I’m The Next Big Thing! (No, Really :)
Laxmi Hariharan tagged me for the weekly meme of The Next Big Thing! The tagged author gets to answer ten questions. So here goes:
Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:
1. What is the working title of your book?
Half a House
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
I saw an episode of a wacky grandfather in my head. When I transcribed it to paper (okay to my laptop), the grandfather’s wife, even more eccentric, demanded to be let in. And what are grandparents without a grandson, right?
The grandparents also have an eccentric, correspondence-course taking friend. But all is not wacky in their world; the granddaughter is having problems with her in-laws.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
Despite how it sounds, this is not YA. It is the same genre (sort of) as my other book, Tell A Thousand Lies. Mainly women’s fiction, with some humor thrown in.
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
The movie is already playing in my head. I can see their faces, but can’t think of actors to play them. Not yet. Besides it is difficult to visualize a globally known character playing a sari-clad grandmother, don’t you think?
Having said that, I’m kind of partial to Dame Judy Dench.
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Gosh, I’m going to have to work on this.
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Self-published. I chose the same path for my first book despite having a publishing contract.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I wrote snippets involving the grandparents over four years ago. When my other novel demanded to be told, I set this aside.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
It is in the same genre as Khaled Hosseini’s or Vikram Seth’s books except their books are classier and, well, less wacky.
9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I Had A Dream.
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
That I don’t shy away from nutty characters?
Tag you’re it!