Going to THE-NEXT-BIG-THING Blog Hop… I Might Need New Shoes!

Now I know you’re shocked because it hasn’t been two months since I last blogged—I told you I was going to fix that as my 2013 resolution and here is the proof of my fragile honesty. Yay! Anyway, I’m excited because I’ve been invited to take part in a blog hop! What the heck is that and what am I supposed to wear? Well, apparently it’s like a big fat round robin where authors answer questions and help readers discover new books. Cool, right? So, I was tagged by the amazing Brenda Janowitz. Check out her blog to see who else she tagged. And I’ll tag some authors so you’ll have even more fun. I know it’s complicated, but follow the hop for long enough and you’re bound to find something fabulous to read!

So—drum-roll—Here are the big things in my writing life: First, my novel Dancing on Broken Glass, which is available now everywhere.

1-Where did the idea for DOBG come from?
The idea came to me sort of after the fact. I’d set out to write about three sisters, an illness, and a baby. But like most of my first pancakes, it had to be tossed to make room for the real story which was of a marriage, faulty genetics, three sisters, and a baby. The result was infinitely deeper than what it started out to be. The lesson I learned (and continue to learn): listen to your characters.

2-What genre does your book fall under?
Hmmmm. I thought it probably fit best under women’s fiction/literary fiction, however I have had very thoughtful feedback from men—a lot of men—the good kind who can relate to a flawed hero doing his best in a unique relationship. Not sure that exactly defines a genre, but I can say heart is required—and it doesn’t seem to matter if that heart beats in a man or a woman.

3-Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
LOL! My husband is a bit full of himself and said he’d be perfect for… well, all the male leads. He’s hilarious. Honestly the only one I can actually see is Katherine Heigl as Priss.

4-Brief synopsis: (Is there such a thing?)
I’ll just quote a great review I got: DOBG is the story of Lucy and Mickey, a married couple in a picturesque Connecticut town whose relationship balances on the jagged, threatening realities of their respective biologies—she has already faced a life-threatening bout with cancer, and he wrestles continuously with the demons of bipolar disorder. They’ve built their marriage around a firm contract of dos and don’ts, but when life throws them a massive curve ball, they are forced to redefine what love really is. (Couldn’t have said it better myself.)

5-Who published Dancing on Broken Glass?
Simon and Schuster—under their Gallery imprint. They are fabulous!

6-How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It took me a long time because I’m a dork and edit and polish every paragraph along the way. Can you say OCD? Hello, nice to meet you. It’s not how you’re supposed to do it, but the upside of my compulsion is that my first draft is usually in pretty good shape.

7-What is the working title of your next big thing?
I’m calling my WIP The Duzy House of Mourning. Of course this is subject to change. But it’s a little like calling your pregnant tummy bozo or bean-dip…somehow it sticks with the baby long after the name is changed. So this is my bozo and will forever be my bozo.

8-Where did the idea for the book come from?
I’d have to say the kernel came from the heartbreaking story, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Jean-Dominique Bauby’s memoir affected me in a visceral way. I’ve always been fascinated with the brain and what happens when it’s wounded and what happens as it heals… if it heals. These questions had been swimming around in me for a while when I became a bit obsessed about what a woman would experience trapped behind a silent voice. How she would love someone, and how that someone would know. And when I had noodled this to death, one day Cleopatra Duzy simply showed up in my gray matter and introduced herself. She is fascinating. And so is her story.

Thanks for blog-hopping with me! Don’t know about you, but I have to get out of these shoes! Now check out these great authors and see what they’re up to! You won’t be disappointed.

Malena Lott

Jacqueline Luckett

Jennifer Miller

Samantha Wilde

Christa Allen