The Next Big Thing (And it’s all kinds of shades of Crimson!)

The closest I’ve ever come to participating in a blog hop was when I posted the 777 Excerpt.  That was fun, except I think I broke the rules and posted more than 7 lines because it would have ended in an odd spot.  That’s acceptable, right?  Besides, as you well know I’m not very good at following rules.  But now that I’m taking part in a new blog hop, I’ll do my best to do things to the letter.  You can grade me on this if you want.

This current blog hop is called The Next Big Thing, and it works like this:  a writer answers questions about his or her current book and then tags five writer friends.  These five friends tag five of their friends and so on and so on and so on.  (Sounds kind of like the old Wella Balsam commercials, doesn’t it?)  But then you get to click on all the links and find great new authors and new books to read, so everyone wins!

I consider myself tagged by Roni Loren who, instead of worrying about who to tag and who not to tag, tagged all the writers who read her Next Big Thing blog.  This is an efficient use of time and means you get to find all sorts of writers.  So here is my Next Big Thing.

What is the title of your book?

Crimson and Clover

Where did the idea come from for the book?

My obsession admiration for the British guitar gods of the 60s and 70s combined with the tales I heard from the rock bands I met and/or interviewed during my days in radio.  I knew if I mixed those two together I’d have a dynamite story!

What genre does your book fall under?

It’s strictly Historical Romance, but I think it needs its own category.  LOL  Maybe we can start a new subgenre and call it…oh, I don’t know….Tie-Dyed Romance? Sex Drugs & Rock ‘n Roll romance? Yeah, I like that last one best!

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

Well, I know who I’d choose to play Jay Carey, and he’s not an actor.  But I’d rather you use your imagination to see the characters in the way best for you.  So you choose!

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A free-spirited flower child with the heart of June Cleaver finds true love with a British guitar god in Swinging London.

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

Years.  I mean that.  It’s the first full length book I wrote, so I just plugged on until that first draft was done.  And then it took at least another year to cut half of it out and polish and re-write what was left.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Those rock acts I met and interviewed over the years. Most of them were used to giving formal interviews, so they only lets bits and pieces slip during those.  It was when the microphone was turned off and we were just hanging out that I heard the really juicy stuff!

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

Some of the things that happen in the book are based on true stories.  Which ones, you ask?  Heh.  I’ll never tell!

So, that’s it!  Crimson and Clover is out February 18th from Crimson Romance.  You can read an excerpt here.

And now for the tagging.  Guess what?  I’m breaking the rules again, because I’m going to tag only three writers.  But they’re great writers and they have great stories, and I’m going to bother them until they post their Next Big Things.  So go check out Traci Douglass, Debi Matlack and S A. Hussey, and don’t forget to jump over and read about Roni Loren’s Next Big Thing, too!

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