Next Big Thing

Last Wednesday I was tagged by the lovely Victoria Lamb, the writer, for my Next Big Thing. She asked me if I’d take time out from National Novel Writing Month, and because I’m a sucker for a pretty face, this week it’s my turn to answer the questions. I just hope it’s easier than maths O level was.

What is the title of your next book?

Tilly Lake’s Road Trip.

Where did the idea for the book come from?

Between my ears. So far, this is easier than O level maths.

What genre does your book fall under?

Romantic comedy, I suppose.

What actors would you choose to play the characters in the movie rendition of your novel?

That’s an O level maths type question. I haven’t a clue. Ask the director or the producer.

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

Probably self-published, the way Flying Lessons was, as an e-book and on Lulu. I sent out samples to agents, and I’ve had some no thankses and a few deafening silences.

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

The first 70000 words were written in November 2011, as part of National Novel Writing Month. By early 2012 I had an ending, and the first draft was probably complete a bit before Easter.

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

I don’t know, but there must be lots of novels about a 58 year old widow taking off on a round Britain trip in an American car with a 25 year old gay Welshman.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The desire to entertain.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The usual, really. A female bodybuilder? A talking dog? The pile of knickers on the dashboard? Maybe the mobile phone full of topless profile pictures?

With any luck that might scrape a grade three.

Next week, the equally lovely Teresa Morgan.

4 thoughts on “Next Big Thing

  1. Impressed that you managed to do NaNo thingy, Francis. I avoid it like the plague! And that it provided the genesis of a novel. Hope all goes well with the production! Will have to get you to join me on the PINK SOFA for a chat when it is published

  2. Excellent stuff, Francis. Hope this is useful for you! Might be a good idea to put up links to your previous books in this post too, so anyone stumbling across this can then see what else you have written and how to get hold of it. (This promotional kind of post not being so much for my benefit, you understand, but yours.)

    All the best, Vicky

  3. I don’t think you did too bad with answering the questions… and I’ve now got to answer them next week – eeek! I can answer the actor question 😀

    Thanks for calling me lovely too x

    Teresa x

    p.s. love what you’ve done with the blog. Who’s idea was it to turn it pink? 😉

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