Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Next Big Thing Blog Challenge

The Next Big Thing continues....

I was invited by Victoria Hamilton to take part in The Next Big Thing challenge. Victoria writes THE VINTAGE KITCHEN MYSTERIES with book one being called A DEADLY GRIND. You can find Vicky at her website 

Now it's my turn. What you do is answer the following questions, then tag 5 other authors to keep the blog rolling.

What is your working title of your book?
Right now I am working on the fourth book in the FORTUNE TELLER MYSTERIES called PERIL IN THE PALM.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I love anything paranormal, especially fortune telling. So I thought about every kind of fortune-telling tool and came up with tea leaves for book one. A crystal ball for book two. Tarot cards for book three. And now I decided on palm reading for book four. I am having so much fun learning about the craft as I do my research.

What genre does your book fall under?
Cozy Mystery

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Wow, hmmmm.  Well, I love fun, quirky characters. I would say Katherine Heigl would be perfect for my heroine Sunny Meadows. Robert Downy Jr could be my dark brooding hero Detective Mitch Stone. And Jude Law could be my hunky flirty bartender Sean O'Malley. Sigh....

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Sparks fly as a fun, quirky, big city psychic fortune teller moves to a small upstate NY town and helps the local police solve crimes as a consultant, much to the displeasure of the dark, brooding, cynical detective.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
The publisher of the series is Berkley Prime Crime, part of the Penguin Group. I am represented by Christine Witthohn of Book Cents Literary Agency.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
My books come out 9 months apart, so I spend about 4 months writing and then polish, polish, polish.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I've been told it's a bit like the Abby Cooper: Psychic Eye books, yet fun and quirky like Stephanie Plum. Hey, I'll take that. I love both those authors and their books.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Contracts, deadlines, kids needing money for college...LOL you name it! Not to mention, I just love anything paranormal.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
Each book focuses on a different fortune-telling tool, so the reader really gets a feel for what that tool is like. And you will learning something new with every book.

If you want to check out my books, then head to my website at
Remember book 3 TROUBLE IN THE TAROT comes out March 5th, but you can pre-order it now.

We've been asked to link to five other authors, but writers are very busy. Here are a few fabulous ones to keep your eye on, and if they want to participate, that would be great. We'd love to learn more about them. If not, we all understand. Either way, check out their books.

Barbara Witek
Liz Lipperman
Joni Sauer-Folders
Danielle LaBue
Tiffinie Helmer

1 comment:

Kari Lee Townsend said...

So tell me, what's your next big thing? Inquiring minds want to know :-)