The rules are: 1) You must give credit to the person who tagged you with her/his URL/link; 2) you must answer ten questions relative to your WIP (Work In Progress); 3) you must name five other authors and their URL/links who can merrily jump through these same hoops.

1.) I was “tagged” by Cameron D. Garriepy, who is lovely and fantastic and all sorts of adjectives that mean she’s one of my favorite people. And not just because she trusts her manuscripts to my editing skills.

2.) Here come the questions…

One: What is the title (or, working title) of your next book?

The WIP I’m actively working on these days is untitled so I’m going to answer these questions using Finding Agnes.

Two: What genre(s) does/do your book fall under? (Or, land really near!)

Realistic or literary fiction with a hint of mystery.

Three: What actors would you choose to play the characters in the film version of your book?

Agnes: Ginnifer Goodwin; David: Sam Rockwell; Matilda: Saoirse Ronan or Jennifer Lawrence

Four: What is the main outline of your book? (Call it a ‘pitch’ as a synopsis includes ‘spoilers.’)

Agnes, a troubled woman, abandons her husband and their three-year-old daughter in the middle of the night. Finding Agnes tells the story of her daughter, Matilda, who spends her adolescence trying to find out about the woman her mother was, and where she might be now.

Five: Will your book be Indie published, self-published, or represented by an agency and sold to a traditional publisher?

My goal in life is to be published by a traditional publisher. However, with indie and self publishing becoming so common, I wouldn’t be opposed to checking into that option at some point.

Six: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I wrote a large chunk of it over several months last year. Then I wrote the rest of it during the month of November for NaNoWriMo. Cumulatively, it probably took me about 4 months to write the complete first draft.

Seven: What other books in this genre (or genres) would you compare yours to?

White Oleander is the first one that comes to mind.

Eight: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The first inspiration for this story started with just a name. After watching Despicable Me, I fell in love with the name Agnes. Then I took a creative writing class at the community college where one of my assignments was to write something based off some photos that had been cut-out from magazines. I wrote a quick little story about this young woman in a bar searching for a woman. She talks to a man who knows the woman she’s searching for, and there is a hint at the end that the woman might be dead. Using various prompts from Write on Edge, I started diving more into the story until it really started to come together in my mind. A lot has changed since that first introduction to Matilda and the search for her mother, but that’s one of the great things about writing. Even the author doesn’t always know where it’s going to go until it gets there.

Nine: What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

I’ve been posting bits and pieces about this WIP for so long, but even regular readers of my blog will find surprises once the final draft is completed. A lot has changed since that young woman stepped into the bar looking for the woman in the photograph.

Ten: Teaser! There is no question ten…

Tricky, tricky…

3.) This was much more than fun than the ones that just ask questions about me. The rules say I have to tag people, but I think I’ll just include links to writers I adore. Be sure to check them out:

Spilled Milk (and other atrocities)

Kirsten Piccini

Kameko Murakami

The Robot Mommy

Lance Burson

Angela Amman

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3 comments on “Tag.”

  1. Cameron

    I hope we do see Finding Agnes on shelves somewhere! I’ve loved the bits I’ve read here along the way. Thanks for sharing more about it with us, and of course, for taking my “tag” to heart! 🙂

  2. Kameko Murakami

    Since both you and Cameron were putting me on the list, I thought I’d better do one of these things too. It’s not my usual blog content, but hey! I reserve the right to do what I want to, when I want to.

    I’m so insufferable.

  3. Kir

    I don’t think I’ll ever see my books on a shelf somewhere…but I do want to tell you (and the other 3 readers) about a book that I’ve been thinking about writing for almost 14 years now.

    So I’ll link you, later today, when I finish the post.

    I am going to READ< SHARE < and treasure my copy of FINDING AGNES (I LOVE that title)

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