Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing by Addison James
I accepted the challenge from women’s fiction writer, Kerry Lonsdale, to complete the Next Big Thing challenge. (She’s fabulous, check her out here: http://kerrylonsdale.com/ )
What is your working title of your book?
The current title is FOR THE SAKE OF THE CHILDREN. Not sure about that one. I did have SECOND CHANCES, but that title has been used a lot. Understatement. I attended a writer’s conference, and they suggested I check how many SECOND CHANCES titles that already existed on Amazon. I stopped looking after five pages!
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I traveled to the UK to see my three best friends. We had a wonderful night of drinking and laughter. I was married at the time but the marriage was unraveling when I realized my friends cared about me more than my husband. I took that thought and cranked it up a hundred degrees by adding a romance.
What genre does your book fall under?
Romantic Women’s Fiction.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Julia Roberts and Clive Owen.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
City councilwoman Cathy Brooks worked hard to be the best at everything: wife, mother, and employee, yet, one night with beer, cigarettes, and lowered defenses, came a life changing discovery: what she searched for had been there all along, but obtaining it would lead to a choice between safety and joy.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Agency.( Fingers crossed!)
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About six months.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
David Nicholls’ ONE DAY meets BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
When I write, I just get this strong feeling that I need to write. I had an idea about a woman who realizes that she followed a certain path in life and it didn’t turn out the way she expected. I just kept writing and it went from a short story to a novella to a novel.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The novel takes place between London and Boston, and present day and the 1980s when they first meet. If I had to choose a soundtrack, think 1980s New Wave.
These four writers who accepted the Next Big Thing blog challenge:
• From my RWA Women’s Writer’s group and my web page creator, Denise Alicea, author of CONSOLING ANGEL: http://denisealicea.org/
• From the Algonkian Write to Market conference: fellow Women’s Fiction author, Jaye Viner:
From my publisher, Muse It Up publishing:
• Marie Laval, historical romances:
• Kay Lalone, author of GHOSTLY CLUES: