All Susan Hunter needs is for someone in one country, like India, to fall in love with her, spread the love around, and before you know it, she will be the next big thing (like PSY’s Gangnam Style), and the entire country will be buying the books and making fabulous Bollywood movies about Susan and Darby and their adventures.
Hey! A girl can dream, can’t she?
In October, Paula Acton tagged me for The Next Big Thing, but I didn’t realize at the time it had an expiration date. You can see Paula’s answers to her next big thing here: Voices Across The Void, A Collection of Ghostly Tales
Recently, Valerie Clarizio wanted to tag me for this, but as I was still writing for NaNo, I declined. You can read about her next big thing here: Cookies for Santa
When Chelsea Brown tagged me last Wednesday for The Next Big Thing, I thought it must be time to answer the questions. You can read about Chelsea’s next big thing here: Jenny Mac and the Man of Secrets
There are ten questions to answer. I’m sorry if I’ve been babbling for so long about this book that you already know the answers, but here we go …
1. What is the working title of your book?
Windy City Hunter
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
Susan has been to Florida, New York, Las Vegas, and New Orleans. It was simply time to go to Chicago. My husband helped me with plot ideas in July.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
My books are all noted as mystery, but this is the first book in the series that is a true mystery throughout.
4. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I enjoy mystery books with an element of fun and even silliness. Gemma Halliday comes to mind, Laura Levine, and dare I say, Janet Evanovich.
5. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I have an image of Susan and Darby in my mind, so it’s hard to think of someone playing them. I will leave that to the casting director, but here are a couple of looks (not necessarily the right people) which are close:
Susan and Darby bite off more than they can chew when they go to Chicago for a cooking competition and become embroiled in a murder. (Nicely cliched, eh?)
7. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Self-published – before Christmas I hope!
8. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Twenty-four days. This is my National Novel Writing Month book. I started on November 3 and finished on November 26.
9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I had the storyline in mind, and it was simply time for the next book in the series. NaNo lit the fire under me to start writing.
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The book is typical Susan Hunter. She has a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Hopefully, readers will laugh with her, and if they don’t cry with her, they will certainly feel sorry for her at times. There are pink shoelaces on one man, a gorilla head on another, and a wise-guy investigator involved with both.
All of my books stand alone with individual story content, but the books are chronological with respect to Susan’s relationship:
#1 – Sunshine Hunter
#2 – Big Apple Hunter
#3 – Sin City Hunter
#4 – Big Easy Hunter
#5 – Windy City Hunter – due out this month!
Just in case Susan is not The Next Big Thing, here are a couple of authors whose books just might be. I tag these two fine Michaels to answer the same questions next Wednesday: