Monday, October 8, 2012

Tag! The Next Big Thing

What is the working title of your book?
Six Days of Christmas

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I knew that I wanted to write a Christmas book and I was brainstorming with my husband about ideas. After I tossed out his zombie apocalypse idea (and the twisted love story idea where main character snaps and kills everyone in the end—so romantic that husband of mine) I somehow stumbled on the idea of a family that celebrates different Christmas traditions from around the world in the week before Christmas.

What genre does your book fall under?
Romantic comedy

What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I’ve got to be honest here… I can only think of Disney people since that’s what my kids watch…

Natalie: Bridget Mendler in her twenties
Jimmy: A just-woke-up Zach Effron

What is the one two-sentence synopsis of your book?
When Natalie goes home with her best friend for Christmas, she expects plenty of quiet time to work on a winning ad so she can turn her dream internship into her dream job. Instead, she gets time-consuming Christmas festivities, a house full of children, and Jimmy, her best friend’s brother - someone who makes her question everything she’s always thought she wanted.

Will your book be self-published or repped by an agency?
I am self-publishing it with the always fabulous Jolene Perry and Rachael Anderson. It will be in a Christmas collection called All I Want.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Three weeks. (It’s about 25K words.)

Opening sentence:
Natalie Ekins flicked one of the bright colored Magneto Blocks she had spread across the floor. How could so much of her future depend on a toy?

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Rachael approached me and Jolene about a year ago with the idea of writing a book together—and in the spring we decided to write Christmas stories. It was so much fun writing about cold weather, Christmas traditions, hot chocolate, and fires when it was over a hundred degrees outside.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
 Jolene and Rachael also wrote really great stories for All I Want that I can't wait for everyone to read.

Jolene's is called Pretty Near Perfect and it's an awesome combination of awkward moments and sweet love story as Nora spends the holidays with her deceased fiance's parents, but starts to fall for their handsome, intellectual (and, yes, awkward) house guest.

Rachael's is Twist of Fate and it's so much fun and hilarious. Tyler's been in love with his neighbor, Kenzie, for a while. Problem? She's engaged to someone else. When he accidentally receives a postcard for Kenzie from her fiancé calling off the wedding, he decides to wait to give it to her until after Christmas--and maybe he can get her to notice him as more than just a friend.

Check it out on Goodreads or add it to your read list here.

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  1. This sounds like such an amazing idea. All three stories sound awesome. I will totally look forward to buying it.

  2. This book sounds AWESOME! I must read it. :)

  3. ummm... Zack Effron. I mean, sounds like a great story! ;)

  4. What a fun idea! I love Christmas stories. They get me in the mood for the season.


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