I heard about this wonderful game from Helen Mallory at SheWrites.com. Helen is the author of the just-published short story, "Casual Day at the Crazy House," and a fine writer.
Without further ado, here are my answers to ten questions about Cocktails & Dreams:
Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:
What was the working title of your book?
It was always Cocktails & Dreams, mostly because I have a terrible time coming up with titles! My current WIP is the first wherein I changed the title after the book was finished and in edits.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
The germ of the first idea came from a conversation with an old college friend. She pointed out that a very handsome member of our rowing team had a thing for me (that I missed entirely) during my Freshman year. I thought back, and saw so many ways I was a complete idiot. Then my writer brain asked that fateful question, "What if..."
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Toughie! If I could jump back a decade or so (lol), I'd say Thomas Gibson (who my handsome rower closely resembled) and Neve Campbell. Now... not sure.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Does a modern romance stand a chance when it starts somewhere in the middle?
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Nine months, give or take a week. It was my brain baby!
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Another toughie. I don't read to compare, so I'm not sure on this one.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Rick, my rower, and the friend who shook me up a bit (pity it was quite a few years too late). I still wonder what happened to him after he walked off in the swirling snow that night...
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It's a realistic story, with believable situations, great banter and other dialogue, and a sweet/hot romance!