Monday, November 12, 2012

The Next Big Thing Blogarama



Today, I'm participating in The Next Big Thing Blogarama. Thank you to author Morgan Mandel for inviting me.

I have to answer 10 questions, then pass on the baton to other bloggers.  Each of those bloggers answer the questions then pass it on to others. And so on and so on.

So, let's get down to the fun.

Question 1: What is your working title of your book?
Since the question is about the "working title" rather than "title," I'll tell you the name of my next book which should be out early 2013: Dismembering the Past.

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
Clearly, the easy answer is "my head." But that's too easy. I like reading PI books. When I decided to write one, I knew I wanted the PI to be a woman and I wanted her to live in central Texas. I had her pictured in my mind and I knew a lot about her. So then it was just a matter of figuring out what case she would be working. I tend to be a "pantster" when it comes to writing, so I started the book, knowing the case, but not knowing the end.

3: What genre does your book fall under?
When readers hear the term "PI," the term "mystery" comes to mind. I would put Dismembering the Past into the category of "Suspense" which is in the mystery family.

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Now, this is a difficult question. I'm not very "up" on actors and actresses.  I'll open this question to those of you reading this post. Hallie McAllister is 28, red hair, in great shape (she boxes and works out at the gym), knows how to shoot and is always carrying. Who should play Hallie?

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
I'm gonna have to fudge on this. Here's my two-sentence synopsis of Dismembering the Past:
The Texas Butcher has killed twelve women around the state, dismembering them and displaying the body pieces. He'll add three more in Mesquite Cove if the FBI and Hallie can't stop him -- unless he kills her first.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Dismembering the Past is not represented by an agency. It will be published by me and High Canyon Books, as was my first fiction book, Angel Sometimes.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It took about five months. I tend to write, then edit what I wrote, then edit again then write some more….

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
When I first started writing it, Kinsey Milhone was in my head. Hallie is very different from Kinsey, but they're similar in their tenacity.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
It seemed to me that Suspense is dominated by male protagonists. I wanted to put a woman in that position. I also wanted her to be living in Texas, a state wide open to different settings and danger.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? 
How about the opening paragraph of Dismembering the Past:

The first things I noticed when I raised the lid on the freezer were the eyes. Eighteen glazed eyes reflected whispered light from the frost-encrusted bulb. Heads and necks bent backward and blank faces tilted upward toward the sliding baskets of ice cream and ground beef.

And now, link backs…
Morgan Mandel, who invited me to participate in The Next Big Thing.

Later this week, I'll be inviting other bloggers to participate.

18 comments:

  1. Good start. Kind of scary. I wonder if it's human eyes, or the eyes of a pile of frozen herring >:)

    Cold As Heaven

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    1. You're close, but I won't say which.

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  2. I like the title! And there do seem to be a lot of men who write in that genre.

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    1. It does seem like a lot of men specialize in suspense, while a lot of women write mystery. Although, both sexes write both genres.

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  3. I loved Angel Sometimes so much I'd purchase anything you wrote, Helen.
    Karen

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    1. Good gracious, Karen! Thank you so much!

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  4. Yahoo for the female lead in a suspense. Great paragraph to share.

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    1. I think more writers, even in suspense and thrillers, are starting to see that women can handle the lead role.

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  5. Wow Helen! That is one incredible opening. I didn't know you had this dark side!! Sounds great! And thanks for stopping by! Coming 2013: GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie

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    1. I guess I do have a dark side! Makes sense since I'm writing about a killer who dismembers women. Yikes, that's disturbing.

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  6. Great opening, Helen! This sounds like a great book. :)

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth. I hope readers will agree.

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  7. That is a deliciously creepy opening! It sure catches the attention. I will be anxiously awaiting the release!

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    1. I am too. I had thought it might be out before Christmas, but it's looking like early 2013 now.

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  8. Yeow! What an opening! Looking forward to more.

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    1. Thank you Liza. I hope the entire book keeps readers reading!

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  9. Oh Helen, you always make me laugh.
    Quote: Where did the idea come from for the book?
    Clearly, the easy answer is "my head."
    Sounds like another great story from your head - can't wait to read it.
    I'm taking a break from NaNoWriMo. Writing a novel in 30 days is grueling.
    Ann

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  10. I've never tried to do NaNoWriMo. It just seems like sooooo much work and I would have to change my whole writing routine since I tend to write, then re-read, then edit, then re-read, then write some new stuff, then.....

    Ann, I was asked by a second person to participate in this. If you stop back by, you'll find out I come up with different answers for the same questions.

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