Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Next Big Thing

I was delighted when my Sisters in Crime compadre, Deborah J. Ledford,  author of CRESENDO, invited me to answer the same series of  interview questions that she answered at the Second Wind blog, only this time it was about my Next Big Thing, i.e., the book I'm working on now.

What is the title of your book?
KNOW WHEN TO RUN. It comes from the Kenny Rogers song The Gambler, as in "know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, and . . . well, I'm sure you get it.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I can't really say, except that I was kind of fascinated by the idea of a bounty-hunter/amnesia-victim story. In the case of the heroine, Ky, she woke up on a riverboat, rescued by some kind people who helped women escape their abusers. She'd been nearly dead when they pulled her out of the river and nursed her back to health. Now back to full health, the only lasting effect is that her previous life is a blank.

What genre does your book fall under?

It's pure, unadulterated romantic suspense with a very strong mystery plot.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in the movie rendition?
I have no idea. I'll come back to this. I did come back and still have no idea, so I'm . . . well, maybe Bruce Willis when he was young and cute and still had most of his hair. Not that he isn't still a hottie, but he doesn't look like my hero. And her, my heroine? Maybe Charlize Theron with red hair. 

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
An amnesiac riverboat blackjack dealer is apprehended by a bounty hunter for the murder of her father.

Will your book be self published or represented by an agency?

KNOW WHEN TO RUN is my first independently published full-length novel. Up until now, I've been reissuing my backlist from my former traditional publisher and also a few previously published short stories. While I still have backlist to put up, right now my attention is on my new work. That's why am talking about KNOW WHEN TO RUN.

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

KNOW WHEN TO RUN was written about six years ago and took me about six months  to write in full, but I was working pretty much full-time while during that writing. When I have the luxury of writing full-time , I can usually do a rough draft in about three months. Then it takes me several months to revise and get the book polished enough for publication.

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

My romantic suspense novels tend to resemble the work of Lisa Jackson or the mysteries of  Tess Gerritsen, which are less complex than her medical thrillers. Basically it's a crime, some bad guys, some could-be bad guys, some good guys, and a guy and a girl wildly attracted to each other when they shouldn't be, and there you go — your classic romantic suspense.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I was particularly moved by the characterization genius of Susan Elizabeth Phillips. She's not a mystery writer per se but many of her books contain suspense and her characterization is absolutely impeccable. Her people are so lively and original, so memorable, so much people you love to love and love to hate, that I wanted to write like that. This was my goal for KNOW WHEN TO RUN, and when it comes out this month it will be the readers that let me know if I've succeeded at all.

What else about your book might pique the readers interest?

I think the setup of my heroine, Ky Taylor, a.k.a. Kathleen Templeton, the woman she used to be. A woman accused of shooting her father in cold blood. The return of her memory occurs slowly throughout the book and when the scrumptious bounty hunter first tries to sweep this bail jumper back for trial, she has no idea if she's guilty or innocent. Personally, I find that concept fascinating.

Thanks so much for the opportunity to give you a little information about KNOW WHEN TO RUN.  And now, here are the links to other excellent writers who happen to also be my friends, telling us about their Next Big Thing during the week of December 17th.

Denise Domning
Kim Richards

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Connie Flynn is a bestselling, author of ten novels and several short stories. The  recipient of a PRISM award for paranormal time-travel, she also made the finalist lists in the Oklahoma Reader's Choice and the Golden Quill. She's getting some positive feedback from eBooks readers these days, particularly when she issued There's a Dead Elf in Santa's Workshop just in time for Christmas. She writes in several genres, including paranormal romance, contemporary fantasy, romantic comedy, romantic action/adventure and mystery/suspense. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she complains that she works all the time.

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