It’s the NEXT BIG THING Blog Hop
What is the next big thing blog hop? It is a personal way to introduce or reintroduce readers to authors and their writing. So many new books are available. Considering the last decade’s rumor of the impending demise of the printed word—this is great news. More and more—we all love a good read.
I’ve been tagged by Laura Parker Castoro, who has provided moving historical romance books for decades. “Crossing the Line” and “The New Lu” are among my favorities. With over thirty-nine published books, in 15 different languages, and tons of awards, (including the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame Award in 2005) she is a leader for the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow and a phenomenal teacher. http://www.lauracastoro.com/
My path to prose writing has come through songwriting and writing about songwriter performers in a quarterly newsletter. For the last decade I’ve participated with a writing group that meets every other Thursday. This year my first collection of short stories is published. I’ve tagged some new authors at the end of this post. Please check them out.
Here are the questions:
- What is the working title of your book? “Flights of Fancy”. With a first name of Crow I couldn’t resist the imagery. Also, the book is a collection of short stories, essays, memoir, novella and other pieces—each a flight of fancy.
- Where did the idea come from for the book? I’m boggled by the number of fascinating people and adventures that have crossed my days. From India to Texas, Arkansas…to sleeping in an abandoned car in Gibraltar. From vagabond musicianship to eco-touring in South America, I love making up stories laced with smatterings of reality and vice versa.
- What genre does you book come under? The publisher, Mockingbird Lane Press, came up with a genre where I fit— “Southern Weird”.
- Which actors would you choose to play your characters in movie adaptation? Each of the twenty-three stories would call for a different cast. Among the more outrageous characters is Madame Butterfly , a professional female impersonator, owner of Puccini’s Theater Bar and Grill, and single father. Johnny Depp would do a great job. He’s got that come here, go away thing going.
- What is the one-sentence logline/description of your book? “These marvelous stories are about everyday people leading not so everyday lives…” Lucinda Williams, Grammy winning Recording Artist and Songwriter.
- Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency? Mockingbird Lane Press is an independent publisher recently established in Arkansas.
- How long did it take you to write the first draft? Ten years, on and off.
- What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? O’Henry, Poe, Welty.
- Who or what inspired you to write this book? A very exciting, colorful, and adventurous life.
- What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? As a touring singer/songwriter, I told stories in songs. In prose writing there are dimensions to explore that are unavailable in a three minute song.
Below you will find the authors I am tagging to join the blog hop. Please book mark them and cheer their news and new releases.
Radine Trees Nehring http://radine.wordpress.com/
Crescent Dragonwagon http://dragonwagon.com/blogs/
Alison Moore www.ridersontheorphantrain.org
Ann Hood http://annhood.blogspot.com/