The Next Big Thing Blog Hop-Nora LeDuc
I’d like to start by offering a huge “Thank you!” to Valerie J. Clarizio
for tagging me for The Next Big Thing. If you're looking for a Holiday treat be sure to read Val's Cookies for Santa
released by Melange Books. You can't go wrong. I have the privilege of working with Val and she's a great writer.
The Next Big Thing originated on the She Writes site, as far as we could work out, and is designed to raise awareness of our work, or work in progress. We do that by answering ten questions about it. We graciously thank the person who nominated us, and tag five other authors whose work could well be that NEXT BIG THING.
What is the title of your next book?
I'm excited that my next and tenth book, Staging Murder
, was just released. It's a romantic suspense released by The Wild Rose Press. I'm currently working on several other books with the working titles: Dead Women Tell No Lies
and When the Stalker Knocks
. They're in final revisions at this time.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
As a TV addict the ideas came from several sources. I enjoyed watching various shows on the Home and Garden Channel and the idea of having a home stager for a heroine was born while watching one realtor who went through the homes and crushed the home owner with her sarcasm of their house. My victim was born. When my detective and hero of Staging Murder seeks to find the vanished heroine, the clue that leads him to her was taken from an actual case on the ID Investigation Discovery Channel.
What genre does your book fall under?
Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Since I don't have to pay him, I'd definitely hire Channing Tatum as Detective Ben "Mac" McNamara
He'll work his magic as the troubled foster child who grows up to become a respected detective who still carries a torch for his high school sweet heart, Ava Ray.
I vote for Anna Kendrick for my heroine Ava Ray. I loved her in Up in the Air
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Ava Ray returns home to put aside family grudges, never expecting to be swept into the murder mystery along with her ex love, Ben McNamara.
Will your book be self-published or agency represented?
My publisher is THE WILD ROSE PRESS
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I wrote this manuscript for Nano Wri Mo. The first draft was completed in a month but it had many revisions.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Hmm, I can tell you my favorite writers in the genre. Sandra Brown, Lisa Gardiner, Nora Roberts etc.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I'm a big fan of true crime shows and the latest cases in the news. My thanks to Court TV for televising the OJ Simpson Case and intriguing me with investigations and courtroom drama.
What else about your book might pique the reader interest?
In all my stories I include the family dynamics of people living in a small town. So in Staging Murder, Ava must face the truth about her past relationships with her stepmother, father and her high school boyfriend to grab a second chance at love.
That's it for now.
Thank you for reading my blog and thank you again,Valerie J. Clarizio
, for tagging me so I could take this opportunity to talk about my new work in progress.
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I will now pass you along to some amazing authors so they can tell you about their current work in progress. Please visit them as they will be posting their answers to the same ten questions on or around December 12th.