I was asked by my friend and fellow scribe Heather Wood to participate in “The Next Big Thing” project. TNBT is a way for wordsmiths to promote upcoming work. Basically, a writer answers ten questions about a new work and then get other writers to do the same. However, I’ve added a bit of a twist to my list. I think that playwrights, bloggers and songwriters should be part of this as well, so… here are my Next Big Thing Q & A’s:
Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:
What is your working title of your book? The Treadle
Where did the idea come from for the book? I was I was around 5 or 6 my Mom inherited her Grandma Brown’s Treadle sewing machine (made in 1889). I became obsessed with it. I would actually play games where I would open the drawers and pretend there were magical creatures hidden in them. As I got older, my obsession turned to designing doll clothes, then eventually my own clothes. I learned how to sew on it. As I sat there running the petal with my foot I would come up with stories about the kinds of women who might have also used it.
What genre does your book fall under? Literary Fiction. Though there will be a bit of historical fiction in it as well, as it spans time from the early 1900’s to mid 1980’s.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Though they aren’t Scottish (Elizabeth is Scottish), I picture a young Elizabeth played by Kate Winslet and older Elizabeth would be Helen Mirren. The book itself has 3 female protagonists. Elizabeth, Carrie and Lizzie. Grandmother, Mother, Daughter. I’m not sure who I’d cast for the rest of the characters. Knowing me, it would be a mix of quirky Canadian and British actors.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Three women, three generations, with one very powerful object that ties them all together.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Once the manuscript is done, I will be sending it off to a publisher. I’ve already lived through the world of self-publishing and feel this novel deserves so much more.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? The story has been with me since I was a kid. I finally sat down and started working on it between other projects over the last 2 years.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I don’t like comparing what I’m writing to other books, because they all stand on their own, although I am inspired by many writers. Just too many to list here.
Who or what inspired you to write this book? A few people inspired this book. My Great Grandma Brown, whose Treadle sewing machine I inherited, my Grandma Betty, My Grandma Carrie and my mother. All strong women who have had a lot of influence on the woman and writer I have become.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Strong female characters.