This post is in reaction to being "tagged" by a fellow author at Pelican Book Group, Lynn Willis. I will now share the answers to the questions she sent me and then you'll notice a blog list at the bottom for the authors I have "tagged." Check out their great books and blogs too. Thanks, Lynn, for letting me "play" along.
What is the working title of your book?
THE BLESSING SEER
Where did the idea come from for the book?
One night as I went to bed I was mulling over a sermon illustration
I've heard. As I laid my head down, God downloaded the story
right into my mind. I had to jump up and write it down.
What genre does your book fall under?
THE BLESSING SEER is considered women's fiction although, I
hate to label it that in some ways, because I've had some men to
read the book as well. Maybe - just Christian fiction.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie
Addy would be played by Annette Benning - I think that's how you spell her name. She played in a remake of An Affair to Remember.
Griffey would be played by Dale Midkiff from the Love Comes Softly movies. He plays Clark Davis.
Conrad is a much harder one to choose. I think possibly Anthony Quinn, the grandfather from A Walk in the Clouds. If I could bring back Michael Landon, he'd be my first choice.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Addy Townsend wants to do something of significance for God, but is she willing to step from her comfort zone to do it? And, what does this stranger she finds herself walking with have to do with her journey?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
My wonderful publisher for this book is Pelican Book Group, Harbourlight Imprint
How long did it take to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The first draft flowed out in a matter of a couple of weeks.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
One book that stands out was written years ago by Terri Blackstock, THE HEART READER.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
As I alluded to above, one night as I went to bed I was thinking about the illustration used in sermons about the man who goes to heaven. As he is touring, he comes across a warehouse with beautiful unopened packages. He asks an angel about the gifts. The angel informs him that those are all of the blessings God wants to grant but haven't been asked for.
I started to wonder what blessings I was missing because I hadn't asked or wasn't obedient.
What else might pique the reader's interest?
Readers have asked what happens to Conrad. I'm delighted to announce that there is a sequel to THE BLESSING SEER. Readers can discover what happens to Conrad and Addy five years later after the first book. This book is called BE THE BLESSING. I can't wait to share the continuing story of Addy with my readers. And, here for the first time, is the cover for that book.
Now I get to "tag" some authors.
Check out these blogs and book focuses next Wed. Oct. 31st.
Clare Revell at http://telscha.blogspot.co.uk/
Teresa Lilly at http://www.teresalilly.com/2012/10/19/christmas-village-miracle/
Donna Basinow at http://donnabsnow.blogspot.com/
Eileen Rife at http://www.eileen-rife.blogspot.com
Mary Ann Diorio at www.thewritepower.blogspot.com
Mary Manners at http://creativewritingforces.blogspot.com