Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My Next Big Thing

I promised to pass along a blog hop. This particular blog hop is making its way around the blogosphere. I was tagged by North Carolina writer, Karen Pullen to answer 10 questions. Then I get to tag some other writers. I decided to post about my new release. Here we go!

1. What is the title of your book?


2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

I am blessed to have several lifelong friends and wanted to write a book about friendship and some of the crazy antics that we've been through.

3. What genre does your book fall under?
Women's fiction

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

I picture Kathy Bates as Mackie Sue Beanblossom and her sidekick, Daisy Marie Hazelhurst, would be Penny Marshall. Ed Harris would make a great Clayton Beanblossom.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your manuscript?

Lifelong friends encourage and protect each other no matter what!

6. Will your book be represented by an agency?

No agent.

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

A year, perhaps? I started writing this book while I was completing final edits for Sin Creek, part of my Logan Hunter Mystery series. And I’m easily distracted by shiny things.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within the genre?

Mary Kay Andrews books and Mary Alice Monroe books.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Some of the best friends anyone could have. And also my fascination with the geese on our pond. I wanted to use the Lessons Learned from Geese as a guide.

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

Mackie Sue and Daisy Marie have turned sixty and hot flashes, weight gain and insecurity about aging dominate their conversations.  Daisy's malapropisms are hilarious and some of their misadventures are priceless.

Early reviews:

"...Whitfield has you laughing one moment and crying the next..."

"...touches the reader with its humanity."

"...Whitfield's best so far!"

The book is available in print and ebook. I'm proud that many folks are buying it to give to their BFF for Christmas. That really touches my heart. Have a meaningful Thanksgiving and don't forget to call your friends;-)

Now I’m passing the baton to some truly exceptional writers . . .
Greta James on Wednesday Nov 21, whose next big thing is a novel of linked short stories
Michele Berger on Tuesday Nov 20 whose next big thing is a zine she is co-authoring: ‘Chatmosphere’: The Arts and Cultural Buzz of Chatham County.