I’ve been tagged to take part in the Next Big Blog Hop. I’ve been planning to revive this blog, and this seems as good a place to start as any. My goal will be to post on the weekends, so I can maintain some kind of schedule. So, without further ado, here are some deets about my upcoming release, the sequel to Shattered.
1) What is the working title of your next book?
My next book, which will be out near the end of this month, is called Deliverance.
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
It came from my last release, Shattered. One of the secondary characters, Carl O’Neill – an anti-hero really – intrigued me so much that I had to write a sequel and redeem him.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
My books straddle the line between historical fiction and historical romance. I don’t know what you call that – historical fiction with strong romantic elements? Romance with strong historical elements?
Carl is a World War 1 veteran who’s home on extended leave after escaping from a brutal POW camp. He’s brought it all home with him, and there’s no way he can face going back to the trenches when his leave’s up. Naomi is trying to process her experiences as a field hospital nurse, and she’s also recovering from rape. The story is as much about their individual journeys as about their romantic relationship. Then there’s the 1917 Halifax Explosion, a real historical event that serves as a pivotal event in the story.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Carl would be played by Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, and Naomi by Caroline Dhavernas. Here they are as I see them in their roles. I think he has the required toughness to play Carl’s part, and she has Naomi’ s informal grace.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The tag line is “Where do you run when you can’t go home?” Both Naomi and Carl are forced to leave home and make major changes in their lives – changes that eventually lead them to each other.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It will be self-published, as Shattered was. I like being in control of the product I’m putting out there.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
About eight months, with breaks in between to work on other projects. I’m not the fastest writer in the world…
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
That’s a tough one, as I don’t see too much romantic fiction from the World War 1 era out there, and my setting – Halifax, Nova Scotia and rural Saskatchewan – isn’t common. I guess I’ll have to let readers answer that one.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Carl. When I introduced him in Shattered, looking unkempt in an undershirt and old uniform pants, my reaction was “Oh, he’s hot!” And, even though he wasn’t likeable, I sympathized with him. He had a very rough time overseas and badly needs some help recovering, as well as some TLC.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
I’m hoping people will enjoy the story because the setting and time period aren’t common. The early 20th century was a time of great social and technological change, as well as conflict. It’s a gold mine for a writer.