My friend and fellow author Kenya tagged me in this post with the understanding that I would pay it forward as is indicated in the above title. The idea is that as authors, we all introduce our readers to other authors they might not have discovered up until now. It is also a way to remind you that hey! I’m an author too! So before I introduce you to others, allow me to answer the four questions that also go with being tagged in this blog hop.
Question no. 1) What are you working on?
I have an idea percolating about a woman who is a real estate developer but gets carried away buying up empty lots because she… what? I’m not sure what is motivating her to get in over her head. All I know is that her husband or boyfriend ( I’m not sure which he is) has concerns and no doubt this is going to become an issue in their relationship. I really have only just come up with this, but I’m curious to see where it leads.
no. 2 How does your work differ from others in the genre?
My novels are generally optimistic even when the characters are struggling. I think in life, humor is in everything, even when surrounded by a fair amount of drama. I also work hard not to write too predictably. Sure, there are some common denominators, but I don’t want my readers to see something happen and know for certain what is going to happen next.
no.3 Why do you write what you write?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I never know what is going to happen with my characters and like any reader, I want to find out. These ideas come to me and I am compelled to see what happens next.
no. 4 How does your writing process work?
Lately I have been taking long walks, and the other day I came across this empty lot at the top of a long hill. As I was catching my breath, I looked at the for sale sign and then at the incredible views, thinking you could build a great house here. I also thought if you walked up that hill every day you’d have a great exercise program. Suddenly I had an image of someone telling their significant other that they had bought a $500,000 lot as an exercise plan, and viola! an idea was born. I came home and wrote the opening lines, and when I get back to it (hopefully this week), I’ll see what develops.
Okay, so now onto others. First off, there is of course Kenya G Johnson, author of The Christopher Chronicles. It’s a book for adults – a coffee table book of sorts – the sort you can pick up, read and get a good laugh from. You can buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1479206741/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1479206741&linkCode=as2&tag=heresthethin-20
You can also check out her blog here: http://www.kenyagjohnson.com/blog/2014/6/20/paying-it-forward
Next is Claire Hennessy or Crazy California Claire http://clairehennessy.blogspot.com/ Trust me when I tell you that she is hilarious. She is soon to publish her first book, and I for one cannot wait! In the meantime, she has been included in the book Mamas Write: 29 Tales of Truth, Wit, and Grit and you can get your copy here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0615964842/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_z03qtb0X9PWXH
I’m probably supposed to tag others but I realized that other than Kenya, Claire is the only one I can think of with a book out right now. Perhaps if you follow both of them, they will be able to introduce you to even more good reads. and of course you can get my latest novel Crashing Into Us here: http://www.amazon.com/Crashing-Into-Us-Bridget-Straub-ebook/dp/B00GQIWUNA/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403406100&sr=1-1&keywords=crashing+into+us