My problem is that I’ve been writing like mad, but I’m totally fragmented. I’m working on #1) a sequel to my YA-Fantasy, LEGACY, titled Lexicon, which I hope to have polished to a high shine in December. And #2) I’ve also been working on my next cookbook, to follow A Texan in the Kitchen: Autumn Recipes. This one will be an entire volume of 45 soup recipes, just right for cold weather, although there are lighter, summer soups as well. Okay, we’re onto #3) and that would be a sequel to my Texas-based romantic suspense, BADLANDS. You see, I had a leftover hero and he stomped his boots, demanding his own story. So that one is in full swing and I’m running it through my critique group to be shredded and revised before offering it up to readers. And finally, #4…I’m actively writing the next romantic thriller set in the border/coastal area of south Texas. This is entitled BAD DREAMS, and I am neck-deep in this one. J
What is your working title of your book? Well, I’ve already answered that one: BAD DREAMS
Where did the idea come from for the book? It’s number 4 in a series, so it’s the characters who keep screaming in my little psychotic writer’s head. Well, I hear voices, so I must be crazy, right?
What genre does your book fall under? BAD DREAMS follows the other Romantic Thrillers in the series entitled The Edge of Texas.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? There are so many yummy Hispanic actors, but Rafael, my hero is younger, so it would have to be someone as smooth as Antonio Banderas and as badass as Javier Bardem…but younger. Is that possible? My heroine, Chloe, could be any pretty actress who has a lot of grit, because she is not a pushover. Speaking of not a pushover, there is also Darla and Mike from BAD VIBES continuing into this book.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Rafael buys Chloe her dream house, an old Victorian, but a murderous ghost doesn't want his secrets unearthed and turns her dream into a nightmare.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? All of my books are independently published. I like not having filters between me and the readers. I guess if a door-to-door publisher knocked, I would open the door, and I am open to sub rights deals on my novels.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? I’m still writing the first draft. It will be a NaNo (National Novel Writing Month) novel. I have written a complete novel every November since 2007, so I can’t quit now. It’s quite exciting to think that thousands of people all around the world are writing their little fingers to the bone, virtually right alongside me.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? That’s easy! The first 3 books in the series: BAD MEDICINE, BAD KARMA and BAD VIBES.
Who or what inspired you to write this book? I take most of my cues from my readers. Readers clamored for Darla, the lone female deputy, to have her own story. She’s such an awesome character, I had to find a special man for her, and so Federal Agent Mike Burke came to town in BAD VIBES. Likewise, readers told me they loved Chloe and Rafael (from BAD MEDICINE but they are the thread running through all the story lines) and wanted another book devoted to them. Chloe has an unknown psychic ability which appeared in BAD MEDICINE, but she didn't know what was happening. Now, she and Rafael know that she gets “these feelings”, but have no idea how far-reaching her abilities are.
What else about your book might pique the reader's interest? There is a deep, intense love story involved and there is a scary and deadly threat so people who like mystery/suspense and romantic suspense should be intrigued. As always, I have to insert my own snarky sense of humor.
That’s all for me. Be sure to check out the writers I tagged to share The Next Big Thing next week: