So Jim, what is the working title of your next book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
This is the second in a 3-book series involving my characters Annie and E.J. When I was writing the first one, I knew that I couldn't complete their story in one book, so this is the continuation of their story.
What genre does your book fall under?
It's a sweet, contemporary romance.
For E.J., I've always pictured Milo Ventimiglia, the actor who played Peter Petrelli on the NBC show Heroes.
Falling in love with a rock star is easy. It's keeping that love alive that's the hard part.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
The publisher for the first in the series, Uncial Press, has rights of first refusal on Lucky Star. They've not seen it yet, but I'm hoping they like it enough to publish it.
Our fingers are crossed for you. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I started on it while I was still working on my first novel, so it took about five months. Having said that, I wasn't working on Lucky Star exclusively at the time.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
The series is a bit unusual as it's told in first person from E.J.'s point of view. Because of that, there's not a lot to compare to, that I know of at least. I think that uniqueness is a good thing, though.
I agree! Who or What inspired you to write this book?
All credit goes to my wonderful wife, Nancy. She's a breast cancer survivor and one of the lessons I learned from her during her treatment is to take advantage of the day, to live without the regret of "what may have or could have been." Thanks to her, I overcame my fear of not only writing, but being a guy who writes romance.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
E.J.'s career is a bicycle mechanic while Annie's an entertainer - she's recorded a number of albums and been in a handful of movies - so they're an interesting pairing given their different backgrounds. Very much an opposites attract kind of thing!
Here are some lovely authors I’ve tagged to tell you about their Next Big Thing!
All of my author friends have been tagged already, so I guess that means I need to get out more and make some more author friends.