The Next Big Thing

My friend and awesome Entangled author Robin Bielman tagged me to participate in The Next Big Thing blog hop, and answer a few questions about my latest story. Before we get to that though, jump over to Robin’s site at http://robinbielman.com/blog/ to read about her Next Big Thing. While you’re there, check out her debut novel, WORTH THE RISK which came out in April to rave reviews! Easily one of my top five reads of 2012. Okay, on to The Next Big Thing:

What is your working title of your book?

Library-Books

I’m calling the darn thing DUMB BLONDE.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Partially from my gutter-mind, which couldn’t help pondering the, (in my case), completely fictional question: “What would happen if you got caught skinny dipping in your hot neighbor’s pool?” Partially from a terrific book called LEARNING TO BREATHE by Priscilla Warner, (one of the authors of THE FAITH CLUB), in which she details her lifelong struggle with panic attacks. She approached this very heavy subject with humor and courage and I took a lot of inspiration from her journey.

What genre does your book fall under?

Contemporary category romance … little bit of humor, heaping dose of heart and a whole lotta sexy!

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

For my hero, I call dibs on Colin Egglesfield (Google him, girls. You’ll be glad you did). For my heroine, I can totally picture Emma Stone.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Can an introverted, nervous-by-nature children's book author find love with her gorgeous new neighbor, a high-profile media personality who renders her speechless just by saying, “Hello?”

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

My Magic 8 Ball says “Ask Again Later.” We’ll see what the query letters reveal.

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

About four months. Now the second draft …

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

Hmm. To try my hand at playing the Amazon algorithm … If you liked Jill Shalvis’ HEAD OVER HEELS you might also enjoy DUMB BLONDE.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Talking with a group of friends and discovering nearly every one of us had, directly or indirectly, dealt with panic attacks or social anxiety. Not surprising, really, because according to the Internet, (my trusted source for all things), approximately 15 million Americans suffer from social anxiety disorder. I realized almost everyone could relate, at some level.

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

Did I mention the whole lotta sexy?

And now, for the cherry on the cake of my blog, here are the five amazing, talented, holy sh*t, I can’t believe these ladies agreed to participate in a blog hop with me (!), authors who will post their projects on Wednesday, December 12: Robin Covington – Entangled Publishing’s Indulgence line released her bestselling debut novel, A NIGHT OF SOUTHERN COMFORT, earlier this year. If you’re like me, you can not wait to hear what she’s got in store for us next! Check her Burning Up the Sheets blog next Wed. at http://robincovingtonromance.com/burning-up-the-sheets/.

Karen Erickson – Busy, busy girl! Karen currently writes for Samhain Publishing, Entangled Publishing’s Bliss and Brazen Imprints and Avon Impulse. Her latest release, an Entangled Bliss titled, JANE’S GIFT, captured my attention with a beautiful, sweet holiday cover, but it landed on my Kindle after I read the blurb. Christian Nelson may be my new favorite hero. Seriously. Hit her blog on Wed., December 12th to see what she’s bringing us next. http://karenerickson.blogspot.com/. Lisa Kessler – Award-winning short-story writer, musician, and author of Entangled’s popular Night Walker series, Lisa hooked me hard with her NIGHT THEIF novella. Bedtime came and went while I powered through that book! I know she’s got a new one in the works. Hop over to Lisa’s Lair next Wed. at http://lisakessler.wordpress.com/ to see if she’ll give us a tease.

Jennifer Probst – MARRIAGE BARGAIN. Need I say more? But if the Marriage to a Billionaire series is all you know of this New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, it’s time to dive deeper. She pens sexy contemporary romances. She weaves erotic tales. She writes family-friendly stories. Frankly, she could release an analysis of the federal tax code and I’d read it. But what’s she working on next? Hop on her blog next Wed. at http://jenniferprobst.com/blog/ to find out! Katee Robert – All I can say is, if you haven’t read New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert’s, WRONG BED, RIGHT GUY, from Entangled’s Brazen line, (the first of the Come Undone series), you’re missing out. Big Time. I stalk her on Twitter and I know she’s been writing up a storm, so stop by her blog next Wed. at http://kateerobert.com/ for a little glimpse at her next big thing. Come Undone #2?