Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Psst! Good News & The Next Big Thing

Thank you Clare Dugmore for tagging me in The Next Big Thing Meme! If you do not follow Clare, you should. She's an amazing woman, writer, blogger, and friend! I can only wish CUFFED could be the next big thing. It's good to dream, right?


But before I get into the meme fun, I'd like to announce some really great news. Many of you may know I write several genres. I know, my WANA Mama, the wonderful & incredibly smart Kristen Lamb  says narrow them down, but it's so hard! If you struggle with identity writer crisis, follow her. She's loaded with helpful tips for writers. Oh! Sorry, I got distracted by Kristen's awesomeness. Back to the great news!

I will make an official announcement when the ebook is accepted, but I've collaborated with an illustrator for one of my picture books, LITTLE ACORN'S BIG FALL. We've worked together for a couple of months now, and I got word this morning that her illustrations are finished. Can I just say, WOW! They're absolutely fabulous! I guess it's not exactly time to let the acorn out of the sack, so I'll keep her name under wraps for now. I can tell you that we're part of a collaborations group through uTales. You can find out more about them HERE and HERE. If you've ever thought about submitting picture books as ebooks for children, check them out! Keep your fingers crossed, and wish us luck. :D

The Next Big Thing Meme

What is the working title of your book?

Where did the idea come from?

I've spent my entire marriage (21 years) as a cop's wife. It's been interesting to say the least, and my experiences have sparked more than one idea. I merged a few of my own experiences with an article I found in our local paper about a bank robbery in our small town, and a novel was born. It's a stand-alone novel w/ the potential to be a three book series.

What genre does your book fall under?

Romantic Suspense / Mystery (Adult)

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

When I drafted CUFFED, I pictured my main character, Steely as (nobody laugh) Victoria Beckham (aka Posh from the Spice Girls), and Jackson (main love interest) as Colin Farrell.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
When Steely Lamar gets caught snooping around a murder crimes scene, she finds herself in trouble with not only the law, but also with her fed-up cop fiancé, who tosses her out on the street, straight into the arms of an old flame, and directly in the sights of a bank-robbing killer. (Whoever said one-sentence synopses were easy?)
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I'm seeking publication through a small, independent press. Anybody know a few good ones?

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

About three months, w/ the bulk of the novel written during August Camp NaNoWriMo.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My inspiration stems from my own experiences. I've done my fair share of meddling, and a part of Steely lives in me. I have to give a lot of credit to my family and friends who supported my inspiration and pushed me to follow through.

What else about your book would pique the reader's interest?

Steely has several flaws that I believe make her a relatable character. A bit of humor, a few spicy love scenes, and southern, small-town charm add flavor to the novel.

I tag/ pass this meme onto:
Incredibly talented  Tara Tyler 
Lexa Cain who has a gorgeous blog & writes YA horror, thrillers and paranormal
a writer with the most fabulous smile in the world! Angela Orlowski-Peart (Make sure you check out Angela's new author website and blog!)


  1. Good news all around! Cop's wife? I'm sure that is difficult.
    And you are one away from two hundred followers!

  2. Big congrats on seeing the illustrations for your PB! It must be thrilling to see your ideas take shape and become real!
    A cop's wife's life must be a bit difficult, but inspiration for your books is the silver lining.
    Great post and thanks lots for the shout out and award! :-D

  3. way to go! good luck with little acorn!
    curiosity quills, sapphire star, i have a link i will send you, have to find it

    and thanks for the tag!

  4. Great post!
    'Course I was already sold on CUFFED after that tidbit you posted on WANARom the other day. LOL :D

  5. LITTLE ACORN'S BIG FALL is a great title. You've got me intrigued with the illustrations now. 21 years as a police officer's wife had to be a unique experience. I wish you only success with CUFFED. May your publishing dreams all come true, Roland

  6. I am so excited for Little Acorn's Big Fall getting closer to be released. Congrats on the illustrations! As for the small publisher, email me at angela@angelapeart.com so we can talk.

    Thank you for tagging me. Let me get my answers ready and I will post on my blog.

  7. Congratulations on your (soon-to-be) publication of Little Acorn's Big Fall. I never thought about ebooks as picture books for kids, but I think it's a genius idea. I'd sure stop my little man chewing his book. I'll be sure to check yours out when it's released.

    I love your actors for Steely and Jackson. I assume Jackson is Bo's last name, right?

    As for small presses, the two I know of are http://www.sapphirestarpublishing.com/ and http://curiosityquills.com/. SSP seems like the better fit for you (I wasn't sure if Curiosity Quills took adult fiction), but both are worth checking out.

    1. Also, got over excited with the links, and forgot to say, I LOVE what I've seen of Cuffed so far, and cannot wait until you're ready to share it with the world. I want to read that book NOW! :D

  8. You've got a lot of awesome stuff going on!

  9. That picture book sounds gorgeous and Cuffed sounds great. There are so many small presses around, I guess finding the proper fit is a personal choice.

  10. Yay for the picture book!

    And the idea for your novel sounds fantastic! :)

  11. Thanks for your comments! I've been tied up handling a family illness. Please forgive my lack of replies.

  12. Love the idea for your novel Candilynn...I'm soooo interested in reading it!