books are on sale and I challenge you to not like them!

Necessary Detour

The Dream Jumper's Promise

Over and Out.


  1. Fergie! That's awesome! But I did see her on your Pinterest link, so I had to expect it. :) Good luck!