Why - oh why - oh why do I always go about things the hard way? It would have been so much simpler to talk about my published YA Historical novel, The Unhewn Stone, or my Sci fi short story Happiness Guaranteed or the MG animal short Billy the Bonsai Bull, but I’ve chosen to talk up a work in progress. I know why. I’m trying to get a handle on it and convince myself this story is still a worthwhile endeavour.
So, here are my answers to the ten interview questions:
Where did the idea come from for the book?
At the Muse Online Writers Conference a couple of years ago, I attended a course on ‘Writing a Cosy’ by Kim Smith. I developed a précis around a group of tourists, a crabby old fisherman and a seaside murder. Since then I have demoted the fisherman to an important minor character and made the three girls Uni students who have returned home for the summer holidays. The three young men are new to the area.
What genre does your book fall under?
Mainstream Murder Mystery or Romantic Mystery.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
For the moment I’ll stick with the cast of ‘Friends’ but will need to add a couple who can play at being manipulatively sinister.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
If my book isn’t worthy to be accepted by a publisher, I wouldn’t expect it to be worthy to be purchased by a reader. Besides, it will need the input of the editors, the cover artist and the publisher to prepare the layout and production before it is as good as it can possibly be. I’m grateful to MuseItUp Publishing for bringing my first novel, The Unhewn Stone, up to the acceptable standard for the reading public. And for doing the same with my short stories Happiness Guaranteed and Billy the Bonsai Bull.
This was a NaNo project. Write 50,000 words in a month. I just made it with 50,623 before I ran out of puff. During the month I had a lot of fun making my sinister character really nasty and placing my goody two shoes in lots of danger. But the first draft is a mess. I have character arcs but no real story arc. So the second draft is taking a long time and taking its toll on my dedication. For me, writing is a more pleasant task when I plan thoroughly first. Still if I hadn’t jumped in to Nano empty-headed, I wouldn’t have the good solid foundation for Fisherman’s Row story now.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
What I would like to know is, does this story sound interesting enough to finish? If not, I can always go back to working on the Elfin Bride trilogy J