Blog Hop and WWW Wednesday (12-12-12)

My WWW Wednesday entry is at the bottom of this post, for those who are more interested in what I’m reading than what I’m writing.

I was invited to join in this blog hop by WP Admirer, whose post is here.  Thanks, Sarah! This is my first-ever blog hop!

The questions:

1) What is the title of your book?


2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

My muse had madcap heroines from the 20s/30s on her mind, I’m afraid, even though I was writing about a world firmly set in the (then) contemporary 90s. Before I knew it, speakeasies and flappers and romances of Christmases past were occupying my mind and the life of Paisley Vandermeir.

3) What genre does your book fall under?

Louise Brooks

Romance. It was meant to be a romantic comedy, and it definitely has those elements, but it ended up having a bittersweet poignancy as well, as Paisley deals with the death, bequests and scandals of her great-aunt.

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

Louise Brooks is the obvious choice, but alas, she is dead.

Jennifer Lawrence

So I’d go for Jennifer Lawrence, whose spin in Silver Linings Playbook is spot on perfect and has the kind of tough vulnerability (compounded by being downright weird) that I see in Paisley, even though the characters are very different from one another.

Also, even though she’s much too young, I definitely can see Susan Sarandon as the fiercely independent Aunt Isadora [aka Auntie Mame on acid]. I wrote a screen adaptation of this book in which Aunt Izzy comes back as a ghost and haunts Paisley in an attempt to make her do things she wants done. That was more fun than a bag of monkeys.

As for Chris–I don’t know. He just needs to be able to look charmingly befuddled, as if he doesn’t know what just hit him, splendid in a tux, and also be willing to fight like hell for love when he finds it.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

“All she needed was a safe little scandal, and he seemed as safe as they come. Oops.”

6) Was your book self-published or represented by an agency?

Represented by an agent in its print format. The digital edition available now was published by Book View Café. I’m currently looking for an agent who specializes in my current areas of writing interest, science fiction and fantasy.

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

Probably three months, though that was once I sold the proposal. Creating the idea, characters, proposal–that all takes more time than I can usually calculate because some of these things live in my head for years before I actually put them down on paper.

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

The fashion! Aunt Izzy left a magnificent couture wardrobe behind, and Paisley is having to let go of it one memory at a time.  I am not a fashionista, but I had so much fun researching this book!

And I had fun with this blog hop. Thanks, Sarah/WP Admirer for inviting me!

I’m tagging these terrific writers, all of whom have tales to tell!

Jeffrey A. Carver
Katharine Eliska “Cat” Kimbriel
Pati Nagle
Steven Harper Piziks
Deborah J. Ross

Now for WWW Wednesday. Again, this meme is from shouldbereading:


To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

• What are you currently reading?

I’m listening to The Twelve Clues of Christmas (A Royal Spyness Mystery) by Rhys Bowen. Yes, it’s set in the 30s. Do you detect a trend? It’s the newest book in a series of mysteries set between the wars in England. “Her ridiculously long name is Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, daughter to the Duke of Atholt and Rannoch. And she is flat broke. As the thirty-fourth in line for the throne, she has been taught only a few things, among them, the perfect curtsey…” Lots and lots of fun.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Khepera Rising, by Nerine Dorman. Horror… fantasy… not sure which it’s considered but it’s graphic, brutal, compelling, and I liked it a lot. Set in South Africa, and the first book I’ve read about that nation that wasn’t political. Nerine says, “Khepera Rising is my first novel, a tale following the doings of Cape Town-based black magician James Edward Guillaume. Themes in this work include drug abuse, religious intolerance, violence, magic, alternative cultures and sexuality.” Yep, that pretty much sums it up!

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I can never answer this question!

What about you? What have you been reading lately?  Put the link to your WWW Wednesday entry in comments, or just tell me!




Filed under Blog Hop, Blogging, Book Pooks Wrote, Book View Cafe, Books, Out of Paisley's Closet Contest, Reading, Romance, Scandalous, Writers, Writing, Writing Process, WWW Wednesday

20 responses to “Blog Hop and WWW Wednesday (12-12-12)

  1. Aunt Izzy is totally Auntie Mame on acid! Fun. I also need to put Khepera Rising on my TBR, it looks so great! My WWW this week

    • I wrote a screen adaptation of this book in which Aunt Izzy comes back as a ghost and haunts Paisley in an attempt to make her do things she wants done. That was more fun than a bag of monkeys.

  2. Ambrosia Jefferson

    What a fun www thank you 🙂

  3. Khepera Rising sounds incredibly interesting!
    Thanks for stopping by my WWW Wednesdays. If you decide to read The Host, I hope you enjoy it! I’m glad my review was helpful.
    Cinderella’s Secret Diary is the story of after the “happily ever after” to answer your question on my post. It’s unique and interesting and I recommend checking it out!
    Scandalous looks great. I like the cover.

    • I think we have some book interests in common, because now I want to follow up on yours! Thanks for sharing! And I love my cover, too. It’s my favorite, ever.

  4. I usually can’t answer the What will you read next? question either. That’s why I like series so much!

    Here’s mine:

    • I have several series that I just couldn’t wait for the next book–and now I have several “next books” that I still haven’t read. I can’t figure out my brain.

  5. Fun game, thanks! I really enjoyed reading Scandalous.

  6. denise

    Finished the Ballymuir trilogy, currently reading The Intercept by Dick Wolf (Law & Order) because it is an ARC and I owe it a review asap, not sure what I will read on my TBR…probably Sabrina Jeffries …

  7. I love the woman on the cover. And who can’t love a book with scandal in it?

  8. I love this cover – I’ve been seeing myself sweeping along in couture ever since I read the book! And Susan Sarandon would make an awesome Aunt Izzy!

    I need to try the Rhys Bowens, I can tell.

  9. Interesting books. It is hard to decide in advance what you’ll be reading, but I have a list of review books, so I usually go off that. Thanks for stopping by earlier. Happy reading.

    Katie ~ Turner’s Antics

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