The fabulous Sara Foster, author of Come Back to Me, Beneath the Shadows and most recently, Shallow Breath, recently tagged me in the Next Big Thing book meme – so here goes:
1. What is the working title of your current/next book?
I am working on a couple but the most advanced is Friday’s Fortunate Life.
2. Where did the idea come from?
I have a couple of girlfriends who are newly single and dipping their toes (and bodies) into the online dating scene. It seems a hot topic so I thought ‘why not do my own research and write about it.’ It’s been a lot of fun. Oh, and when I say ‘my own research’ I mean I have been interviewing women (and men) who have ventured into online dating. Phew.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
Chick-lit; women’s contemporary fiction; plain old fiction. Take your pick!
4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Friday – Isla Fisher;
Friday’s husband – Richard Roxburgh (but he’d have to grow his hair) or Ben Mendelsohn – he’d also have to get his hair more mussed up and shaggy!
5.What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Newly separated Friday Jones rediscovers her passion for life when several suitors compete for her affection and attention and she suddenly goes from sad to sexy. (At least I think that’s what it’s about!)
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I hope it will be published by Allen & Unwin, who have published my four previous books.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft?
About nine months!
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Friday’s Fortunate Life has a similar humorous tone to my other books…Friday is written from a first person POV whilst the secondary characters’ stories are told via third person POV. The light sub-plots are balanced by serious topics surrounding split families, raising teenagers and finding our authentic selves.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My girlfriends, advertisements for RSVP.com and eharmony! I am very curious.
10. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
Hopefully there are plenty of surprises along the way. For example, Friday’s best friend runs a divorce party business. Those scenes were great fun researching and writing. Friday’s Fortunate Life has a lot of humour (I hope) but also examines what it is like to be an older
single it’s complicated parent in the always changing twenty-first century.
That’s me done. Keep an eye on the flowing authors who I’ve tagged to talk about their Next Big Thing!
Dr Anita Heiss, www.anitaheiss.com/
Lisa Walker www.lisawalker.com.au/
And Fleur McDonald fleurmcdonald.com/blog
In the meantime, you can read lots more about Sara and her awesome books at www.sarafoster.com.au/