The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Jan 2, 2013 by

There is a blog hop going on now, called The Next Big Thing. I’m not sure where it started, but it seems to be a way for writers to talk about what their next work is, and to tag other writers for them to write blog posts. Well, you all know how very much I love writing blog posts (see the date of the last one) but J.P. Barnaby tagged me for it so I guess I’m stuck. (Smooches!!)

Here’s what she has to say about the blog hop. She puts things much more succinctly than I ever could:

There are the books everyone has heard about: Twilight, Hunger Games, & Fifty Shades of…What was that again?. But what about all those books written by people you’ve never heard of or only kind of heard of? Some of them are treasures, just waiting to be found, and that’s what this blog hop is all about: the books you might not have heard about, but that you might end up loving.

I’m supposed to tag five more writers but the few I actually know have already been tagged, so the hop—at least this branch of it—ends here. Fortunately, they do supply the questions, and so I get to talk about my latest brainchild, which I submitted to Dreamspinner yesterday.

I actually have three other things in progress, ranging from Illumination (formerly Going Like Elsie) that’s contracted but needs rewrites, to a science fiction thing with AIs and space pirates and genetically engineered monsters tentatively titled On Ariadne Station, to the New Orleans ghost story that I’ve hauled out of mothballs to see if I can fix. But this one is off my desk, at least for a while, so I can talk about it. And so I do:

What is the working title of your next book?

Love, Like Water. It’s inspired by a song by Tito el Bambino, a salsa/reggaeton singer.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I love New Mexico, and horses, and angst. And as usual, I wrote lots of angst.

I love cowboys, too; at least the classical archetype: quiet, strong, independent. I needed someone like that who could counterbalance a bright star that’s been shattered. So when Joshua started talking to me, I tried to think of someone who could handle him, and that’s where I found Eli.

What genre does your book fall under?

M/M Romance, contemporary. There are cowboys in it, but it’s not strictly a cowboy story.

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

Um, Tyler Hoechlin for Joshua, the broken FBI agent. He’s got the right dark broody looks. Eli’s more like the young Sam Elliott. I can’t really think of a present-day young actor who fits the quintessential cowboy persona like Sam Elliott did back in the 80’s. And Eli is completely a cowboy.

But possibly if Heath Ledger were still alive, at his age he might have been a good fit for Eli.

What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?

Eek. I had a hard enough time keeping the synopsis to two pages. Um…  Horse rescuer rescues broken FBI agent?

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

It’s in the hands of the gods—or at least submitted to Dreamspinner Press. I don’t have an agent, and self publishing is too much work!

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

Three months—the shortest I’ve ever done a novel. But it also required the most rewriting, so I think I wrote it too fast. For me, anyway. I’m a plodder when it comes to writing.

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

None, because there are some SERIOUSLY good horse-related stories out there. It does have some similarity to my Finding Zach, because one of the MCs is definitely broken and needs therapy. I seem to have a thing for shrinks.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

The stark, austere beauty of the New Mexico desert.  I’d been wanting to set a book there since my first visit in 2010 (the week before Finding Zach came out). Then last year, when they announced that GayRomLit would be held in Albuquerque, I decided that was enough of a sign for me!

What else about your book might interest the reader?

It might have a sequel? Not sure yet, but there are two young characters that I really like, and one of them I met on my first visit to Albuquerque, while visiting Taos. His name is Jesse. He plays a minor role in Love, Like Water.

When I met him, I promised myself a story, and I think I know what it will be about.

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