A good friend and paranormal-romance writer, Lori Sjoberg, has tagged me for this week’s blog hop interview. You’ll want to check out her debut book, Grave Intentions, which is set to be released January 1, 2013. You can read all about her at http://lorisjoberg.com/blog/.
Following the blog hop rules, you’ll find my answers to a few questions about my current work in progress below. I’ve then tagged a few other writer/blogger friends (their links included), so you can hop over and meet them as well.
What is the working title of your book?
It is titled simply: Sleepless.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
The concept of the story is a rather strange one, and I’ll confess that the idea just popped into my odd little brain while I was working on a prior manuscript. How the idea formed, I honestly have no clue.
What genre does your book fall under?
Sleepless is a mystery/suspense, however, it could easily be labeled under the genre of romantic-suspense, which is how I originally saw it. Some readers, who have had a sneak preview, believe it could also be promoted under the genre of paranormal-romance.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
The main characters are:
Alaina Reynolds: a concert violinist, born with a rare disease and suffering from a lifetime of chronic insomnia, who must also deal with an unwanted ability to hear the voices of long-dead souls with secrets to tell.
Caden O’Connor: an ill-natured FBI agent, recently transferred to the Cold Case Squad while recuperating from a near fatal gun-shot wound, finds himself obsessed with an anonymous informant.
I actually have two visions for this story. If we’re doing a romantic-comedy I see the lovely RACHEL McADAMS and sexy GERARD BUTLER as an excellent pair for this duo of hard-headed individuals. But, if we’re talking more mystery with romantic elements, I believe the gorgeous EMILY BROWNING and steamy hot SAM WORTHINGTON would do a very nice job.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
One measly sentence is definitely tough, but I’ll go with this: Through the tortured mind of an insomniac, murdered souls reveal the secrets that have kept their killers from exposure.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I have not yet submitted a sample of this manuscript to any agents or publishers, but plan to as soon as it’s complete. I have no current plans to self-publish.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Well, the reason for my vague answer to the prior question is that I have not yet completed the first draft. Although, I have a goal to do just that by Christmas. With fingers crossed, I’m pretty confident I’ll make that goal, and when I do, the approximate time will have been eight months.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I can’t say the storyline of Sleepless resembles any particular book I have ever read. However, I have tried to instill the passion and intrigue similar to what you’ll experience when reading a Sandra Brown thriller like “Play Dirty” and “Ricochet” (two of my absolute favorites). I’ve also included a good bit of the humor of two people finding true love while dealing with the mysteries of the paranormal, such as what you’ll discover while reading any one of the “Arcane Series” novels written by Jayne Ann Krentz.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
The “who” would have to be Bestselling Author Sandra Brown. I absolutely adore her thrillers and strive to write something as wonderful.
The “what” would be the plot itself. When the idea came to me, I couldn’t wait to see the story unfold.
What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
I don’t know anyone who can resist a good who-done-it, and in this book the reader gets even more when the question is not only who did it, but also, just exactly what did they do? Sleepless also offers the reader a healthy dose of humor along with the mystery and suspense, as well as the paranormal that compasses the life of Sleepless.
Thanks for checking out my blog and taking the time to hear about my latest project.
Tagged for next week (Week 27) are some of my very talented writer friends. Check out their blogs next Wednesday, December 5th, when it's their turn to post answers to these same questions about their own works-in-progress!
Dannie Woodard at http://rockingwithdannie.blogspot.com/2012/
Kate Reid at http://katereid5.wordpress.com/
Jennie Shaw at http://wellshutthefrontdoor.blogspot.com/#
Jayne Denker at http://dragondroppings.wordpress.com/