The Next Best Thing Blog Challenge

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I was tagged in “The Next Best Thing” Blog Challenge by Angel Lawson at Succumbing To My Awesomeness (, a fun and also very informative blog which Angel shares with her readers and fellow zombie apocalypse believers. I am at a very boring family reunion in a tourist mecca in Tennessee where it‘s also as hot as West Hades, so I’m going to give this a try.

Here are the rules
Answer the ten TNBT questions listed below about your current WIP.
Tag five other writers and link to their blogs so we can hop over and read their answers!

My Challenge Answers:

1. What is the title of your book/WIP?

“That’s The Way Of The World,” which I hope to publish via a traditional publishing house early next year, or self-publish in the Fall. It all depends on what the agent says who has my 50-pager. (and, yes I stole that title from a song by the fabulous, Earth Wind & Fire). There is a pre-quel, too, entitled, “Reasons” which I will definitely self-pub by the Fall.

2. Where did the idea for the book come from?

The book is very loosely based on something that happened to me when I was in college. I took the few bones from my college experience and fleshed it out into a book, well actually two novels.

3. What genre would your book fall under?

The pre-quel would be considered New Adult. The Main Characters are 16 and 20 when they meet. The second book, which I hope to publish first is what most would call Chick Lit, but is a contemporary romance with suspense leanings.

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

My main character, LaVada, would be played by Paula Patton and Eric, would be played by Michael Fassbinder (or Bradley Cooper). I also have to cast Julian, the husband LaVada is not in love with, as Daniel Sunjata.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

“That’s The Way Of The World” – LaVada Troudeau, PhD, a cell biologist at Johns Hopkins University, has spent more than a decade recovering from the betrayal of composer/conductor Eric Daniels, causing her to abandon everyone in their shared past–a chance meeting of a friend who is also Eric’s brother forces LaVada to confront her past, deal with the chaos that emerges from renewing old friendships, and solve a mystery that rocks her world with fresh betrayal.

6. Is your book published or represented?

Hope to hear news about representation soon. If that goes awry, I’m going to happily self-publish.

7. How long did it take you to write?

Six solid months for the pre-quel. I’m still working on the second book, and I have a self-imposed deadline of October 1st for completion.

8. What other books within your genre would you compare it to?

I would compare it to Bridget Asher’s “The Pretend Wife,” or Julianna Baggott and Steve Almond’s “Which Brings Me To You,” or maybe Emily Giffin’s “Heart Of The Matter.”

9. Which authors inspired you to write this book?

One of my all-time favorite authors is J.D. Robb who writes the “In Death” series featuring Eve Dallas and her spectacular leading man, Roarke. I love how she marries the futuristic police-procedural mystery with a bit of romance.

I thought I would combine a mish-mash of seventies and nineties culture, with a Nobel Prize winning, cell biologist MC who has to decide whom she should trust after having been betrayed once by both of the men in her life.

10. Tell us anything else that might pique our interest in your book.

“Reasons” and “That‘s The Way of The World“ tackle the themes of abiding love and betrayal. There is a healthy dose of conflict interwoven with life during the times when AIDS came to the forefront of health and threw a chink into the sex lives of people all over the world. If you like the music of the seventies, a bit of mystery, and a strong female main character who refused to let love derail her life’s ambition, you’ll definitely like these books.

These are the five writers I‘m tagging, whom I interact with on some of the many social networks I hang out on:

Tracey Garvis Graves
MyFanwy Collins
Nicole Wolverton
Tiffany Madison
Laura Kaye

Happy After Fourth of July Weekend, everybody!


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