Next Big Thing – Or so they tag me…

So I have been tagged by Mary Thornell over at The Bottle Imp. Being tagged as The Next Big thing means I have to answer questions about my Work In Progess (the story I’m currently writing). Think of it like an interview, except I’m interviewing myself….to be honest, I talk to myself quite a lot so it shouldn’t really make much of a difference.

Without further ado:

What is the working title of your book?

Miss Rotherham – though that is rather dull, I should think of another.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I’d just finished a rather emotionally serious Regency Romance and wanted to write more of a rollicking, jokes and japes sort of read, thus, Miss Rotherham was born. Well, she is about four-and-twenty when the book happens so I suppose she wasn’t born then but…I’m getting distracted…

Along with a generally hilarious plot-line where my characters are constantly getting into sticky situations and out again by the skin of their teeth, I also wanted a heroine who was flawed but plucky. Miss Rotherham, the name of the book and my main character, is a once jilted, average looking woman who speaks before she thinks (a lot like me) and despite sometimes making the wrong decisions, she ultimately knows what is right and pulls on her serious-hat when needed.

Of course, the serious-hat does fall slightly asquew when she is faced with certain situations, such as her ex-fiance’s reappearance in her life, a gazetted fortune hunter targeting her highly-strung younger sister and getting herself engaged twice by mistake.

What genre does your book fall under?

It is, as ever, a Regency Romance.

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

Ooo, I’m not sure. Now usually I’m good at this, but you see, whilst the manuscript is still pre-revision, my characters are only fuzzy outlines in my mind’s eyes (yes, my mind has two). In all honesty, I’m not sure I ever have specific actors in mind unless I’m writing my fantasy stories (and guess what? That’s a whole other story!!!)

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Yes, I just got side-tracked for twenty-minutes trawling through Google images.

Heroine – Emily Blunt

Hero – Michael Fassbender

The best friend – Jack Davenport

The evil fortune hunter would be played by – Tom Hiddleston

And there are so many more characters but I can’t be bothered to find their associated actors – I’m not even sure I agree with the ones I myself picked!

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Julia Rotherham must keep her younger sister out of trouble, fend off fortune hunters, pretend to be engaged and stop an elopement, all while keeping the man who jilted her at arms length  – but out of all her tasks, it’s the keeping Wolversley at arms length that’s proving difficult…

(Okay, I cheated with two sentences but that hyphen coulda’ fooled you eh?)

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

Hopefully published straight through a publishing house.

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

3 months.

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

Janet Mullany’s Improper Relations & Rules of Gentility

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Myself a little – not in a big headed way, the opposite actually. I am all too often doing and saying the wrong things (my husband would tell you), I thought it would be funny to write a heroine like that.

I’m a Christian so I quite often get my plot ideas whilst I’m praying too!

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

Aside from the wit, the characters and the hazardous events? Not much really.

If you want a read of the VERY ROUGH first chapter click here.

Now, as is my duty after being tagged and writing the above, I hereby tag the following authors as the Next Big Thing:

  1. Maria Grace
  2. Shawn Lamb
  3. TBA

Guidelines for being The Next Big Thing:

Rules of The Next Big Thing

***Use this format for your post

***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress)

***Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:

What is the working title of your book?

Where did the idea come from for the book?

What genre does your book fall under?

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

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

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

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

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

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

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

Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged.

Published by Philippa Jane Keyworth

Philippa Jane Keyworth, known to her friends as Pip, has been writing since she was twelve in every notebook she could find. Originally trained as a horse-riding instructor, Philippa went on to become a copywriter before beginning a degree in History. A born again Christian, Philippa lives in the south of England with her handsome husband. Philippa has always written stories and believes that, since it is one of her loves and passions, she always will. In her early writing career, she dabbled in a variety of genres, but it was the encouragement of a friend to watch a film adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice that began her love affair with the British Regency. Since then, she has watched every Regency film and TV series she could get her hands on and become well acquainted with Georgette Heyer's novels which gave her the inspiration to write her own. Both as a reader and a writer, Philippa believes it is important to escape into a world you yourself would want to live in. This is why she writes stories that will draw you into the characters' joys and heartaches in a world apart from our own. Her debut novel, The Widow's Redeemer (Madison Street Publishing, 2012), is a traditional Regency romance bringing to life the romance between a young widow with an indomitable spirit and a wealthy viscount with an unsavory reputation. The novel has been received well by readers and reviewers who have praised the heartfelt story and admirable characters. Her second novel, The Unexpected Earl (Madison Street Publishing, 2014), explores another romance in the Regency era when an impetuous young woman has her life turned upside down by the reappearance of the earl who jilted her six years ago. So, what are you waiting for? Get swept away into another time with characters you will learn to love, and experience the British Regency like never before.

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