The Next Big Thing

I was tagged by Florence Fois     (Florence Fois «

to participate in The Next Big Thing. I answer ten questions (below) about my work in progress and then tag five authors to join me in The Next Big Thing.

Take it away, me!


1.  What is the working title of your book?

Taken Away

2.  Where did the idea come from for the book?

Amber Alerts, hearing too many tales of abducted children, getting told by an Oakland detective that most child abductions are committed by relatives.

3.  What genre does your book fall under?

You know that genre Women’s Fiction? Well, this is Men’s Fiction with Romantic Elements I guess, since it’s written in a man’s POV.

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

Channing Tatum for the main male character, Jessee, and Mila Kunis as the main female character, Laura.

5.  What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

When Jessee Bradford, a young veterinarian in Santa Barbara, comes home to find his wife and nine-month-old daughter missing, he fears they may have been kidnapped or worse, but the FBI believe his wife simply walked away, with no intention of returning.

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

I hope that my agent, Dawn Dowdle, of Blue Ridge Literary Agency will find a publisher.

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

It usually takes me about 2 to 3 months.

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

I hate to raise my book to a bar set by people who write WAY better than I; however Taken Away reminds me of a Barbara Freethy book because it has romance and a little bit of intrigue.

9.  Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Child abductions have always fascinated me because, as a mother, I cannot fathom what parents go through when this happens.

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

It has a Happily Ever After and is an uplifting book. Many readers don’t want to read a book if they think it’s “too depressing”. This book isn’t a sad tale of woe.

The authors I am tagging are:

Sheila Seabrook – because she always comes at things with a virtual smile on her face and is an uplifting, positive individual.

Vicki Batman – with a blog called “Handbags, Books…Whatever” how could you not love her?

Catie Rhodes – an intriguing author with a penchant for the macabre and the scary and the haunted and the weird – which makes her one of my favorite people.

Sharon Ledwith – anyone who believes “children are the keys to our future” has my heart.

Sloane Taylor – “Sweet As Honey, Hotter Than Hell” – come on, you know you have to like this lady!

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