Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Next Big Thing ... Blog Hop!

I think I'm the last stop for this edition of the blog hop ... if you've hopped this far, THANK YOU.

What is the working title of your book?

 A Captain for Laura Rose

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I was researching another book and came across a some information about a woman who was a well-known steamboat captain in the late 19th century. Intrigued, I began to research a bit more. When I found a photograph of her, I was surprised. She was lovely and petite—not at all the kind of woman I had pictured when I first read about her. That began the “what if” part of my musings, and answering the “what ifs” turned into a book proposal.
What genre does your book fall under?

Historical romance.

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

My characters ended up having a lot in common with the fictional Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler—at least that is the kind of romantic tension that plays between them, so it’s been hard for me to get beyond Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable when I think of a movie version.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Threatened with the loss of everything she holds dear, Laura Rose White is forced to ask for help from the last man on earth she would ever want to be beholding to.

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

I’m blessed to be represented by Janet Kobobel Grant of Books and Such Literary Agency. A Captain for Laura Rose will be published by FaithWords in the spring of 2014.

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

I was working on two books at once, so it’s hard to define that, but I generally like to have nine months to write a full length historical fiction novel.

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

  • romance ... 
  • steamboats ... 
  • post Civil War (1867) ... 
  • early St. Louis ...  
  • hoop skirts … 
  • and a dog named Logjam.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Favorite books for a 20-month old

This is short and sweet, but it's always fun to know what others are reading. In this case, the "reader" is only twenty months old, but he's passionate about books, and so I thought I'd share his current favorites.  If you have a toddler to encourage with books, these just might do the trick.