Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Work In Progress #Blog Hop ~ The Next Big Thing

***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress) on your blog
***Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.
It’s that simple.
Thanks Michele Richard for tagging me!

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:

What is the working title of your book?
Hidden Under Her Heart

Where did the idea come from for the book?
While helping with my friend Melisa Hamling's book promotion of Twenty Weeks, I got the idea to write about an older character who is faced with the dilemma of whether to have an abortion or not. I made her a nurse so she'd be aware of all of the facts and upped the ante on the circumstances of her pregnancy.

What genre does your book fall under?
Multiracial Romance, Contemporary Issues

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I really hadn't thought of actors. I do have stock photos of the characters in mind. My two main characters are Lucas Knight, a triathlete and Maryanne Torres, a nurse. My cover reveals Maryanne Torres. She is of mixed ancestry, Ohlone Indian, Mexican, Irish, French and Chinese.
Lucas is a handsome devil, of course. He most resembles this awesome model at this URL

You can read a character interview of Lucas on my blog post: Rachelle, Do you Always Write A**hole Men?

What is the synopsis of your book?

Maryanne Torres has sworn off sex. Intent on finding a marrying man, she joins a church youth group.

A party at her pastor's house turns into a drinking binge, and Maryanne is raped.

Lucas Knight's only concern was winning the Ironman Triathalon until the morning he finds Maryanne bloody and unconscious in the church parking lot. He becomes the prime suspect, even though Maryanne cannot identify her attacker.

Maryanne wants justice but the identity of her rapist is hidden in the baby she plans to abort.

A trap is set. Lucas races to clear his name and keep Maryanne's secret from drowning her and her baby.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I'm about 62K words into my first draft and it has taken me 28 days. I estimate it will take me 40-50 days to complete the first draft.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Twenty Weeks, by Melisa Hamling
Waiting on Hope, by T.M. Souders

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
My best writer friend, Melisa Hamling, of course! She wrote an awesome book exploring the same issue for the Young Adult crowd. My son Ross, who passed away at 21 days old, inspired me to portray the life of a baby who was of the age of other babies who were aborted. He was delivered prematurely just shy of the third trimester. And of course all the men and women out there who have experienced abortion and are hurting from it deserve a chance at redemption and forgiveness.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
This book features a multi-racial romance. I have always grown up in a diverse environment and to me, multi-racial relationships are the norm. As with any relationships, there are issues, but the added kaleidoscope of a multi-racial relationship piques my interest. At the end, people are people, and we are all created from one blood, so this aspect is a subplot that makes my characterizations richer.

   Next up I tag:
Christina McKnight
A. D. Trosper
Melisa Hamling
Calinda B
Melisa Williams


  1. Oh, gosh! I've been tagged. This looks like great fun...watch for my post!

  2. Christy, that's right. Can't wait for your post. :)

  3. Thanks Audra. I'm really loving my male character this time.

  4. Okay, I had better get my post up. Still looking for 5 authors--gah.