I’ve been tagged in “The Next Big Thing” by author Loretta Hill. She writes fabulous novels about strong, capable women and the men who love them, in rich Australian settings. I’m instructed to tell you all about my next book by answering these questions and then to tag another author to tell you about their Next Big Thing. So here I go!
What is the working title of your next book?
My next book is called Currawong Creek, and it will be released by Penguin in June 2013.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I’ve been a foster parent for fifteen years, and am fascinated by the complicated relationship between carers, children and birth parents. I’m also a sucker for a handsome country vet! These interests come together in Currawong Creek.
What genre does your book fall under?
Rural romance/Commercial women’s fiction.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Naomi Watts for Clare Mitchell, Isabel Lucas for Shannon Brown, a young David Wenham for Tom Lord and maybe Jack Thompson for Harry.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When Brisbane lawyer Clare Mitchell becomes the unlikely carer of a little autistic boy, her life is turned upside down.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Currawong Creek will be published by Penguin, and is represented by Fran Moore of the Curtis Brown literary agency.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It took me about a year to write Currawong Creek.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I can’t think of direct comparisons with particular titles. The novel is chock full of dogs and horses though, so I’m sure that readers of Cathryn Hein and Rachael Treasure would thoroughly enjoy it.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
The beauty of Queensland’s Bunya Mountains was my initial inspiration. I wanted to set a story there.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
If you love kids, dogs, horses and the bush, you won’t go far wrong reading Currawong Creek.
I’ve tagged the lovely Karly Lane to tell you about her Next Big Thing on her blog next Wednesday 26th December. Karly is the best-selling author of North Star, Morgan’s Law and her new one, Bridie’s Choice. Can’t wait to hear what she has to say!