Blog hop or blog tour? I personally like the term: blog tour, because it sounds so much like one of those holidays where we run through an exotic city, seeking famous landmarks weve always cherished.
This is my first hop. I don’t have a lot of experience as a blogger, usually hiding behind my characters to pen anything worth a grain of salt. When invited me to participate in a blog hop, to find The Next Big Thing, I admit thinking: it could be me…
I accepted because I realized handfuls of talented writers, who deserve recognition, whether they are just finding their strokes or getting ready to publish, are rounding the bend of this amazing race. I know that whatever blog we visit will lead us to new friends, new stories, and we hope, to many capable of becoming: The Next Big Thing.
So, my mission and I choose to accept it, is to turn the spotlight on me and my story for the next few minutes. And rather than bore you with useless chatter, I will answer 10 specific questions to give you an idea of my story and its characters.
What is the working title of your book? My book is called Mirror Deep. Surprisingly enough, each time I have been inspired to write a story, the title pops in my head first, and it remains. I have never changed the title of any of my manuscripts.
Where did the idea come from for the book? This is a little tougher to explain. Mirror Deep actually came to me while I was working on another story and trying, at the same time, to keep score of a Grand Slam tennis match. Crossed circuits maybe, but like a radio tuned into another channel all of a sudden, I could hear these other characters talking to each other, and riding horses. I had to interrupt the story I was working on and 125,000 words later I had Mirror Deep.
What genre does your book fall under? Ive gotten better over the years, determining genre, although I believe Mirror Deep has a little to please everyone. One reviewer said she couldnt believe a mystery could be so sexy, while I see it as dangerous and romantic. Definitely suspenseful, it even sports a thread of paranormal instance.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Kat Bonner is tall, lanky, big smile and bright hazel eyes, and is a budding horse whisperer. Shes 25 years old, opinionated, especially where her second cousin Pierce is concerned, and never at a loss for the end of an argument. I picture a young Julia Roberts.
Pierce Bonner is also tall, and in Kats eyes, the jet black hair, blue eyes and tanned skin doesnt make him Gods gift to women. He manages the 1500 acre Bonner-Willow ranch and secretly uses Kat as a yardstick to compare all his girlfriends. I guess a young Matthew Settle could play the hot riding, Pierce.
I was told that some of the secondary characters have a life of their own. A couple of bumbling detectives are hilarious, Kats hunky cowboy friend, Jake, has a way about him, and the persistent doppelganger Kat keeps bumping into disturbs her quite a bit.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Hit with a bomb about her past, Kat turns to Pierce for help while his meddling lands them in the path of a serial killer, unearthing old murders, bumbling detectives, and Kats doppelganger no one sees but her, just as she never sees the change in Pierces feelings toward her, until she does…
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? That is a very good question, one I settled only recently. I researched many small publishing companies, and didnt like the odds. And since I knew I didnt want to wait months and even years for one of the big six to come around, I decided to go with Create Space. Plus, there has never been a better time to get our material directly to the reader.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? On and off, I would say eight months. Of course, working on two manuscripts at the same time, and working a full time job, I dont think first draft was nearly as long or difficult to do than the second and third drafts that involve more editing. Then with a professional edit and all the corrections, youre looking at almost eighteen months.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I like to compare Mirror Deep to any good mystery, or even a good suspense. I would call it fifty percent suspense, and fifty percent romantic. It is difficult to compare. I believe all books are fairly distinctive, especially the ones that offer the reader a cross-genre.
Who or What inspired you to write this book? I really dont know where the stories come from. One story I began six months ago was born from a weekend course I took by a well-known author. She demanded that we concentrate on the task at hand, and on doing nothing else than following her tapes for 48 hours. By Sunday, I had twenty chapters of a new story.
Most times, I’ll get inspired with my eyes picking up some little detail or other; and when I sit down to write, its like taking dictation. And although I’m a fast typist, it’s hard to keep up with the words that spill into my head. Where do the voices come from? A friend has an interesting theory. She says these books have already been written and I can hear the echo of my own efforts having already worked on them. Another singularity Ive noticed is the closer I am to a body of water, the better the connection, and the more clearly I can hear the characters talking to each other.
What else about your book might pique the readers interest? Well, story begins on a horse ranch, just south of Chicago. I love horses.
It continues in Chicago… and brings Kat all the way to Paris, France.
Plus, Pierces father is involved, Franklin Bonner, and Pierce is especially worried about him, even though their relationship leaves a lot to be desired. In fact, trying to prove, to himself at least, that Franklin has nothing to do with disrupting the law is one of the reasons he decides to help Kat.
There is a loveable detective by the name of Vander Hurk, whom people refer to as a Dutch windmill, always getting into trouble. I have some people say he is as big as life. And the story has many layers to please all types of readers, not to mention keep them guessing until the end.
Mirror Deep, set in beautiful surroundings, peopled with exciting characters, tells a story that leaves a person with a great feelingso I’m told.
I would like to introduce my five friends who have taken up the challenge of island hopping. I wish them all the best for next Wednesday when its their turn to display their work in progress or their upcoming release. Looking forward to it.