GUTGAA Questionnaire, Next Big Thing Challenge Questionnaire, and Coyote Con

Gearing up to Get an Agent is on!

I'm quite late in my meet 'n' greet post, but here I am:

Where do you write? Anywhere I can carry my notebook and pen!

Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see? Well, I don't really have a writing space. But I type on the computer. And I tend to have a cat draped on it...

Favourite time to write? If I can, all day. Otherwise, I love getting morning pages written as it makes me feel as though I've accomplished something before the day has even started.

Drink of choice while writing? Lattes!

When writing, do you listen to music or do you need complete silence? I love listening to music. I make lots of YouTube playlists for when my CDs or LPs aren't available.

What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it? Another dream - I've been very lucky with my dreams this past year. Fred and Lyne's story all started with a dream of a man and a woman in a room in the depths of the cave. I knew who was searching for them beyond the closed door, and I knew that Fred had been transformed from a Beast. The rest I had to discover while writing... Now I'm typing up the draft (ROW80!) but it's going very slowly.

What's your most valuable writing tip? Write every day! The more you make all aspects of writing a habit, the easier the words flow.

Carol Spradling tagged me in the Next Big Thing Challenge! I've got to answer the ten questions about my current wip, but actually, I'm going to focus on Out of the Water, since it's out on queries.

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing

What is the working title of your book? Out of the Water

Where did the idea come from for the book? When I learned that Jews had been exiled from Spain in the same year that Columbus set sail from that country - exploration and discovery led by the same country/monarchs who were expelling an entire nation

What genre does your book fall under? Historical romance

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Anyone who has my characters' faces!

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Not a complete synopsis but here's how the pitch starts: After she becomes separated from her family as they flee their Spanish homeland - and the Inquisition - the last thing eighteen-year-old Rosa expects to find is love.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I'm hoping for an agent!

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? The first draft? Maybe six months. Then came the editing...

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Well now... I'm not sure... I've purposely been avoiding novels set in the same time frame. Does anyone else do this?

Who or What inspired you to write this book? The Cherry Hill Writers' Houseparty!

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? It travels the Mediterranean! It's steamy! And sweet! There are adventures in Constantinople!

These questions are open to everyone - tag yourself if you wish.

Coyote Con is coming! An online convention celebrating all flavours and blends of Science fiction, fantasy, horror, and romance. Get in on the fun before Virtual Surrey starts!


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