Welcome to the blog hop. This is an event where author’s showcase their next projects. This bloghop The Next Best Thing was created by Gail M Baugniet and what a success it is to behold. My books were nominated by several colleagues from the Lexicon Writer’s Group, namely Evelyn M Byrne. You can find out about them by clicking here. The founder of this blog hop is an Indie Writer herself. So here we go, hopping along with the Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:
1. What is the working title of your book? SOLO VIETNAM and it’s not the working title. It is THE title. Says it all about the story as the sequel to FLYING SOLO.
2. Where did the idea come from for the book? So many people have asked me what happens next to the characters in FLYING SOLO. Do Nora and Steve ever see each again? What happened to the baby? The book ended in a cliff hanger of sorts. Lots of unanswered questions. SOLO VIETNAM takes the on a bizarre journey, to the war zone of the Tet Offensive of the Vietnam War. Action, flying, intrigue, passion, and drama are all part of SOLO VIETNAM. Find out what happens next to our aviators.
3. What genre does your book fall under? Definitely historical fiction. It is set during the years of 1967 to 1968.
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? In the movie rendition, a great lead for Nora would definitely be Natalie Portman or Selma Hayek. But they have to be able to sing with a voice like spun sugar! For the gorgeous male pilot, Steve could be Jude Law, Matt Damon or Leonardo DiCaprio.
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Can lost love be found in a war zone?
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I am definitely going Indie again with the small, quirky publishing company that published FLYING SOLO. Their name is AgeView Press. They are always looking to highlight fresh new writers with a voice. I love Indie. It is changing the world. Forget the Big Six! Indie rocks!!
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? The first draft takes me about six months. But it is the careful rewrites where the nuances and texture come alive. Edit, edit, edit!!
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? This is definitely not a romance for sure, this is pure drama in a classic time period. So I would have to say, Rampant Raider, In Love and War, and Flying Through Midnight.
9. Who or What inspired you to write thisbook? Definitely the men and women who served side by side in Vietnam – they are the unsung heroes whose stories need to be told this the young generation.
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? In my books, I take the reader there. Sights, sounds, feelings. They will feel like they were transported back to 1967 amidst war protestors at Haight Ashbury, midtown New Orleans, and of course the jungles, beaches, and skies of the Vietnam War. They’ll be right there trapping on the carrier deck of the USS Coral Sea, dodging surface to air missiles with Steve in the cockpit of his A-4 Skyhawk. It is a page turner for sure.
And as is the custom, here are 5 great readers that you will want to follow in the blog hop:
Enjoy the blog hop as it hops along to find great writers for readers just like you!