Blog Hop :: Next Big Thing

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.

The other writers involved are Jacky Hillary, Naomi Racz and Helen Dring.


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?

Well it’s a collection, but the most prominent theme is probably love, albeit in many different forms.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

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.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The other writers I’ve met through running CAKE have really inspired me to do this. It’s great to meet other people who are up for creating something as a collective, and putting it out there on their own without waiting for someone to come along and discover them. I thought it would be really interesting to create a collection based along a loose theme, and let each writer bring their own little world to life over a series of stories. My brief was for each writer to pitch a theme or world that they wanted to explore.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Read a little more about our chosen themes:

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.


About sarahgracelogan

Sarah Grace is an itinerant scribbler and general layabout. She runs a writing group called CAKE.shortandsweet, because any form of procrastination from actual writing is always attractive to the serious author of refined taste. When not distracted by laser pens, Sarah Grace writes novels, short stories and flash fiction, poetry, stage scripts and screenplays. She has performed her work at Stirred Poetry, Bad Language and Tongue in Cheek Manchester. Her first publication, Humping the Boonies is a self-published chapbook available directly from the author, or from Travelling Man, Manchester. You can find more details about her ongoing projects, not to mention a selection of free stories up for grabs right here on her blog. She also likes to talk about theatre, film, books, photography, and especially games and other things that involve collaborative storytelling. Sarah Grace likes feedback, in whatever form it comes.


  1. surya893

    It sounds really great! I am looking forward to it!

  2. Reblogged this on CAKE.shortandsweet and commented:

    Check out this post about our first publication!

  3. perfect: ‘joined by their love of new writing and food.’

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