Who Is “The Next Best Thing”?
I seldom accept awards, and I don’t often write about writing. I am breaking both rules today, because Lisa Kramer from Woman Wielding Words nominated me for The Next Best Thing Award.
It’s a writing award, indicative of a belief on behalf of the nominator that the recipient will be the next best thing in writing. If I can get my freaking next best thing published by
a publisher who will gamble a traditional publisher willing to make an investment, I will be happy with whatever happens.
This is an award for writers who are working on books, though one of mine should be if she is not. It is my duty to nominate five people.
Tori Nelson Young, The Ramblings Lisa nominated Tori, too, but I don’t care. I know Tori is working on a book, though I am convinced she has a World Book Encyclopedia of novels in her.
Kate Shrewsday Kate, if you are NOT working on a book, I and I-don’t-know-how-many-people-who-read-this-blog think you should be. I cannot count how many times I have heard “Yeah, I read your blog today, Andra, but KATE’S…….” And, I always agree with them.
Jessie Powell, The Jester Queen Jessie is working on at least two books that I know of, though she has a bazillion in her. I love, love, love her writing. Her fiction always surprises in an effortlessly dark way.
Susan Sheldon Nolen Susan has already submitted her book, and I am waiting with baited breath to hear the results. Both her blog and her photography teach me more about my own country and about England, both places I love.
Aquatom Tom is working on a book. Or, his personalities are working on a bunch of books together. I don’t know which, but I love his writing, and I cannot wait to see what he does with his project.
About my current project:
What is the title of your Work in Progress?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
A family story + a life-long obsession with a character and place from history.
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Main Male – Brad Pitt
Main Female – Breakout Child Star Female – one of those Kirsten Dunst/Anna Paquin moments
Main Male – Harry Connick Jr.
Supporting Actress – Angelina Jolie
Supporting Actress – Kathy Bates
Supporting Actor – Robert Duvall
Supporting Actor – Philip Seymour Hoffman
Supporting Actor – Zac Efron (in two roles)
Supporting Actor – Morgan Freeman
Supporting Actor – Mandy Patinkin
Supporting Actress – Gabourey Sidibe
Supporting Actor – Harrison Ford
Supporting Actress – Shirley MacLaine
Because, you know, if I’m going to dream…………………..
What is a one-sentence synopsis of the book?
She’s tracing her future; can he erase his past?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I will try for traditional publishing first.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
What other books would you compare this story to in your genre?
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
A family legend crossed with a life-long love of both a character and a place that deserves just celebration.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I’ve written teasers on this blog. A little girl who has mommy issues. A man who can’t seem to die. An atmospheric Southern place, one of the oldest things we have as Americans.
You figure it out.