“The Next Big Thing”—Blog Hop 2012
As part of The Next Big Thing Blog Hop, I was fortunate to be tagged by two fantastic authors, Liz Bugg and Ann McMan. Please check out their blogs to see what these talented women are up to next.
- Liz Bugg at http://lizbugg.com/
- Ann McMan at http://annmcman.com/the-next-big-thing-blog-hop-2012/
The purpose of this hop is to introduce readers to writers and works that might be unfamiliar. This includes new releases or Works in Progress (WIP). This is week 26 of the hop.
According to the rules of the hop, I will be answering some questions (the same ones for every other blog hopper) about either my newest release or my WIP and then at the bottom of the post I’ve listed authors who will do the same thing next Wednesday, December 19th. Notwithstanding, two of the authors who I will be tagging will be guest bloggers here at my site at later dates as their schedules allow.
What is the working title of your book?
Step Into the Wind
Where did the idea come from for the book?
It came from being fortunate enough to witness a nesting pair of eagles raise two eaglets over the course of a summer in Maine. At one point prior to the eaglets fledging, one of them fell from the nest and broke its leg. The bird was taken to a rehabilitation facility for a couple of weeks until its leg healed enough to bring it back to the nest. Two weeks is a “wicked” long time for a young eaglet to be away from its nest and not engaged in the business of learning to fly. When it was brought back it was left on the ground to figure out on its own how to get back into the nest. Its odds of surviving were 50:50.
I never would’ve believed it if I hadn’t witnessed it myself, but somehow that eaglet managed to do what it needed to do in order to survive. We don’t know how or when exactly, but several days later it was back in the nest with its sibling and parents. Despite all the odds against it, the eaglet did eventually learn to fly. I hope wherever it is life is treating it well. What struck me most was that there are moments in life when we have to put our fears and hurts away and simply trust our own hearts to carry us where we need to be. We have to be brave enough to simply let it all go and step into the wind and fly above the things that hold us down. The eagles gave me inspiration as well as the idea for the book.
What genre does your book fall under?
General lesbian fiction.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
That’s a tough question. I can’t think of any short quirky actresses with the body of a gymnast who could play Zoe, maybe Jennifer Lawrence for Alex though.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
One summer in Maine a woman learns to put away her fears and forgive the unforgivable in order to finally fly free of her burdens.
What is the longer synopsis of your book?
Alex Marcotte is a runner. She’s been running since the day her twin brother took his life at the age of fifteen to escape the bullying he endured for being gay. Alex runs from her anger at her parents for not protecting him, the stain his death left on her family’s summer camp for kids in Maine, and the unrelenting anxiety and depression that still haunt her.
Years after not having stepped foot in Maine, she agrees to go back for the summer because her mother is dying and her father is struggling to maintain the camp. Her plan to say good-bye to her parents and Maine once and for all gets complicated when she falls in love with Zoe Kimball, a wild life biologist, assigned to study a breeding pair of eagles that have taken up residence on an island owned by the camp.
Over the course of the summer, Alex gets closer to Zoe and is drawn into the struggles of the eagles’ offspring as they learn to live in a harsh world in which survival depends on trusting that their fledgling wings will carry them. Will Alex see the parallel in her own life long enough to stop running? Will she be brave enough to trust her heart by letting go of her fear and anger, and step into the wind so that she can finally fly free of her burdens?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It will be published by Blue Feather Books in early 2013.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
A little more than a year.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
The eagles described above.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Step Into the Wind also deals with the topics of bullying and what it’s like to suffer from anxiety and depression.
Please be on the lookout for upcoming blogs from the following authors:
Penelope Grey: Penelope is a new author who will debut her first novel in early 2013. I’m really looking forward to what she has in store.
Lee Graham: Lee is one of my favorite authors and best friends. He writes fantasy and his fantastic debut novel, The Herald of Justice: The Heroes of Nimph—Book One, was published in 2012. He’ll be a guest blogger chatting about his next work here on my blog coming soon.
Renee Mackenzie: Renee is a fellow Blue Feather Books author. Her terrific second novel, Flight, was recently published. It’s a must read. She’ll also be doing a guest blog here after the holidays to discuss her next work in progress.