My gratitude to fellow author Tannis Laidlaw for inviting me to participate in this event. Click the link to learn more about her work. http://www.tannislaidlaw.com/
Next week please check out the three authors I’m recommending you explore.
1: What is the title of your book?
Every Five Minutes
I don’t want this to sound spooky, because no doubt there was something lurking in my subconscious that pushed it along…
I was actually working on another novel when, one morning in the shower, the idea came to me – complete with the unusual format, the title, main character, point of view, and first paragraphs. It was so clear to me that I knew I should get onto the writing right away – which I did that morning.
Now, I must get back to that other novel!
3. What genre does your book come under?
Fiction, novel, I say it’s a love story but not a romance.
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Ah, this question would appeal to the main character, a woman called Gina, who goes to a lot of movies. She would have decided views on it, I think. I’m not such a movie buff as she is, so my apologies to her if she doesn’t agree.
Gina: Since it is set in Auckland, one of our marvellous Kiwi actresses would be appropriate. Robyn Malcolm, Greer Robson-Kirk, Jennifer Ward-Lealand or Tandi Wright would all be excellent. Otherwise – Sandra Bullock would be good.
Mark: Again, we have a host of excellent Kiwis – Shane Cortese, Craig Parker, Anthony Starr (aged a few years), Jared Turner, Karl Urban, Aaron Ward, and many more. Otherwise – Hugh Jackman.
Electra: White standard poodle.
5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A woman and a remarkable man, the colour cornflower blue, a white dog, beaches, parks, coffee, flowers, polished stones, a unicorn and a swan, words, theatre, movies, music, and love.
6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
Published by indie publisher Flaxroots Productions.
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About 3 months.
8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Maybe Love Story by Erich Segal. It’s several decades since I read that, so I hope I’m remembering it right. It’s not my usual sort of reading, so I can’t suggest others. I’d like to read more so if, after reading it, you’ve got some suggestions please let me know.
9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
See question 2 above. Steam from the shower getting into my head? Perhaps subconscious thoughts about what women really want – a man who understands them, is truly supportive, and accepts them as they are.
10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Extra facts you’ll learn along the way, such as – dogs have ten more teeth than humans; irises need soil that’s slightly alkaline ; fish don’t need bicycles; diamonds are not all composed of carbon; C-3PO and R2D2 were two of only four characters who appeared in all six Star Wars movies; if two of its trigger hairs are touched a venus flytrap closes in less than a second; the horn of a unicorn has the power to neutralize poison and heal the one poisoned; keys to baking a successful lemon meringue pie; the meaning of kalopsia, Chipzenburgian and a few other unusual words.
Where to find it -
Every Five Minutes is available as an e-book or tree-book.
ebook from (international) www.amazon.com (US$2.99), www.amazon.co.uk £3.08), www.kobo.com (C$3.50)
(New Zealand) www.amazon.com, www.wheelers.co.nz
tree-book from (international) www.amazon.com (US$14.95), http://www.amazon.co.uk/ (£8.51),
(New Zealand) Unity Books Auckland, order at your favourite bookshop, www.wheelers.co.nz, www.allbooksnz.com, www.tlsnz.co.nz/
via this site, or see TradeMe (c. $16)
Joanne Wadsworth http://joannewadsworth.com/
Miles Hughes http://www.mileshughes.co.nz/
Jenny Argante http://arganteliteraryservices.webs.com/apps/blog/