Thanks to Vikki for tagging me in The Next Big Thing thingy. I've decided to tell you about my NaNo project - in the hope it'll make me feel obliged to actually write it.
What is the working title of your next book?
The Last Dream of Maria Rossini
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I wrote a short story and realised the story was too big for that format (not the first time that's happened) In that story, Maria dreams of murders before they happen and tries to get a hunky, but unconvinced, policeman to stop them. I wanted to have her running a restaurant, possible mafia connections, a romance for the policeman with the sexy Maria causing trouble, visits to castles, ice cream, a dog or a cat, or both, a few scenes of gruesomeness and other good stuff, but I couldn't fit any of it in. Writing a book seemed like a sensible plan.
What genre does your book fall under?
Welllllll, it's a crime story with supernatural and romantic elements. Or maybe a romance with crime and supernatural elements.
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I don't know, but I will be requiring a lot of hunky policemen types and a few smooth Italians and a couple of girls. Who should I audition?
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
If only Maria Rossini would keep her dreams to herself, (insert mc name) could live a normal, happy life.
Will your book be self published or represented by an agency?
Hopefully I'll find someone to publish it for me. Not sure I'll go through an agent though.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The plan is to bash out the whole thing in November. Obviously it'll be really terrible and need totally rewriting later, but it'll give me something to work on.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Too early to say as I've not decided how romantic or otherwise it's going to be.
Who or what inspired you to write the book?
No idea - maybe I ate too much cheese one night.
What else about your book might pique the readers interest?
I plan to kill lots of people in interesting locations (perhaps there'll be a body behind the door in the photograph?) and have my characters eat masses of Italian food. Naturally I'll need to do a lot of research for the eating part.
I haven't yet got a name for my hunky, crime fighting, pizza eating, warm hearted, main character yet. Any suggestions?
Now to pass this on to five people so they can share details of their next big thing. I'm going to pick on Travis, Rachel, Maria, Suzanne, and Paula.
And here's a little thing I wrote earlier.