Thank you to Sydney Jane Baily for inviting me to participate in an author interview on her Next Big Thing Blog Hop today. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to connect with Sydney and her readers. The questions she posted really had me thinking and was such fun to do.
1. What is the working title of your current/next book? In The Spirit Of Love
2. Where did you get the idea for that book? It was an odd start. I was watching television one day, and there was an advertisement on that showed one of those stately old English manor houses, and I remember thinking, ‘I wonder if those places are really haunted?’ Then I jumped up and went to my computer and typed out a sketchy outline for a story. The next day, I couldn’t wait to get back to it, and it just evolved from there.
3. What’s the genre of the book? Although classified paranormal romance, it is also very much a murder mystery suspense.
4. If you could pick actors to play the lead characters in your story, who would you pick? Good question. Hmm, I think I’d choose someone like Hugh Jackman or Leonardo DiCaprio for Richard, and perhaps fellow Canadian, Rachel McAdams for Claire
5. How would you describe your book in one sentence (10 words or less)? A paranormal romance with an unexpected murder mystery twist.
6. How will your book be published, submitted through the traditional route to a traditional publisher or will you be handling it yourself through Indie Publishing methods? It has been released via Echelon Press, LLC, Orlando, Florida in ebook format through all the usual ebook venues, and also POD through Amazon worldwide.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of this book? It took about three months to write the first draft, then about another three for edits and rewrites.
8. What other books within your genre are similar to yours? I’m not sure, but without specific titles, I’d have to say it’s a cross between Gena Showalter and Nora Roberts in terms of book type.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book? I was inspired to write this book when thinking of some of the fabulous English manor estates I’ve seen on TV and that I’ve read about. Because I’ve always been intrigued by the paranormal, although I’ve never had a personal paranormal experience, I wanted to write a love story with a bit of a twist, but still speak to the reader and draw them in on a variety of levels.
10. What about your book will pique the reader’s interest? I’m hoping that readers will be intrigued at the idea of a love that spans time, putting characters together from different periods. I also always think about the complexity of personalities and how or why certain people are drawn to others.
If you have any questions, please feel free to post them here, or on Sydney’s blog at
http://www.sydneyjanebaily.com/blog/. Thank you so much Sydney!