The Next Big Thing – 10 Interview Questions

One of my writing sisters, Arlene Hittle, asked me to take part in a chain blog called the “next big thing” where I answer 10 questions about my Work In Progress (WIP) and tag 5 other authors to participate in the week following.

At first I didn’t think I could answer those questions.  But I took my time and gave them all some thought and these are my answers.

Also, I couldn’t hold it to just 5 other authors.  Some of the below addresses participated in the exercise, some did not.  However, I think you’ll enjoy all of their blogs.

Connie Cockrell

Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:

What is your working title of your book?

It’s currently called TriPoint Station.  That’s too overused so I’ll have to come up with something better later.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I pulled a prompt from a writers’ web site I belong to, Forward Motion.  It was a random pull and the idea just clicked for me.

What genre does your book fall under?

Mine is SciFi but the idea could have been anything: SteamPunk, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, I just went with SciFi.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I haven’t written the novel yet so it’s kind of hard to say.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Caught in a TriPoint Station criminal feud while on 24 hour leave, Jolene Harris must free herself from the entanglement and sign onto her new ship on time.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I have self-published a book but haven’t yet tried sending a novel out to an agency.  It’s a toss-up really.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I expect to get it done in 30 days, during the National Novel Writing Month, November 2012.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Just off the top of my head perhaps, C.J. Cherryh’s Chanur Series.  Not that I write as well as C.J. Cherryh, but the story is about people who are minding their own business then get sucked into serious trouble through no real fault of their own.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I haven’t been writing long, so it’s hard to tell.  I’ve always wanted to write a book and now I have one on, one in draft and now, the one I’m writing.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

It’s about an innocent, caught up in things she never viscerally understood.  It’s always one thing to read about it on the news or hear about it in a classroom.  It becomes more real when it’s happening to you.

Other Blogs:  Arlene, as well as several others asked me to do this interview.  Some of the rest are below.


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