Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Next Big Thing


It's been quite some time since I've posted here, but thanks to Clare O'Donohue, I have something to share. It's called "The Next Big Thing." Last week Clare posted her answers to questions on her blog and today it's my turn. I was supposed to tag other authors to do this for next week, but in the holiday busy-ness it slipped my mind. Sort of like a chain letter, I guess. And I just broke it.


In any case... I'm game for answering the questions that have been posed. If you're interested, please have a look:

What is the title of your next book? 
My next book is FONDUING FATHERS. It comes out Monday (not Tuesday, as I originally wrote here. Thanks, Rene!), which also happens to be New Year's Eve.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
This is the sixth in the White House Chef Mystery series and it continues Olivia's (Ollie's) adventures. This time she's looking into her own past even though she may not like what she finds.

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

I'd go with America Ferrara for Ollie
Jonathan Harris (Dr. Zachary Smith from Lost in Space) or David Hyde Pierce for Peter Everett Sargeant
I'd love my husband to play Gav... if my husband could act. We've tested those waters and he'll be the first to admit it's not his thing.
The current First Family could play the First Family in the book. The only problem is that their fictional counterparts have one daughter, one son, not two daughters. Do you think Sasha would mind?

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Olivia must reach out to her father’s colleagues to discover the truth behind his murder...what she’s about to discover may not only put her at risk, but threaten national security as well.

Will your book be self-published?
No. All the White House Chef Mysteries (and my Manor House Mysteries) are published by Berkley Prime Crime, a division of Penguin Books.

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

Three months.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
A deadline inspired me. Deadlines work like magic - every time!

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
Most times when Ollie gets into trouble, it's because she's trying to right a wrong, or help someone else. This time, she's on a very personal quest. The stakes this time are very, very high.

Thanks for reading!!

Other friends Clare tagged are:
Mollie Cox Bryan
Tony Perona
I hope you swing by their sites!

PS - I'm not sure if I mentioned this here before, but I have an author page on Facebook - here. I'd appreciate you stopping by and "liking" it. I post lots of book updates there, both mine and those of my friends.