I have been tagged in The Next Big Thing a few times now, but a plea from the lovely Sarah Tranter for someone to pass the baton on to, well, I’m not very good at saying no, so here goes…
What is the title of your book?
Once Upon A … Secret
I’m hoping to write a ‘Once Upon A …’ trilogy based on the same character, spanning three decades.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
A variety of places really – reading different genres such as romance and thrillers, from films, television, the news – all these things have probably influenced my ideas to lesser or greater degrees. I suppose the nugget that started it all off, the theme if you like, was whether it is possible to love two people at the same time which then posed the question of whether you ever really know someone.
What genre does your book fall under?
Romantic suspense – I like to think of it as a bit of a thriller but in a girly way.
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a film version?
That’s a really hard question, one which I keep coming back to but haven’t come up with a definitive answer.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Having work shopped this recently with Julie Cohen, I would say …
Once Upon A … Secret is a romantic suspense novel about a woman who has to choose between the husband she thought was dead and the officer investigating his past criminal activities.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Undecided at this point, assuming I was lucky enough to be offered representation by an agency. There are, of course, advantages and disadvantages to both.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Erm … still writing.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I really couldn’t say – different people see different things in books.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I decided I would write what I enjoy reading.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?