My Next Big Thing

Oh yes. My Next Big Thing. Are you ready? It’s going to be big. Huge. Fantabulous. If I say so myself!

Preamble: I was invited to take place in The Next Big Thing by several lovely people in the past few months, and I had to regretfully pass on each invitation as I was in the throes of launchig Sophie’s Turn. You know who you are and you know how much I appreciated your invitation! This most recent invitation came at the tail end of my blog tour and therefore I couldn’t resist taking part and shouting about my WIP. Thank you for your understanding, my friends!
🙂 xxx

Last week, my Romantic Novelists’ Association friend and writer of family sagas and historical novels, Freda Lightfoot, tagged me in her post The Next Big Thing ~ and this week it’s my turn! The idea is that I answer ten questions about my current Work in Progress (my Next Big Thing!) and tag five other writers to tell you about their latest work next week!

So here goes:

What is the working title of your next book?

~ Sophie’s Run ~

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Sophie’s Run is the sequel to Sophie’s Turn. The ideas inside the book have been inspired by events in my own life, whether they happened to me, were witnessed by me, happened to others, or were a fancy flight of my imagination based on something I read, heard or saw on television.

What genre does your book fall under?

The obvious answer to this question would be that it is a contemporary romance, or even chick-lit. However, the entire trilogy is also so much more than that. There is a big element of self-discovery going on here, especially in Sophie’s Run. And undeniably, Sophie travels a lot. So I’d say it’s romance with a twist!

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Her famous star remains her rock while life takes her on a little detour…

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

Neither, nor. The book will be published by my wonderful publisher, Sapphire Star Publishing (how many ‘publish’ words can you fit in one sentence, Nicky?) but we have a direct relationship without an agent involved. Oh, and before I forget: release date is 7 February 2013 ~ not long to go!

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

Fourteen weeks exactly. 🙂

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Do you know, I don’t know how to answer this questions. There are elements of Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones in there, just in terms of the bizarre situations Sophie finds herself in. Obviously the rock star theme likens it a little to Public Secrets by Nora Roberts. But the Trilogy as a whole charts Sophie’s life over a period of almost ten years so that reminds me of some of Maeve Binchy’s great works. So ~ a tough one to answer.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Evidently, Sophie’s Run being a sequel, this inspiration arose from the first part of the story. However, I can pinpoint the impetus for actually writing it very precisely. It was 12 July 2011, a few days after I launched Sophie’s Turn onto the world (in indepenedent publisher format). I had temporarily exhausted all promotional avenues, or so I thought (little did I know!) and when I had a bit of a tearful conversation with my long-time friend, Shirley Mukisa, she had only one answer to my conundrum. “The next logical thing will be to write the second book.” So I did. 🙂

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

Apart from being fun, sexy, wildly romantic and an absolute page-turner, Sophie’s Run also is a story about keeping the faith when life takes you down its long and winding road. I hope it inspires faith and patience in everyone whose life, like Sophie’s, doesn’t seem to work out to plan. Sophie’s message is that you are in charge of your destiny, ultimately, and if life doesn’t follow your intentions, you have to make it so. (Goodness, that sounds deep!)

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Ah, Sophie’s Run, the movie! This is obviously after we’ve made Sophie’s Turn, right? So… the dream cast would be:

Dan the Rock Star…. Played by Ewan McGregor! (Or Jon Bon Jovi, but he’d have to adopt an English accent!!!)

Sophie… Played by Keira Knightley!

Rachel … Played by Emma Watson!

And that’s my Next Big Thing. Here are the writers I’m tagging: rock on!

The amazing Jen Tucker, who writes hilariously funny biography giving amazing insights into family life and parenting.

The fabulous Jane Risdon, who posts some very intriguing articles-with-a-difference on her blog, who’s acting as my chief adviser on all things to do with rock-star lifestyle, and who’s been secretely slaving away at her WIP: I’m dying to see what it’s all about!

My brilliant Sapphire Star Publishing sister,  Jane Lark, who writes historical fiction and has just started a brand new author’s blog.

Wonderfully candid ‘scarlet woman’ Tanith Davenport, who I met through Freda Lightfoot and whose blog has me thoroughly intrigued.

The fifth spot… is open for YOU, if you want to take part. Don’t be shy, go on, I’d love to hear about your WIP! 🙂

33 responses to “My Next Big Thing

  1. I can totally see Jon Bon Jovi as Dan! YESSSS! And I love your one sentence synopsis, Nicky.

    I’m really looking forward to Sophie’s Run. Only 3 months to wait! Wheeeee!

  2. I read 14 weeks and then fainted! Can’t wait to read it, Nicky! Looking forward to catching up at the weekend xx

  3. Hi Nicky,

    THANKS for the opportunity to post a synopsis for my first still yet unpublished novel, a YA Paranormal/Time Travel/First Kiss romance. You’re a SUPER SWEETIE.

    Mary is a bright, plain girl who gets a new classmate, Jonathan. One thing likes most about him is his politeness, a politeness she had never seen in any other boy. Jonathan is a great baseball player and to get on the team, he needs Mary’s help to improve his grades, and so begins their relationship. Six months later she finds out she’s moving because and has to leave Jonathan, and before she does she decides to give him something special, sharing a first kiss between them.

    When she moves into her new some, and soon discovers she has a ghost, her age, living in the house, who takes her on numerous trips to the past of a hundred years ago, which she gets to love to do. As she starts to meet children her own age, everyone teases her because her house is haunted, and they won’t go in because of it. George and Mary’s interaction grows and she eventually starts to kiss him in return when he does something for her. George is only a real boy in the past, flesh and bones and it is there in the past that Mary eventually gives him a quick peck on his lips for doing something extra special in scaring her friends at a Halloween part. George is extremely grateful but tells Mary it’s the wrong day and time. Mary’s friends are eager to find out whether her house is actually haunted, and George helps Mary to confuse them about it. One of things Mary likes about George is his doing her math homework and writing her reports. Does Mary give George his second kiss on his lips when he really wants to have it? If she does what happens afterwards. To George? To Mary? For that you’ll have to wait for my book to be released.

    Until then. Click on my name to reach my web site/blog.

    • Hey, Robin! Consider yourself TAGGED and please take up the baton on your blog NEXT WEEK, 20 November: I’ll look forward to reading the full 10 questions then!!! Awesome! x

  4. DOUBLE WOW – And THANKS 😀 😀
    Your tag came back super quick and I feel like a child again playing “TAG -You’re It”.
    Anyway, I have a problem right now. I don’t know how I can really THANK YOU for the tag, I wish I could give you a hug…but since I can’t I’d like to leave you this song:

  5. Rubs hands with glee 🙂
    Well done!

  6. Thanks for tagging me Nicky, This sounds brilliant, I haven’t read Sophie’s Turn yet so that’s now on my to read list, I’ll do it before Sophie’s run comes out. I’ll be pinching ideas from your very nice looking blog page too ;D Best wishes SSP sister.

    • *waves* you’re welcome! Thanks for adding Sophie’s Turn to your TBR *blush* hope you enjoy. And double *blush* for the nice compliment on my blog. That means a lot ~ it took several months to get the hang of it and even now I could probably do it better. Looking forward to your WIP update next week, Jane! Rock on!

  7. Sounds fantastic, Nicky! 😀

  8. Thanks so much for tagging me next Nicky. I hope my little insights are as informative, interesting and as intriguing as your replies are. Your books are wonderful and I am sure they are all going to keep on doing well. Rock on and I hope you have lots of success and can get to 11 on the amp!!

    • Ooh, why stop on an 11, why not burst the amp and shoot off the scale?? *just kidding* Thanks for visiting and I look forward to your Next Big Thing next week, Jane!!

      • I do too…I hope I manage to sort it out OK. Every time I hit your shor-tlink it takes me to a malware page!! I must get you to send me your proper link. How did your day go? Successful I hope. I am rushing to read a friend’s novel for her, do some work on Ms Birdsong and also my WIP with my co-writer and get my NaNo word count up….plus plus plus….where is that 48 hour day?

      • Where indeed?? So sorry about the link ~ that’s really weird and deeply disturbing. Can you email it to me so I can check what’s wrong with it?? xx Good luck with the reading, WIP and all your many projects!

      • I can try, don’t put off going on holiday whilst you wait….I shall try soon. J

  9. THANKS AGAIN for the TAG
    I’ve posted THE NEXT BEST THING on my website/blog and two duplicate blog sites so I’m actually will be passing on three batons

  10. Hope everything is going well for Dan and Sophie….happy writing.

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