Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hop

I'm so pleased that my fantastic, oh-so-supportive friend, Kelly Stanley, tagged me as one of the writers to carry on The Hop.  Kelly is the author of The Art of Praying Upside Down, which will be published in 2015.  If you don't know Kelly, you must visit her blog.  She's a magnificent person and a wonderful writer! 

The purpose of this hop is to expose people to new writers and new genres.  I hope you will visit all the links provided in this blog hop and see all the wonderful new writers and their fantastic books.

I've done so myself and am amazed at the talented writers who have participated.  I love finding new works to read and hearing the inspiration behind their projects.

So, without further ado, here is my Next Big Thing!
What is the working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I was working on another project when I had one of those light bulb moments.  This one thought took over my entire brain: If an FBI agent stole his only witness from Witness Protection, where would he hide her?  For me, the answer was not only immediate, but obvious.  When I was little, my family often visited my uncle's bird farm, located deep in the Texas backwoods.  And when I say deep, I mean DEEP.  You didn't want to get all the way to his bird farm and realize you forgot to buy milk at the store!  Though I changed quite a few of the details, it definitely inspired the setting of my story.
What genre does your book fall under?
Contemporary Romance.  But it does have some elements of suspense, as well as lots of humor.  I like to refer to it as a Romantic Comedy.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Emma Stone to play my main character, Emily, for sure!  And although I'd like to pick Channing Tatum (for my own personal reasons!), Ryan Reynolds would be better suited to play the role of Jake.  And since Ryan's hot, as well...who am I to complain?  Besides being pretty to look at, Ryan and Emma would both be great for the humor aspect of RULES OF PROTECTION.  And there's A LOT of humor.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Hunky, aloof agent hides sarcastic city girl witness on his uncle's backwoods Texas bird farm determined to keep her out of the wrong hands, though she's determined to get into the right ones - his!
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I am represented by the amazing Andrea Somberg of Harvey Klinger, Inc.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Two and a half months.  It's fast, I know.  But if it makes you feel better, I spent twice that long editing it. 
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
The concept, particularly the setting, is different than anything I've seen.  Probably not too many novels take place on a backwoods Texas bird farm.  If I had to choose, though, I'd say my humorous romance is a mash-up between Jennifer Crusie's "BET ME" and Janet Evanovich's "Stephanie Plum Series."  The comedy is a huge part of the book and maybe a little over the top, but that's exactly what makes this such a fun read.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I don't know the answer to this question.  As I said above, the setting was inspired by my uncle's bird farm, but what made me think of the entire idea to begin with, I'll never know.  It sprung up on me while I was working on another novel.  I jotted it down on a nearby notebook and tried to go back to my current WIP.  *Tried* being the key word.  No luck.  This idea took my brain hostage, and my mind flooded with scenes, dialogue, characters, and everything in between.  Within 24 hours, I had completed a fifty page outline (Hey, I like details!) and decided to put my current WIP on hold in order to write RULES OF PROTECTION.  Best decision I ever made.  I can't say why the idea struck me so hard, but I'm glad it did.
What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
If you like romantic comedies, then this book is for you.  This story has everything I love: funny, romantic moments; elements of suspense; steamy love scenes; freaky farm animals; and quirky, loveable characters.  It's a story about finding love and family in the most unexpected place, but it's also an adventure-filled ride into the Texas backwoods with a sarcastic city girl behind the wheel.
I was once told by a writing friend, "You can tell you had a good time writing this book!"  And I have to say, he knew exactly what he was talking about.  I loved every minute of it!
Now, I'm passing the Blog Hop torch over to the lovely Lauren Spieller (who's posting about my dogs this week on her blog!) and extraordinary E.M. Caines.  They'll have their "Next Big Thing" posts ready for you next week.  Be sure to stop by and visit these great ladies!
Thanks for hanging out with me!


  1. Thanks, Jessica! I hope you'll follow me and return often! :) I signed up on your blog as well. BTW - it's beautifully done!

    1. This explains a lot and if I had read your blog first, I wouldn't have asked so many dumb questions.
      I'm not much on romantics, like most guys I think, but knowing you, and a bit of your humor, I really can't wait.

    2. Aww, thanks, Allen!

      And there's no such thing as a "dumb" question. Feel free to ask me anything! I'll help any way I can!

      Oh, and now you know what my book is about! :) haha