I was blog tagged by Mary L. Ball who was invited to participate in The Next Big Thing! with Lynette Sofras. So here we go…the answers pertain to my soon-to-be-released novel, The Rising (Pelican Book Group, 2013)

What is the working title of your book? The Rising 

Where did the idea come from for the book? Believe it or not, I was grocery shopping at that big chain store, you know the one with roll back prices, and somewhere between the frozen food section and the coffee isle, I thought what would happen if…

What genre does your book fall under? Inspirational mystery

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Let’s see…I’ve always imagined Ashley Greene as Ellie and Eduardo Verastegui as Jesse. Google him – he’s gorgeous!

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Can a dead child that isn’t dead show a detective who’s lost her hope the way back?

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I’m very honored to say it’s being published by the wonderful Pelican Book Group.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? About nine months. Same as giving birth to a baby!

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Not really sure. I’ve been told it’s kind of edgy?

Who or What inspired you to write this book? I have nine grandchildren all clumped together in close age range and they speak so much truth. They seldom hold back, especially the younger ones. They don’t understand inhibition so they say what’s on their minds. They keep me in stitches and can also make me cry with their sweetness and honesty. We can learn so much from a child. We just have to be still and listen, much like listening to God.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? It has romance, suspense, action, and a great sidekick names Jesse. He was supposed to be a minor character but nearly took over! I kept telling him it was Ellie’s story, not his.
Thanks so much for dropping by! I do hope you’ll come back and visit again. And now I’m going to pass the baton to these five great authors. I hope you’ll check out their blogs, too.