Thank you to the lovely Louise Gibney for tagging me in her Blog Hop! Louise is a novelist, blogger and generally brilliant person who wrote Girl Meets Boys, and is now working on her own Next Big Thing.
The first book I’ll be self-publishing, and my Next Big Thing, is a short story collection by myself and three good friends. It will be released in early 2013, and it will be awesome.
What is the working title of your next book?
It’s called Recipe, which we felt got across the idea of a few different ingredients (the writers) being combined to make something delicious and awesome (the book). Quite a few of the stories feature food as a theme too, so it just kind of clicked.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
CAKE.shortandsweet was ticking along pretty well, and I decided that I wanted to do something that was both bigger and smaller at the same time. The book is obviously much bigger than a typical issue and has more stories from each writer, but it also allows each writer to take their own theme and draw it out, and really explore their subject matter. I put out a call for writers to get involved and ended up with these three wonderful women.
What genre does your book fall under?
Recipe is a short story collection by four emerging authors, joined by their love of new writing and food.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’m intending to have a go at self-publishing it in the new year. We’ll be publishing as an ebook and potentially in hard copy later on.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
We started pitching ideas about in August, though really the drafts of the stories have been crammed in around our lives; full time jobs, novels, NaNoWriMo, etc. So it’s been a slow process for a comparatively short collection.
Sarah Grace Logan opens her heart in a semi-autobiographical series about family dysfunction and bewildered love.
Jacky Hillary shows us the effect of immaculate conception on two women’s long-standing relationship.
Helen Dring explores the lives and emotions of five different women through their relationships with food.
Naomi Racz crosses time and space to explore the possibilities of love.
and finally, an excerpt:
He spears a marshmallow on a thin, sturdy stick collected specially, and settles, contented like a hen coming to roost. The stick sits warm and comfortable in his hand while the stream laughs away. He holds the marshmallow over the flames, watching it blacken, sugar crimping.
from Humping the Boonies by Sarah Grace Logan
We’re going to be releasing some free review copies in the new year, once we have a final draft of the collection.
I’m going to tag my three fellow writers, if they’d like to take up the baton – though I’ve selfishly already covered Recipe! I’ll leave it up to them if they’d like to post about it with their own excerpt though.