The Next Big Thing and Other Fun Stuff

Last week, in the middle of promoting my new book and trying to plan a regional water quality festival, two authors Carmen DeSousa and Ey Wade tagged me in The Next Big Thing game. So below I’m answering the questions then tagging five new authors.

But, before I get into that. Many thanks to those who interviewed me on their blogs last week. Kwana Jackson and I talked about how my environmental background worked it’s way into my novel, Beth Yarnall asked me about the most irresponsible thing I’ve ever done, Peggy Bird allowed me to have a delightful fantasy involving Idris Elba on an island, and I wrapped up the week telling women to stop planning and start loving on the Crimson Romance blog.

Now on to the game!

What is the working title of your book?

You Can’t Plan Love

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Nothing in particular. Just had the thought of what if a woman chose to plan her love life after previous heartbreaks.

What genre does your book fall under?

Contemporary Romance/African-American Romance

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

Morris Chestnut (circa The Best Man days) would be Malcolm. I’ve never thought about who’d play Kenyatta.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

After several bad relationships, Kenyatta Copeland decides to control her love life with the same discernment she uses in her professional life.

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

Published by Crimson Romance

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

I worked on it off an on for years. When I buckled down to finish, it took a few months.

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

I hate comparing myself to someone, but I try to write stories as engaging as to Adrianne Byrd, Farrah Rochon or Cheris Hodges.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I was inspired to finish this book when a friend moved her family away to follow her dream. Thanks Megan!

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

It’s been described as steamy. Although I didn’t set out to write a very hot novel, it’s only fitting since it’s set in Columbia South Carolina. A city who’s nickname is Famously Hot!

And now on to my tagging 🙂 I’m spreading the love by tagging Kwana Jackson, MJ Kane, Elizabeth Boyce, Holley Trent and Kristina Knight. So ladies, if you have time, answer the same questions and tag five other authors.