Welcome to The Next Best Thing—a “blog hop” where you can check out the blogs of several authors and find out what they’re currently working on. I want to first recognize Ann Everett, author of Laid Out and Candle Lit and You’re Busting My Nuptials, two great mystery romances filled with Texas humor that’ll make you laugh out loud. If you haven’t read either of Ann’s novels yet, you need to! Thanks, Ann, for inviting me to join in this event.

Now onto the blog hop questions I’m going to answer for you today:

What is the working title of your book? 

Woolen Bikinis – It is the second book in the Jean & Rosie series. The first book is in Polyester Pajamas.

Where did the idea come from for this book?

When I began in Polyester Pajamas, I didn’t know it was going to turn into a series. I just knew I wanted to write about two women realtors, Jean and Rosie, who had opposite dispositions, and were both dealing with midlife issues. They would find themselves working side-by-side in the same office and, despite their differences, would get involved in some new exciting adventures together. Through it all, their friendship would form.

Well, not long into the manuscript, I realized that Jean & Rosie had plenty of adventures ahead of them and also plenty to say. (They keep talking in my head!) That’s when I knew there was going to be a second book Woolen Bikinis, and also a 3rd, 4th and maybe even 5th book in the series.

What genre does your book fall under?

Many refer to it as Women’s Contemporary Fiction. Since it is a fast read and the cover is kind of funky with the slippers and all, others categorized it as Chick Lit, although I believe it’s more thought-provoking than most Chick Lit novels I’ve read. A friend of mine considers it Women Centric. I really like the sound of that, so let’s go with it – it’s Women Centric.

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

Susan Sarandon would’ve been ideal for Jean, but she’s a little too old now (sorry, Susan), so I’d choose Julianne Moore. Andie Mcdowell would be perfect for Rosie. She’s so cute and sweet—it’s impossible to not like her.

As for the supporting actors—Bob, Justin, Jack, Jacob, Luanne, etc.—I haven’t a clue. Maybe I can get some suggestions?

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

When life gets “itchy”, it helps to have a best friend. (I just made that one up!)

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I do not have an agent, I represent myself, but I’m not self-published. My books are professionally edited and published by Briona Glen Publishing. They’re a small indie publisher based out of New Hampshire and represent several authors from all over.

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

The first draft of Woolen Bikinis took me about 10 months to write. I’d like to get it down to six months to complete a manuscript. That way, I can write two books a year. One of them will be a Christmas novel—I’ve always wanted to write one. Hopefully, I’ll have my first Christmas story available by next year’s holiday season.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Hmmm. Good question. I’ve never read a novel about middle-aged women who become best friends, so I really don’t know. My book, I believe, is unique in many ways.

Who and/or what inspired you to write this book?

I know a lot of middle-aged women and get plenty of inspiration just by observing them. That’s why I chose to write about middle-aged women. They are so fascinating!

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

Woolen Bikinis is filled with romance, mystery, new adventures, and surprises. And most of the characters from in Polyester Pajamas are in it. You’re going to love it!

Now it’s time to hop on over to some other blog sites and see what other authors are currently working on. Be sure to check out Dale Phillips, Eddie Kardos and Chris Stralyn next Wednesday (October 24th) when they post their own answers to the above questions. If you’re looking for a new author to read, I highly recommend all three.

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6 Responses to THE NEXT BEST THING

  1. Woolen Bikinis sounds as wonderful as In Polyester Pajamas! Keep the wonder coming, Cathy1

  2. Ann Everett says:

    Hi Cathy! Thanks for being one of my hoppers! I enjoyed reading your answers and learning more about your book. I will be purchasing it soon…waiting for my Kindle!!

    • Cathy says:

      Glad you’re finally getting a Kindle. I still prefer holding a book in my hand, but also enjoy reading on my Kindle. I know you’ll enjoy yours. Plus, it’s a helpful tool for editing!

  3. Charlotte Bartek says:

    Your style reminds me of Barbara Delinsky. I love her books, and certainly loved In Polyester Pajamas. Am anxiously awaiting Woolen Bikinis. You are a wonderful author. Keep up the good work, my friend!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks, Charlotte. It’s a compliment to be compared to Barbara Delinsky. She has a summer home in the Lakes Region and I hope to meet her someday. I’ve enjoyed several of her novels over the years.

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