The Next Big Thing

Well, I’ve been tagged in the biggest blog chain this year called, THE NEXT BIG THING by my fabulous critique partner and talented writer, Nicola E. Sheridan Nicole writes paranormal romance about genies, manticores, demons and other strange and delightful mythical creatures for Eternal Press. Today she’s instructed me to tell you all about my next book by answering the questions below. After that, I have to tag another author to tell you about their Next Big Thing to keep the chain unbroken.

So here are my answers to the blog questions for THE NEXT BIG THING

 What is the title of your next book?

The Girl in the Hard Hat

 Where did the idea come from for the book?

The story takes place on an engineering project I worked on as a structural engineer about ten years ago. It is set on the Pilbara in northern Western Australia. This place really struck a chord with me while I was there both for the environment and the people I met. My story is definitely fictional but I hope readers get a real feel for what it’s like to live and work in the outback.

What genre does your book fall under?

Rural Romance and/or commercial women’s fiction

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

That’s a hard one! For Wendy maybe Rachel Taylor and for Gavin….hmmm…. Chris Hemsworth!

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

There’s a new girl in town and she’s bringing a storm…literally.

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

I am represented by Clare Forster at Curtis Brown Australia. My publisher is Random House Australia.

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

Eight months. I was on a very tight deadline.

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

There isn’t really another book I can compare it too. I haven’t read any other outback romances set on a construction site other than my first book, “The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots.”

But if you want a gutsy outback romance, try Margareta Osborn’s “Bella’s Run.” That was the last rural romance I read. Loved it.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I wasn’t on the Pilbara during cyclone season. But I’ve always wonder what if I was? What would it have been like? What potential dangers could I have faced? I had to do a lot of research on cyclones and cyclone safety for this book. It was a real eye opener.

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

Comedy and romance are two things, I believe, should always go together. Readers of The Girl in the Hard Hat should prepare for some quirky characters, witty flirting and a lot of laughs.

Okay, that was the final question.  Now it’s my turn to tag someone! I’ve got together with some of the other girls writing rural romance and we’re forming a bit of rural sub-chain over the next few weeks. First up, I’ve dobbed in Jennifer Scoullar, author of Brumby’s Run.

Set amongst the hauntingly beautiful ghost gums and wild horses of the high country, Brumby’s Run is a heartfelt, romantic novel about families and secrets, love and envy and, most especially, the bonds of sisterhood.


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