The Next Big Thing blog

Good morning,

I was invited to participate in the Next Big Thing blog series by Lyndi Lamont, who posted last week about her Victorian at Lyndi’s Love Notes: Short Link:
 Let me share a few bits about my work in progress.

What is your working title of your book?

            Mirror Images

Where did the idea come from for the book? 

I’ve always wanted to write a book with twins, ones with vastly different personalities, and how confusion over one’s identity could have bad consequences for the other.

What genre does your book fall under?

In order for the bad consequences to really play out, the setting would need to be historical—when driver’s licenses and passports weren’t available to prove one’s identity. So, this story starts in 1872 New York City but quickly moves to a small town in Wyoming.

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

Emma Stone for the heroine because I love the spunk she portrays on screen; Josh Dallas (Charming on TV’s Once Upon A Time) for his blond good looks and horsemanship

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Can an ex-burlesque dancer make a new start as a frontier schoolteacher, or will a novelist’s curiosity in researching his next story uncover her shameful secret?

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

This book will be submitted to one of the three publishers where I currently have stories. (see website)

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

 I started this for my NaNoWriMo project but was in the middle of revisions/edits with four separate stories and so only have two chapters finished at this time.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

My stories usually include humorous incidents along with historical events, and so I like to compare my books to Stef Ann Holm’s Americana novels like Crossings, Weeping Angel or Portraits.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Research for a previous book revealed the uniqueness of Wyoming Territory in that women were granted the vote before statehood was achieved. I wanted to incorporate that fact into a story and see how women’s voices needed to be recognized.

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

While the hero is a lawyer, he’s also a dime novelist and writes about his adventures in the Wyoming gold rush fields near South Pass City, WY. The heroine danced in burlesque shows in NY before becoming a teacher and is deathly afraid that fact will come to light.

PRIZES: I will draw two names from those who post a comment on this blog and give away 2013 The Wild Rose Press calendars.

Next week, the following authors will be posting information on their works in progress and I hope you will follow their blogs.

Willa Blair

Patricia W. Fischer

Lupe Gonzalez

Katherine Grey

Babette James



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