The Next Big Thing

Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:

What is your working title of your book? Pain and Ink.  (Emphasis on the “working”.)

Where did the idea come from for the book? It was all a dream.  No, seriously. I was inspired by my hometown of Charleston, South Carolina and some of the native Geechee people there. I wanted to tell a different story of a town that people usually love for its beauty and history. There is a darker side to the Holy City.

What genre does your book fall under? Paranormal mystery with a splash or two of romantic tension.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? This was a hard question for me. Here’s the closest I could get.

Heroine: N’Bushe Wright – Blade N'bushe_Blade

Hero: George Eads – CSI    George

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Against the backdrop of one the South’s most charming cities, a killer is resurrecting the practice of Root, the Carolina’s answer to voodoo.  And not believing in its power is no protection. (Yes, I know that’s two sentences.)

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Haven’t gotten there yet, but I hoping for an agency.

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

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? John Berendt’s “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” and Toni Morrison’s “Beloved”.

Who or what inspired you to write this book? My family. I wanted to recapture a bit of the mysterious world I grew up in and do my part to keep a language and a way of life alive.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? My great-aunt was a rootworker (read “hoodoo woman”) There are several spells and rituals that I included in this book.  They are altered slightly to prevent any unwanted “results” for anyone that might want to try them.

Before I get back to writing, thanks to Gynger Fyer (The Romance Arsonist) who tagged me for The Next Big Thing.

To spread the love, I’d like to tag:

Dahlia DeWinters (“The Sultry Scribe”)

Horror author Mark Taylor from Filing Words

and Nico Serene

I’d love to hear about your Next Big Thing.

I rarely reblog, but this is worth reading. Just do One Little Thing…

The Better Man Project ™

Every day…write one goal for yourself somewhere visible, and all you are focusing on for that day is achieving that one goal. At the end of the day, you get to put a check mark next to the goal…and if you fail, you leave that goal where it was, and that is the same goal you attack the next day. Start with this one little goal each day, and then when you are achieving that one goal consistently, you add another….and another….and another.

This is how I did it. At the beginning, it started off very small. “Focus only on what you can control today.” So I went through the day focusing not on all the craziness going on around me, but what I had direct influence one. And then I found the gym…and that helped change the direction in my life for certain. I could control what I put…

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Embracing Geekdom: The Crossword Puzzle

My mother loves to solve crossword puzzles. Puzzles of varying length and difficulty. And bless her, she usually does them late at night. If she gets stuck and unable to find an answer, she’s gotten into the habit of calling me.

Doesn’t she have a dictionary? Plenty of them. Doesn’t she have a computer? Absolutely. She also has a high–speed internet connection because when she had dial up and I visited, I could polish my toenails between web pages loading.

Mom could use any of these means to get her answer but she is what I believe to be a puzzle purist. She feels there is someone who knows the answer without resorting to artificial (read “computer-assisted”) means. So she will pick up the phone.

Recently she called me for such a reason. When I picked up the call, she asked without greeting me, “What is Spock’s father’s name?”

I wanted to reply by asking why she thought I would know.  But Mom has a person to call for almost every type of puzzle predicament. A friend she goes to church with is the consummate holder of the cup of religious and movie knowledge.  My cousin is the guru of who’s doing who in the celebrity world.But my mother calls me to answer a Star Trek question. And she’s not the only one that asks me these questions. Non-geek friends and co-workers have posed similar questions to me.

So how did I get to be the go-to-girl for sci-fi trivia? At what point did my love of comics, space-travel television shows, and gaming become obvious to the world at large?

Could it have been the time my manager came to my cube with a stack of paperwork and I waved my hand and told him I wasn’t the droid he was looking for? (He turned and left, by the way.)

Was I fooling myself that people thought I was being a feminist when I sang the lyric, “No man can be my equal”?

Conceivably, it may have been the time I walked into the office dressed as Lt. Uhura. Yes, it was Halloween. And yes, I still have the costume. There’s a distinct possibility it might make an appearance this Halloween.

An eon ago, a guy I sort of liked told me I was odd.  At the time, it triggered a flashback of things kids I grew up with teased me about. My thick glasses. The bagel with cream cheese in my lunchbox. Our ancient house people thought was haunted. The fact I seemed unable to contract any childhood disease. Okay, that one gave me pause, too.

Years later, I agree with that guy. I am odd. Sometimes, I wear a flash drive as a necklace. My hair has been in Princess Leia honeybuns during dinner at a restaurant. There is a glowing letter “G” for geek on my forehead. And I’m okay with that.

So when Mom called me with her late-night question, I smiled like Scarlett O’Hara with a hip flask. Then I sat up in bed and adjusted my medical officer blue nightshirt as I gave her the answer.