“The Next Big Thing ” – Blog Hop 2012

As part of The Next Big Thing Blog Hop, I was tagged by Ann McMan in her post last week.

The purpose of this hop is to introduce readers to writers and works that might be unfamiliar. This includes new releases or Works in Progress (WIP).  This is week 25 of the hop.

According to the rules of the hop, I will be answering some questions (the same ones for every other blog hopper) about either my newest release or my WIP and then at the bottom of the post I’ve listed authors who will do the same thing in their blogs next Wednesday, ailment   December 19th.


What is the working title of your book?

My novel is called The Blind Side of Love, but I’m pushing to call it The Blind Side of Spacegoat Abductions because then I can use this cool book cover I made up:

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But unfortunately the book isn’t really about spacegoats or abductions, so maybe I’ll have to save it for the sequel.

What genre does your book fall under?

Comedy-Romance. Romance-Comedy. TBSOL is like … if you took the film Notting Hill and forced it to mate with You’ve Got Mail and then waited 9 months for an offspring, and you took that offspring and waited until it was old enough to determine its own sexuality and it told you it was gay. And then it grew up and met the love of its life, and they, too, had an offspring, and it came out kind of funny looking, and spouting things about goats and nacho-eating robots. That, right there, would be my book.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I get this question a lot and I don’t have a good answer because I’ve found that when I try to give an answer, the reply is usually like, “Oh.. I didn’t picture her that way. I always imagined Julianne like Judy Dench.” And I’m like, “But she’s only 25…” And they’re like, “Yeah, and I picture Kris like Margaret Cho.” And I’m like, “But… she’s Puerto Rican…” So, what I’ve learned is that people will picture whatever they want to, and by golly I’m going to let them, because that is the magic of books.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A young, closeted A-list actress starts an online friendship with a New York City art student under the guise of someone else.

What is the longer synopsis of your book?

I haven’t written the official synopsis for this book, because my editor hasn’t forced me to write it yet.

But I asked my girlfriend, and she told me to say the following:

“You ramble for four-hundred pages about two very loveable characters, who people are going to fall in love with, who eventually fall in love with each other. That’s it.”

Then I asked my cat, Poe, and he told me to say the following:

“Meoooooow …”

He followed that up by gazing at me intently and then yawning.

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

Assuming they don’t change their minds before then, TBSOL will one day be published by the awesome folk at Bedazzled Ink.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?


Um. The first draft. The first draft took me two years. But it’s many years later, and I’m currently on draft 3, which should, hopefully, be the last one. I’ve been writing the third draft for about a year.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

My idea for this book came in the shape of a question about what it would be like if a famous person met a non-famous person online and they struck a friendship and later fell in love. I thought it would be a fun scenario to explore.

What inspires me, though, is people. I have a very deep desire to make people happy through my writing, and to make them feel that being gay or lesbian or bisexual or queer or [insert preferred label] is a good thing; to remind them that they’re not remotely alone, even when it feels that way. There was a time in my life when I was not okay with being a lesbian, when I hated myself, when I felt like I was completely alone, and it led me down a very dark path.

So be it TBSOL or be it whatever I write afterwards, my inspiration comes from the people who write to me and say, “Thank you for writing.”

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?


That’s hard to say because everyone’s interests are different. You may love this book or you may hate it. All I can say is that the first two versions are available for free and they’re both complete, so you can always give them a shot.


The final version is coming…

Continuing the Blog Hop next Wednesday, December 19th:

James Femmer, my BFF extraordinaire – http://jamescfemmer.com/

And maybe, possibly, Jenn & Sarah Diemer, but you should check them out regardless because their fiction is awesomesauce – http://muserising.com