Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop Continues into 2013

I've been meaning to start this blog for many many weeks.  It's the first day of a new year and in December I was kindly tagged by Bev Prescott in “The Next Big Thing”–Blog Hop 2012".  I'm  finally responding to her tag in my first posting here. 
I so am grateful for Bev's support and encouragement.  Bev Prescott is a fabulous author and blogger.  Check out her blog at http://bevprescott.wordpress.com and read all about her newest book on her own Next Big Thing Blog post here: http://bevprescott.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/the-next-big-thing-blog-hop-2012/
So here are my answers to the Next Big Thing Blog Hop:

1. What is the working title of your book?
Infinity’s Song
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
This is my debut novel and it began as a question.  What happens to the “happily ever after” in ten or twenty years? 
3. What genre does your book fall under?
Lesbian Fiction
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
This was the hardest because I have a unique picture of each character in my head and I’m not a huge movie watcher.
Cassandra:  Not an actor by trade but the closest visually is the singer Grace Potter.
Helen:  Heather Peace (but with an American accent)
Gigi: Jane Lynch
Meli: Kathy Bates
 5.  What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
After eighteen years, in the face of losses both new and old, Cassandra and Helen are fighting to find themselves, as well as rekindle their connection to save their marriage.
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The first draft took a month to write.  (It’s amazing how much time you gain when you give up television.)
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
While I would never presume to compare myself to these two writers, I have said in the past that this book came about because RE Bradshaw and Syd Parker started a conversation in my head about women over thirty-five and I wanted to participate in that discussion.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My own twenty year relationship and conversations with friends who have been married for a long time inspired this story.         
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Cassandra's and Helen’s journeys of self discovery and reconnection will resonate with women who have been in long term relationships who crave or miss that “spark” that can often fade with time.  

To keep this moving into 2013 I am supposed to tag other writers.  Please check out these fabulous women who inspire me daily.
Syd Parker: author of six full length, can't put them down, you'll read them twice novels and a great blog too. http://sydparker.blogspot.com 
Beth Burnett: author of Man Enough and an entertaining blog to boot.  http://bethsnewlife.wordpress.com
L.t. Marie: author of Three Days and One Touch and a seriously steamy blog. http://ltwritingromance.blogspot.com/
Meli Coulson Lussier is an up and coming poet who has more talent in two paragraphs than most writers have in a life time of work. Check out her work at http://www.facebook.com/melismusings

May 2013 bring us all good reading, love and laughter...


  1. Pen, I am looking forward to your book. Now you've taken the blog plunge...It wasn't too bad was it?

  2. Pen I am looking forward to your book. I love the topic as who has wondered what it is like for long term lesbian couples I am excited you worked on this subject.
    I also loved the blog.

  3. Great job on the blog. I look forward to your book. We need more books about women in long term relationships. Let us know when it's out. I wish you all the best.