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The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

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Josh Lanyon tagged me in the Next Big Thing Blog Hop.  This is the deal: I answer ten questions about my ‘next big thing’ and then I tag some other authors to do the same.  Simple!  The idea is it lets you find out what your favourite authors are up to while being introduced to authors who might be new to you.

Although I have a book coming out in January (Unforgivable, released by Samhain 15th January 2013) which I am super-thrilled about, the purpose of this blog hop is to talk about what I’m working on now, my current WIP, which is a M/M historical set in early nineteenth century Scotland.

1. What is the working title of your book?

It’s very much a working title…  A Provocative Gentleman

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

It’s been at the back of my mind for years – I kept trying to make it work as a M/F but it never clicked – then I thought of writing it as a M/M and everything fell into place.  I wanted to set the story in the masculine, professional world of early 19th century Scotland.  I wanted to have my protagonists moving freely in that world.

3. What is the genre of the book?

Historical M/M

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

They wouldn’t be perfect, but maybe Elijah Wood for David (serious, sensitive) and John Hamm for Murdo.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

When David Lauriston shares an anonymous sexual encounter with a compelling stranger, he has no idea that this single reckless act will come back to haunt him when he goes looking for the secret government agent who sent his friends to their execution.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency/publisher?

It remains to be seen – I’m about to submit to the editor I worked with on Unforgivable and have my fingers crossed she’ll like it!  Edited to add – it will come out with Samhain in August 2013.

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

Six months – I plan three books in the series and some of that time was devoted to planning the other two books. That was the first draft, I have to stress!

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

Oh, I’m not sure! What I can say is that my aspiration was to write a historical M/M that reads as a plausible account of a homosexual man of the time.  So whilst I wouldn’t compare this to an Alex Beecroft, she is the kind of writer I think does that very well.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Lots of things in lots of ways. The biggest inspiration was my home country, Scotland. As a longtime romance reader, I’m very aware of the ubiquitous Highlander romance hero, but as a living, breathing lowland Scot, I don’t relate to that character at all.  I wanted to write about a different kind of Scot.  A Scot of the 19th century, of the British Empire.  A city-dwelling lowlander who would never put on a kilt or know a word of gaelic. A Scot who has come out of the Enlightenment and who views himself as a citizen of the world.

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

It’s kind of a love letter to Edinburgh.

I’ve tagged Carolyn Crane, Kate Rothwell, Katie Porter and Ruth A Casie to continue the hop!

Check out Josh’s blog hop post here: http://joshlanyon.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-next-big-thing-blog-hop.html


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A clean white page

This is going to be my blog from now on.  I put the old one to sleep,with not a little regret.  It served me well, my old blog.  I know this one won’t be the same.

The question is, what will this one be? I feel like I’ve walked into a new home.  It’s bare, a little soulless, truth be told, but rich with possibility.  A bit like a new notepad.  At this point in time – before any words are written – it has limitless potential.  It might turn out to be the best blog ever written.

I love a nice new notepad.  Until I write in it, it’s always possible that I might write something really special there. The moment I put pen to paper, reality sets in.  It becomes home to my half-baked thoughts and scratchings-out.  Dead ends will be found there.  Sometimes I will even drop off while writing in it and my handwriting, already imperfect, will fall right off the end of the page like a drunken spider. 

Possibilities are perfect.  Realities less so.  When I write, I have an idea in my mind that is wordless.  Better than anything else, I know what the story feels like.  And it’s that, the feeling, that I want to get to.  More than constructing a plot or creating characters, more even than writing half-decent prose.  But it’s an impossible quest.  The thing I want to capture is real in its way (I felt it, after all, didn’t I?) but fleeting and slippery.  I can only ever see it out of the corner of my eye. 

That feeling, and the clean white page, are two ends of the line that draws the circle.  Those two points meet at 12 o’clock, even though they’re at opposite ends of that line.  They meet in the space – between Saturday night and Sunday morning – where all things are possible, in an instant of time that (probably) doesn’t exist.

This is the first page in a new notebook.  Already, my vision of the clean white page has gone.  Already, this will never be  the best blog ever written.  I’ve  crossed the line from midnight to morning.  

But on the plus side, I’ve written my first blog post.

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