The Next Big Thing:
Blood Red, Blood Dread
I want to thank Tom Lucas for offering me a chance to participate in his The Next Big Thing blog hop. You can read about his Next Big Thing at http://readtomlucas.com/2013/02/20/the-next-big-thing-blog-hop/. The Next Big Thing Blog Hop is a way for readers to learn about new books that will be released soon. The rules are simple:
1) Thank the blogger who invited your to participate and place a link to their Next Best Thing blog post at the beginning of your post.
2) Answer the questions about your next release.
3) Choose five bloggers to write about their next releases and post their names at the bottom of your post with links to their blogs.
So here it goes.
1) What is the title of your book?
Blood Red, Blood Dread
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Last month I wrote a very short story about a girl who goes with her friends to the haunted St. Mary's Cemetery in Marion, Ohio to steal coins from the Gypsy Queen Cleo's grave. I had written it in first person. I submitted to a magazine for inclusion but was denied. After they returned it to me I decided to send it out to four beta readers. There were some grammatical and plot issues with the story. After I received their comments I decided to rewrite the story in third person and fix the plot issues.
3: What genre does your book come under?
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Amnah Patterson - Julia Jones
Katie McGarrett - Dakota Fanning
Jessica Morales - Anne Hathaway
Rachel Nicolby - Saoirse Ronan
Queen Cleo - Bryce Dallas Howard
5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A teenage girl and her friends dare to steal from the ghost of the Gypsy Queen Cleo but will they survive to tell their tale?
6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
It will be published under Mountain Springs House.
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I'm still working on it.
8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Oh, I would say its probably like the ghost stories you tell at camp.
9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I was wanting to write a ghost story that was located in my hometown. I think Marion, Ohio has a lot of wonderful local legends that would make great stories to read.
10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
All the locations in my story are read right down to the details. The Queen Cleo Ghost story has been told for generations. I have embellished a little bit on it but did not tamper with the local legend that much. There really is a vertical grave and people still leave their pennies or other trinkets on her grave. Legend says if you mess with her headstone she will cast the Gypsy Curse upon you.
I would like to introduce you to the follow five bloggers. Each have agreed to share their Next Big Thing.
1) Veronica Hudson http://croninandhanrahan.blogspot.com
2) Phil A. Davis http://padaarch.blogspot.com/
3) Ellie Mack http://quotidiandose.wordpress.com/
4) Wendy Seifken http://siefkenpublications.blogspot.com/
5) Angella Graff http://reviewerteamwinz.wordpress.com