Bronwyn Stuart tagged me on her blog hop, the Next Big Thing. How it works is I spill the beans on her next tome and then proceed to tell you about my next big thing. Fun, eh?
I met Bronwyn at a South Australian Romance Authors meeting when I was still getting to grips with the romance industry terminology - some of it sounded like a foreign language to my ears!
Bronwyn’s next book, Behind the Courtesan, comes out April 2013 with Carina Press. It’s about a woman called Sophia who ran away from home at the tender age of 14 after being savagely raped by the then Duke. When her brother asks her to attend the birth of his first child, she decides it’s time to go home and face the demons of her past… and the men she left behind. Check out Bronwyn's fab site. Okay, here goes for my next big thing (deep breath)…
What is the title of your next book? Second Chance. A friend dubbed the story a “Hot Tub Time Machine for girls”. There’s time travel via a malfunctioning mobile phone, love – and comedy!
Where did the idea come from for this book? Nostalgia for my youth maybe! Scarily, it’s been more than 20 years since the start of the ‘90s (get the calculator out Gen-Zers hehe) and that means there’s been a lot of nostalgia floating about. Boy bands like Boyz II Men and the New Kids have been doing comeback tours, nineties fashion like midriff tops have been having a resurgence, and nineties movies a la Total Recall are being remade. It’s no longer so daggy to confess you’re a nineties kid at heart.
What genre does your book fall under? Romantic comedy.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? For once I didn’t dream up celebrity matches for all my characters, but I did imagine the lead’s ex, who she attempts to win back, like a young Freddie Prinze Jr. and her sister like Jennifer Love Hewitt (very ‘90s!).
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? It’ll be with Penguin’s digital-first imprint, Destiny Romance, out February 2013! (Cover to come, too.)
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? I think it was about six months in between working, other edits and life in general!
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? After writing it, I went on a cruise ship holiday and found this book by Megan Crane called I Love the 80s in the library. In it, a freak accident sends the protagonist back to 1987. I love the ‘80s, too. Megan’s a girl after my own heart!
Who or what inspired you to write this book? I think it was being in my thirties and realising that where I am now in life is all to do with the paths I chose in my youth. In it, the lead gets a second chance to alter three major turning points in her life… but will it make her life today better?
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? There’s a lot of '90s song references in there – and just ‘90s references in general, if you like that kind of thing...
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