Laine Cunningham, recipient of two national awards for her novel, Message Stick, tagged me for a blog hop called “My Next Big Thing.” Laine posted on her current project, Buy Light and Purple Blooms. Check out her full blog post by clicking here.
Everyone in the blog hop answered ten questions about their latest projects. Laine’s describes Buy Light and Purple Blooms as a women’s thriller. "That is, the story is primarily a woman’s story yet it has some of the same elements as thrillers."
At the bottom of this post, you’ll see the writers I’ve tagged so far. I will be adding more writers throughout the month of January. Hop along to read about more great plans in the works!
My next big thing is a continuation of my first novel, Cosette’s Tribe. Readers have fallen in love with young Cosette and are craving more. I originally intended to write a continuation on the story so I guess this means that both author and reader are on the same page.
Here are the questions:
1. What is the working title of your book or project?
This book is a continuation of my first novel, Cosette’s Tribe. It remains untitled so far but I have a few ideas.
2. Where did the idea come from for the book or project?
The readers of Cosette’s Tribe have become quite invested in her outcome with many requests for a sequel. I had originally intended to write two books about Cosette, her early years and her life as an adult. This book starts when she is 14. I’m still not certain where it will end.
3. What genre does it fall under, if any?
It could fall under many genres, but the most obvious would be literary fiction. It is a coming of age story, which could also fall under general fiction or women’s fiction.
4. If applicable, whom would you choose to play your characters in a movie?
I know very few young actresses so I guess it would be best to leave this to the casting agents.
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your manuscript or project?
Desperate to leave an abusive home life, 14 year-old Cosette challenges the world, risking everything to find the answers to life’s most critical questions.
6. Will your book or story be self-published or represented by an agency?
Although seeking an agent’s representation, I am very comfortable with self-publishing this project.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I am still working on the first draft. So far I have invested a little over a year on this project.
8. What other book or stories would you compare this story to within the genre?
This Boy’s Life, an adaptation to a memoir of the same name by Tobias Wolff, has a similar nitty-gritty vibe and flow as Cosette’s story. I can’t think of a story within the genre of fiction that I would compare my project to.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book or story?
I have been carrying this story with me my entire life. Much of it is inspired by my experiences as a teen.
10. What else about the book or story might pique the reader’s interest?
The setting takes place in a small New England city back in the 1960s-70s. Readers have expressed an intense emotional investment in book one, Cosette’s Tribe, stating that it takes them back to the streets of their own youth. This project, book two, will challenge readers to believe in the magic of serendipity and experience, as they bite their nails down to the quick, hoping for things to turn out well for young Cosette.
Author of several books
Quoted on CNN and Media Bistro
Winner of five national awards
Visit Laine’s blog here.
Laine’s latest book, Seven Sisters is available on Amazon now!
Marie Nikodem Loerzel will be posting after her return from travel next week. Visit Marie’s blog, Rock The Kasbah here.