Thursday, 17 January 2013

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Thank you so much to Lynn Schneider for tagging me - this is such fun.  I am currently reading Lynn’s novel Perigee Moon and really enjoying it, although at this stage I have no idea where it is going. 
As part of the Blog Hop I was asked to answer the following 10 questions about my current work in progress

  1. What is the working title of your book?
    A Fairy Tale (for Grownups)
    Definitely not ‘for adults’ because that has very different connotations these days although when I was growing up grownups and adults were synonyms.
  2. Where did the idea for the book come from? I have no idea – it just popped into my head (see question 9), though I do know people who found themselves in just this type of situation so it’s possible I had been pondering it subconsciously for some time.
  3. What is the genre of the book? Women’s Fiction, sub genre Baby Boomer Fiction (something I only discovered I was writing recently. I knew my books tended to have a main character in her fifties – I had heard the awful term ‘hen lit’ and the even worse ‘matron lit’ and was having none of those! Although I dislike labels I’d far rather be writing Baby Boomer Fiction than either if the alternatives.)
  4. Which actors would you choose to play the characters in a movie rendition? That was difficult because my characters go from teenagers to their fifties in the course of the story, however if Brad Pitt could do it backwards in Benjamin Button I have to assume that this way round can also be done (I didn’t fancy having young and old versions of each character as one sometimes sees). There are three main characters, a woman and two men. Two of the characters also had to be English and the main male character Scottish. So my choices are Elizabeth: Kate Winslet Image of Kate WinsletCharles would be played by Colin Firth Image of Colin Firth and Alastair (the Scottish one) by John Hannah John Hannah Picture(Sorry for large picture - can't seem to minimise it)
    And for Alastair’s father who else but Sean Connery? What about Maggie Smith as his mother? Oh, and Judi Dench for Charles’s mother. This is now becoming fun – I could go on and on with my all star cast!
  5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? It’s a story of teenage lovers reuniting after more than half a lifetime.
  6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency/publisher? Self published but if any agents or publishers out there are interested I’m open to offers!
  7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript? I haven’t finished it yet. With my first three books I finished the first draft within about a month each but my fourth and fifth intentionally took much longer. It depends on whether I allow my writing to take over my whole life. I find it easy to be obsessive when writing but it’s not really fair on the family (and we have a new puppy who is quite demanding) so I plan to finish the first draft within three months, which I find quite possible with a daily routine and target. I’m afraid I’m one of those people who can only finish things when there’s a bit of pressure so If I set myself a deadline of say 12 months I’ll make excuses and only really get down to it during the last couple of months anyway
  8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?   I can’t really say that I have read books with similar stories although there was a television series some years back with a similar theme and there is a famous true story about an extremely well known and highly placed couple in Britain – can’t say more – my lips are sealed! I’m nothing if not a royalist.
  9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?   I was looking at a friend’s Facebook entry and saw a comment by a name I recognized from my youth – this triggered an idea for how a couple might meet again after many years.
  10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? I believe the rise in websites devoted to linking people up with former school friends triggered a spate of such situations - couples dropping their current spouses to get back together with their high school sweethearts. This is one such fairy tale.
Now it is my turn.  I would like to tag Claude Nougat, author of Baby Boomer novel,  A Hook in the Sky.  Check out her blog at

Till next time :)




  1. Sounds like a really good read! I will have to add it to my TBR list...But I object: boomer literature is like YA lit: it's not a sub-genre, it's a broad genre in the sense that it is audience-centric, like YA. The difference is that it doesn't address Young Adults but Older Adults (grin!). Therefore, like YA lit, all the theme-related genres fit under it, from romance and women's fiction to paranormal, historical, thrillers, science fiction, whatever. At the top level, you have the broad audience-centric category (in this case boomer lit's audience is today's boomers, some 78 million in the US alone: born between 1946 and 1964, they will all be past the 50+ mark by year-end and hitting retirement at the rate of 3.5 million/year. A huge market!)

    Under it, snug in your women's fiction!

    1. OK, I like that - Baby Boomer First it shall be! :)

  2. Good post, Jenny. Loved the answers to your questions!