The Next Big Thing

Tagged by the lovely Scarlett Valentine, so here’s my reply:

The Next Big Thing questions

What is the title of your work in progress?


Where did the idea come from for this book?

William Shakespeare’s The Tempest: yes, really. I used to teach it a lot. I love the play and its depiction of magic, but also its commentary on the life of the creator. As one of his last plays, it has that bittersweet nostalgic air.

What genre does your book fall under?

Hmmm, probably edging more toward outright erotica although there is romance in it (mènage à trois actually), but it’s as much about Miranda’s rediscovery of magic as it is about the love affair.

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

Ooh, that’s tricky. Let’s see: Tom Hiddleston as Kit Marlowe (yes, really – Kit is in it and an alternative history for him, too), maybe a young Oliver Reed as Caliban and for Miranda, hmmm…a young Ava Gardner or maybe Monica Vitti.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Sometimes the monster from your childhood becomes the challenge of a lifetime; when Miranda returns to the island she finds magic, mystery and a little madness. Sigh, needs work.

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

Oh, surely one of my publishers will be sufficiently intrigued by the story to publish it. I’m far too lazy to self-publish.

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

Still in progress. My other names are hogging all the writing time lately. I have a medieval novel to write as well! Novels vary: Chastity Flame was written in ten weeks. 

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

It’s a bit of a detour from my usual fairytales, so I’m not sure. A little bit of Shakespeare’s magic, Marlowe’s madness and a bit of the Story of O.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Oh, well I can blame Shakespeare, right? And Marlowe. And Pauline Réage — and while we’re at it, Leonor Fini. She had something to do with it as well.

What else about your book may pique the readers’ interest?

It will be magical mayhem and mènage with some B&D.

Let me tag a few folks:

Susan Hanniford Crowley

Gerri Brousseau

Isabel Roman


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