Safkhet Publishing ~ Summer Reads

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

The Next BIG thing!

Happy Wednesday everyone!
Last week I was tagged by talented author and promo queen, Mandy Baggot, to take part in THE NEXT BIG THING! I wasn’t quite sure I was ready to reveal my big thing, but I’m going to give it a go. The idea is to answer ten questions about my Work In Progress and then tag other writers to bare all. So, without further ado, and sparing no blushes… ta-dah …here I go!
• What is the working title of your next book?
I have two WIPs (you knew I’d be awkward, didn’t you?).  Sooo, which one?  Um, Learning to Love, I think. It is very much a working title, but reflects the theme of the story, which centres around love and trust issues.
• Where did the idea come from for the book?
Now there’s a question.  My ideas tend to grow from feelings evoked by life events.  My main female lead is a mother of two teenagers and a toddler.  She also has her slightly dotty mother living with her and finds herself doing battle with her partner when she wants to change her career.  Her partner seems dead-set against it, reminding her how many balls she’s already juggling.  We learn, though, that he has other reasons, secrets he’s not sharing with her and which have devastating consequences.
My male protagonist, a doctor, has recently moved into the village – where no one knows him, ergo there’s no fuel for neighbourhood gossip – to start afresh with is eight year old son, if only he can get to a place where his son wants to speak to him. His son is grieving the loss of his mother and Dr Gorgeous (yes, he is) doesn’t know how to reach him, or help him.  Where does he start when he’s been an absentee father – and his son blames him for the death of his mother?
The village drums soon start beating, fuel aplenty when it turns out someone does know him – the woman carrying his baby.
• What genre does your book fall under?
Now, I know it doesn’t sound like it is, but the story is most definitely a romantic comedy.  I simply can’t write without looking at life’s little mishaps, along with the quirky side of people’s characters, and bringing humour into play.
• What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Ben Affleck.  Can’t help myself.  Dr Gorgeous is typically tall, dark and handsome, moody and broody.  I’m desperate to see Ben Affleck in Terrence Malick’s film, To the Wonder, despite conflicting reviews. Or Ewan McGregor, he plays moody and broody beautifully. I’m torn.  Actually, I’d be hard pushed to turn either of them down.
Female lead? Ooh, decisions. My all time fave female leads are Sandra Bullock and Julia Roberts. I think either would be a match for our ‘hero’.
• What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Separation, arson, attempted murder; bereavement – can two broken hearts overcome such trauma and learn how to love again?
• Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Published – by Safkhet Publishing, if they love it enough. Pleeeease love it!
• How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I’m currently writing it, so that’s a difficult one.  A first draft can take about six months, depending on other commitments: work, life, family…  I may run away from home!  I do usually rewrite (sometimes twice) and then there are edits, so I reckon about a year to write a book to the point where I feel it’s as good as it can be.
• What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I’m not sure I can compare the story with other books I’ve read. As mentioned, family dynamics play a big part in my writing, however, and I was originally inspired by Marika Cobbold, who often has family issues running through her wonderful stories.  I love Katie Fforde’s style of writing, too, and suspect I hold her in mind when writing. I’ve recently read Julie Cohen’s, Getting Away With It, a fabulous story that centres around family and sibling issues. I’ve also read D I Ingram’s, Angel Girls, which looks at family issues (fabulously realistically) and my current read is The Cornish House by Liz Fenwick, which is totally my sort of read, and, again, looks at the sometimes thorny issues surrounding family. 
• Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I think I’ve part-answered that above.  In truth, though, women everywhere inspire me to write, the problems and issues we juggle on a daily basis. People in general and the events life might throw at us, which we’re often ill-quipped to deal with.
• What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Dr Gorgeous (Daniel Adams). He starts out as seemingly aloof and arrogant, a surly, self-centred Casanova sort.  But would such a man risk his life to save a family in peril and then offer them refuge under his roof?  Would such a man hug his eight-year old son to his chest and cry with him, hot tears of anguish?
The writers I am tagging are:-

Nell Dixon

Anneli Purchase

Debra E Ingram

Sophie E Tallis

I can’t wait to read about their latest WIPs!
Sheryl J xx


Mandy said...

You're a busy bee too then Sheryl! Love the sound of Daniel Adams! YUM!

Sheryl said...

Me too, Mandy. He looks the part, doesn't he? Haw, haw! Thanks for stopping my, sweetie. :) xx

Nicky Wells said...

Oooh that sounds right up my street. Might get some pointers on village life too--still adjusting to this new reality myself. Of course it's a romcom, Sheryl, you have a knack of seeing the funny side in everything, that's why we love you!!! X Congrats, and can't wait. Thanks for sharing! XX

Sheryl said...

Sometimes you just have to look on the bright side, Nicky - or you'd go gaga! Thanks so much for stopping by! :) xx

KimatSafkhet said...

Sheryl, thank you for the suspense! You are torturing me, lovely :), slap an ISBN on it and get it out there! ahhhhhhhh!

Linn B Halton said...

Oooh, love the thought of Dr Gorgeous! Great choice too ... Ben has a sparkle! Great fun, always love visiting your blog, never know what you're up to!

Melanie said...

Can't wait to read it, Sheryl!

Janice Horton said...

Hot tears of anguish - okay, stop there - you got me. And Dr Gorgeous, yup, you got me there too!

Janice xx

Sheryl said...

Aw, Kim! I missed your comment because I was busy making sure my first chaps were right before sending! Will do! You can slap me with an ISBN anytime! Yay! :) xx

Sheryl said...

Oh, Ben does have sparkle, Linn. Not to mention S-E-X appeal. Shhhh! :) xx

Sheryl said...

Thanks, Melanie!

Janice, that bit got me, too. You know, when characters do something spontaneously, but it fits with the plot? Dr Gorgeous had my heart flowing over and my eyes filling up, right then. :) xx