The Next Big Thing-Carbone Style

A week ago I got a request from Jan Kozlowski, a long time friend and old NECon roommate, asking me to participate in The Next Big Thing, a revolving blog.  In short, you answer some interview questions and at the end, tag five other writers who will write their blog the next week, and so on. I’m not sure how many revolutions it’s made but it’s been hard to find five people who haven’t been tagged. It showed me how small our community is. I have three to promote formally who will blog next week. Hopefully they can find five for their assignment and post on Dec 5th.

1) What is the title of your next book/work? My working title is My Name is Marnie, but that could change.

2) Where did the idea come from for the book/work? I started this for last year’s NANOWRIMO competition. I didn’t get very far into it so continued this year. I didn’t have an idea in mind so made a brainstorming sheet and dug out my Writer’s Toolbox to spark some sensory images.

3) What genre does your book/work fall under? Paranormal mystery.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?  Claire Danes would make a great lead for Marnie, who spends most of the book hauntingly confused.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? A young pregnant widow flees to a cottage in an unfamiliar town to clear her head, only to be greeted by the spirit of a sad little girl who pulls her into a tragic forgotten past.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Neither. It will be published by a new small publisher out of California, Shadowridge Press.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?It’s still in process but should be done in a few days. Including last year’s failed attempt, all told it will be about 45 days start to finish for the VERY rough first draft.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? A Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie is the closest one that come to mind.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book? I can’t think of a specific event. There were just a lot of ideas in my head that came together for this story. I didn’t have a true outline, though halfway through I made a Word Table to help me figure out the mystery. Even as I roll into the end though, I’m not sure what will happen. I didn’t write this book, the characters did.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest? It’s a haunting tale of a widow on the edge of madness, in a small cottage in winter, but it’s also a story about recovery and working through a horrific and forgotten childhood. It’s about sisterhood, facing demons, and learning to be strong.

And now for my three tagged friends: 

ROB WATTS  is an author and custom stainless steel designer. His recent book and soundtrack CD “CRABAPPLES” (Ocean View Press) was released in November of 2012 and is volume two in a four-volume suspense series called “The Crooked Roads through Cedar Grove.” He currently works and resides in Boston, MA.

JOHN GROVER is a fiction author specializing in horror, fantasy and sci-fi residing in Massachusetts. He completed a creative writing course at Boston’s Fisher College and is a member of the New England Horror Writers Association. He is also an amateur photograph, cook, gardener, music lover, animal lover and blogger. He is endlessly curious, loves learning new things and is always looking for the occasional haunted house to investigate.
 Some of his more recent credits include stories in Best New Werewolf Tales Vol 1 by Books of the Dead Press, The Epitaphs Anthology by The New England Horror Writers, The Northern Haunts Anthology by Shroud Publishing, and The Zombology Series by Library of the Living Dead Press.
He is the author the new fantasy series Song of the Ancestors and the recently released Frozen Stiff: A Zombie Novella for Amazon Kindle as well as various chapbooks, anthologies, and more.

 LOIS GRESH is the New York Times Best-Selling Author (6 times), Publishers Weekly Best-Selling Paperback Author, Publishers Weekly Best-Selling Paperback Children’s Author, and editor of 27 books and 50 short stories. Her books have been published in approximately 20 languages. Current books are dark short story collection ELDRITCH EVOLUTIONS, DARK FUSIONS (editor), and THE HUNGER GAMES COMPANION. Lois has received Bram Stoker Award, Nebula Award, Theodore Sturgeon Award, and International Horror Guild Award nominations for her work.