Ten Terrific Facts for The Next Big Thing

The lovely Joan Leacott was kind enough to tag li’ll ole me for The Next Big Thing! You may have seen The Next Big Thing hopping around the blogs, it’s another way to find out interesting facts about what’s going on with your favorite authors and their writing. Hop over to Joan’s blog HERE and find out all about her latest book.

And now onto the Questions!

What is your working title of your book?

I’m currently working on Goldi and the Bear, the third book in the Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods series.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Before I wrote Snow and the Seventh Wolf, which comes out in February, I had the idea to write another twisted tale with a werewolf. I wanted to work with another color name, like Red, so Goldilocks (Goldi) was the one I chose. From there the ideas just flowed and Goldi the werewolf was born.

What genre does your book fall under?

Here goes: Spicy Twisted Paranormal Fairy Tales

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

Oh, I’m terrible about this. But I think Christian Bale could play a dark moody werebear. He played a dark moody Bruce Wayne, didn’t he? As for Goldi, she’s tougher. I need a tough blonde; one who can run a ranch, be a wolf,  stand up to Christian Bale, but still be very sexy. Any ideas?

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

When she-wolf’s home is in danger the only one she can turn to for help is the one person she shouldn’t-  her high school sweetheart who holds a grudge.

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

This one is due to Passion in Print. It takes place in the same universe as Little Red Riding Wolf and Snow and the Seventh Wolf, but it’s set in the next town over from Radon, Colorado.

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

I started this one during Nanowrimo this year, but as I was working it wasn’t finished until the first week of December. I’m still working on the edits because I hit a bump that I didn’t take care of during Nano. It was a big lesson in writing fast and furious!

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

Hmm, another toughie. I sure wish I read more. One of the categories I’ve not read very much lately are twisted fairy tales, for several reasons. One, I didn’t want to read what I was writing. Two, I like to read outside of my genre. And Three, I just didn’t have any lying around in the TBR pile. That means I have to actually go out and hunt something down, which doesn’t happen very often. Has anyone read something that is like Little Red Riding Wolf? It’s tongue in cheek, but with a dark side. And it’s hot, hot, hot! Goldi and the Bear and Snow and the Seventh Wolf lean more toward the dark side. Any thoughts?

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Now I left this question in, but it will be a repeat of my above answer for where I got the idea. So if you really want to read that answer again, go ahead!

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

This book is darker and deals with old anger between former lovers. Can you get past that deep hurt that’s been simmering for years? Can you start over? And do you still love someone when they’ve hurt you badly enough that you still want to hurt them back? While this book title is all about Goldi, I think the real interest here is how the hero, Zeke, overcomes his pain and anger to rediscover love.

That’s all folks, well, all the questions that Joan passed on to me. I am happy to answer more questions like…How do you write about werewolves when you aren’t a werewolf?  Or…what’s it like living in Colorful Colorado? Or….what do you wear when you write?

Or, if you really want to know more about what I’m doing this year, check out my Goals post from Monday HERE.

M L Guida and Jessica Aspen CRW tea October 2012

Mary and I at the CRW tea in October 2012.

And when you are through don’t forget to hit the Next Big Thing ML Guida. Her post will be out on January 16th and you can find out all the deep dark delicious details of what she’s currently writing! I love her tagline: Even in a world of darkness, true love survives.

(FYI, I’m leaving this post up, so no Thursdays Bite tomorrow, see you on Monday Mania!)

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12 responses to “Ten Terrific Facts for The Next Big Thing

  1. Can not wait for release of your next book, Jessica.

    I’m glad it’s coming out in the winter months. When it’s cold enough outside to vent the heat your words will no doubt awaken within.

    Why is it you always seem to have it together? Oh, right. Because you do.

    I would have spent hours trying to summarize my current WIP into a non YebbitVille post. Never mind the *shudder* “How long did it take you to write your first draft?” question.

    KUDOS on your well-deserved race to multi-pubbed success.

    • The only reason I can summarize my WIP is because of Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake method. The summary comes first! Then the writing follows. This way when someone asks for a summary all I do is open up the Snowflake folder and copy the words I wrote before I wrote the story. Sometimes it takes tweaking, because the story might shift, but for the one sentence, it pretty much stays the same. That helps a lot!

      As for having it all together, don’t you remember my motto? Fake it until you make it! Nice to know it looks like I’m keeping up on the surface!

  2. Those are some clever twists on old tales. I like your use of colour. And the covers are great.

    On an unrelated note, you’re website is beautiful. Did you do it yourself?

    • Thanks Gina! I had some help. My friend and cover designer Viola Estrella helped me put together the background and header, but I did all the loading! WordPress makes it easy to do it by yourself and to add widgets. Thanks for dropping by!

  3. I’d say Charlize Theron for your tough sexy blonde, but I believe I cast her during my turn at the Next Big Thing. Or not.

  4. Jessica, I always love your tone! You just know how to be serious yet poke fun at yourself. No wonder I loved Little Red Riding Wolf! Oh and the steam was great, too!

  5. Great post, Jessica! I like Sherry’s suggestion of Charlize Theron for Goldi, but it’s your choice of course. I love your take on classic fairy tales!

  6. Nice work, Jessica! You are twisted gal!

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