Friday, October 26, 2012

The Next Big Thing: Authors Tagging Authors

I am so appreciative to Isabella Louise Anderson for tapping me for The Next Big Thing Blog. What an honor. I know Isabella through a Facebook writing group she started, Chick Lit Goddesses where authors go to other writers for answers to questions and to assist others with theirs.
I have the names of next week’s authors at the bottom. Do check in with them to see what books will be coming your way. And keep up with Isabella’s doings, too, at

What is the working title of your book?

I am writing The Quick and the Dedd for NaNoWriMo. I’ve had a tickler file on this book forever. NaNo will jumpstart the story for me, then come the revisions and edits.

What would the book jacket blurb say?

Isabella Quick, current owner of I.Q Security (“We take your intelligence seriously.”) misses the company of one of her best agents. Riley Dedd is, well, dead, murdered while on assignment for her. When his spirit turns up in her office, she thinks it might be other spirits--her single malt scotch perhaps--at work. Having convinced her he is real, a real ghost that is, they figure out how to work together to find his murderer and unmask a plot of national security proportions. And can they figure out the mechanics of making ethereal love corporeal? Throw in her petty crook ex-husband, a bimbo ex-sister-in-law who’s her best friend and office receptionist along with assorted other co-workers, and you have a paranormal romantic suspense that is not as transparent as it seems.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I’ve always been fascinated by ghosts and all things paranormal. I lived in a Civil War era house as a kid, and it was haunted. I remember the footsteps crossing the end of my bed and footsteps on the stairway to the second floor. Our parents laughed at us, but I remember us three kids huddling by the parents’ bed in fear. I still regret I didn’t attempt communication, but then, I was a kid--and scared!

This particular story idea came about because I wondered if love could survive the boundaries death set. What causes spirits to linger? Could there be a crossing over? What would it take to prompt a crossover? And what if a woman is depressed because someone she loved was murdered, and she’s about to lose her business? Would someone who was murdered want his killer brought to justice? And just how could Isabella Quick and Riley Dedd partner up to accomplish that? I love the word play with her name and his.

What genre does your book fall under?

Paranormal romantic suspense. I hope it will have its tense moments as well as a lot of comic relief from quirky secondary characters. And of course there is the Isabella/Riley impossible connection.

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

I can see a bulked-up Julianne Moore as Isabella. She has Isabella’s red hair and could have her overly-curvaceous body. A young Sean Connery would make a perfect Riley Dedd. Both will have to drop their British accents though. I can see a tarted-up Reese Witherspoon playing BFF Trini; Danny DeVito as Isabella’s ex, Bobby; J.K. Simmons as Trini’s boyfriend, Stan; Bryan Cranston as Jack Barnes, the CEO of the rival security firm, and a young Allison Janney as Cara, the office accountant.

Check out these up-and-coming authors and see what they are working on now! They will post answers to questions on their WIP next Friday.

Sheri Fink
Nola Sarina
S.A. Stolinsky
H.D. Thomson
Annie Weissman


  1. Sharon, this sounds great! I love I.Q. Security's slogan, ha. Good luck with NaNoWriMo. I have always wanted to do something like that. You sound like you have such a supportive group of fellow writers. Can't wait to read more about how your process goes!


  2. Thanks, Meryl! I am pretty excited. Maybe next year when life is not so complicated you could give NaNoWriMo a whirl. I will be tracking my month-long progress here. Tune in once in a while to see where I am. Have a great day!