Thursday, December 27, 2012


My thanks to Clayton Bye for inviting me to be a part of this week’s The Next Big Thingblog posting group.

The Next Big Thing is a meme that is creating an ever-growing wave through the blogs of authors who write in a variety of genres, with each participant answering the same questions about either a work in progress or a work currently being marketed.  Each author then chooses five other authors to keep the chain going.  The following is my contribution:

What is the title of your book?

Something About Maudy is my work in progress.  Maudy should be out in the spring of 2013.

How did you come by the idea?

At one point while Maudy’s house is overrun with their adult children, Ralph asks, “Is there anything in any of your counseling books about how to make a blended family when the children are all in college?”

Maudy wistfully replies, “No.  There is lots of information for when the children are young, but nothing about when the children are older.  Actually, our children are blending nicely.  The problem is that we are not getting time alone.”

I was intrigued by the challenges my peers face as they find love the second time around.

Also, a lifetime spent in churches has given me lots of stories to tell.

What genre does your book fall under?

Romance/Baby Boomer/Religion

Which actors would you choose to play your characters if it were a movie?

Julia Roberts could play Maudy who worked part-time as an actress when she was in college.  Matt Damon with his head shaved could play Ralph the romantic interest.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

What is it about Maudy that holds her back?

Will your book be self-published, independent or traditional?


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

This first draft was interrupted by the death of my mother, and demands from The M’TK Sewer Rat that I write his story first.  I think the first draft took about four months of writing time.

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

Oh dear.  Jan Karon’s Mitford series might be closest.  Maudy’s story is not as nice.  She deals with her own brain damage from domestic violence in addition to divorce, spiritual abuse, bullying and all the gritty issues that confront a small town.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Maudy has been very patient about me telling her story.  Where did she come from?  She is one of the voices in my head.

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

I do address the issues of the church and the popular image of the fundamentalist church in the media as compared to the reality of a small congregation taking meals to the sick, comforting the bereaved and bickering over the small issues confronting an aging congregation

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