Next Big Thing Part 2: Hope Floats

I’ve been tagged by screenwriter and mystery novelist Jamie Livingston (aka Jamie Lee Scott) on the Next Big Thing blog tour.

Hope Floats coming in late December!
Hope Floats coming in late December!

Even better, she’s coming to OKC tomorrow to screen her first short film based on her screenplay, “No One Knows,” and I get to see her! The last time I saw her was in 2008 at the Romance Writers of America conference in San Francisco where we were roommates. See her Next Big Thing post here.

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:

What is the working title of your book?Hope Floats: Short Stories on Loss and Living On coming out at the end of December as an ebook exclusive.
Where did the idea come from for the book? — As I was going through story files, I realized I’d written several short stories that I hadn’t done anything with and they all featured the same thing – dealing with grief and trying to piece life together after. I had an idea for a fourth short story that deals with losing a loved one to suicide.
What genre does your book fall under? — Fiction: short stories and memoir (because I will have essays on grief in between the stories.)
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? I hadn’t thought of that but I had to pick a heroine for each of the short stories, I’d say:

“Snowflakes and Stones,” Moira would be Charlize Theron.
Marcy in “The New Year Box,” would be someone like Zooey Daeschanel, playing it serious.
In “The Happy Place,” it would be people like George Clooney and Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey).
For “Pockets of Hope,” I’d adore Joseph Gordon Levitt.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? — Four tales of people grappling with grief and finding their way to live on after loss.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? — Published by Buzz Books.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? — Since it was done in pieces, I’m not sure, but I try to write a short story first draft within a couple of weeks and then work on edits over a longer period of time.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I suppose more like literary essays or the feel of Joan Didion.
Who or What inspired you to write this book? — Each story was inspired by a friend’s grief or my own fear about it.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? –I suppose they would get a feel for my own psyche and how I’ve been changed by grief and often incorporate it in my stories. Hopefully they will find unity among the sadness and be left with a feeling of hope.
I’d like to gift Hope Floats to five readers on its launch day, so message me or leave a comment if you are interested in reading  and reviewing it. 
I’m tagging author Lucie Smoker (Distortion) so visit her site next week!


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