Welcome to week 25 of Blog Hop!
Before Twilight, Stephenie Meyers was just another unknown writer. And before Hunger Games, I had never heard of Suzanne Collins. It stands to reason that there are thousands of fantastic stories out there waiting to be discovered, some published and some still being written. This blog hop is like a big game of tag, and I was tagged by Debra Erfert. I jumped at the chance to give my little blog more readership and to give Deb’s Firestarters a shout out. You can read more about Debra Erfert and her book HERE. Her site is a great place to join the blog hop, already in progress. Check out the other authors. I was impressed by several of them!
This blog hop includes ten questions to help you learn more about an author’s current work in progress, so here’s a little info about my current project:
My “book” is more like a leaflet since it’s a short short story, but it’s called For God So Loved the One.
Where did the idea come from for the book?It’s a true account of a life-changing experience I had as a new Relief Society president. (A real Christmas miracle!) It’s also story I’ve long wanted to share, so I’m grateful Covenant gave me the chance this year.
What genre does your book fall under?Creative nonfiction and inspiration. Creative because I changed peoples’ names and made up dates that I couldn’t clearly remember. Inspiration because the only part that matters – my conversion and that of a woman who became a dear friend – are absolutely true.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?Since I was young at the time it happened I’d cast . . . um . . . Amanda Seyfried. There is no resemblance whatsoever between us then or now, but she’s adorable.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?The title: God truly does love the one – every one.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?It was published by the best LDS publishers on the planet: Covenant Communications, Inc.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?About an hour--and it was the only draft of my manuscript. But I’m sure my wonderful editor (shout out to Samantha!) spend much more time fixing it!
What other books/authors would you compare this story to within your genre?It’s not dissimilar from a book I published last Christmas: Angels Bending Near the Earth. (I’m anxiously awaiting a miracle this Christmas. If it doesn’t happen, next year I’ve got nothing!)
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?I love that I tend to sell them in sets of 5 – 25 because so many people read it then want to give copies as gifts. I also love that Covenant made them so they they fit into standard social envelopes and are inexpensive to mail. This makes them more economical than any Hallmark card on the market – and you can give friends and family a whole story in a Christmas card!
Upcoming is a list of authors who will be joining the hop for week 26. I hope you’ll visit their blogs next week and learn more about their books. Maybe one of them will become your new favorite author!