Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Next Big Thing

My lovely author friend Joan Reeves (NOBODY'S CINDERELLA) tagged me to take part in this blogging meme, and I thought it was such a fun idea! So...here goes:
What is your working title of your book? Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match

Where did the idea come from for the book? I was thinking about the whole Internet dating world and, having happily met my husband before that phenomena really existed, I've always been pretty curious about it. For fun (and with my hubby's full knowledge, LOL), I checked out a few sites like Match.com and read through a number of profiles. I thought it would be really interesting to have two characters with ulterior motives (not evil ones, mind you, just not exactly "looking for love" as their primary objective) find each other online. And the humor really came into play for me when I imagined twisting some elements from Pride and Prejudice into the story. "Lady Catherine's Love Match Website" is probably one of my favorite online creations!

What genre does your book fall under? Short Contemporary Romance

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Ohhh, I love this question! You know, considering my current addiction to "The Vampire Diaries," I've been looking for any reason to cast Ian Somerhalder in something (ha!), so I think he'd make a fabulous Dr. Will Darcy. As for my heroine, Beth Ann Bennet, I think she could be very well played by Willa Holland, who stars as the younger sister of the main character on the new TV show "Arrow."

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? A single mother and an ER doctor meet on an Internet dating site—each for reasons that have little to do with finding their perfect match—in this modern, Austen-inspired story, which is a tribute to the power of both "pride" and "prejudice" in bringing two people romantically together, despite their mutual insistence that they should stay apart...

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? This will be published through White Soup Press (a collective imprint of Austen Authors), and it'll be out in mid-January 2013!

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? The first draft took about 3 months, but I always, always need time to revise, and that often takes twice as long as the original writing.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Well, it's a light romance, so it's definitely in a similar vein to On Any Given Sundae, Double Dipping and Holiday Man. Or, for those readers familiar with the Harlequin American Romance line, it's a bit like one of those stories, too, but with an Austenesque twist ;).

Who or what inspired you to write this book? The always awe-inspiring genius of Jane Austen and a great desire to honor the 200th release of her masterpiece, Pride and Prejudice.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Whether or not a reader knows the ins and outs of Pride and Prejudice, anyone should be able to follow this story. It's only slightly based on the Austen novel and diverges greatly from it in many ways, beyond just being a modern tale. However, for those who are fans, I hope they'll find some of the character names and situations to be particularly amusing!

And now I get to tag a few awesome author friends, too, who'll be posting about their latest projects on their blogs next Wednesday the 28th. Can't wait to hear what they're working on!!
Malena Lott -- Author of SOMETHING NEW
Edie Ramer -- Author of MIRACLE LANE

This time of year always reminds me of how many people in my life I'm grateful for and how fortunate I am to get to connect with those I care about -- in person or online. Please know, I count all of you among those wonderful friends. Thank you for being so kind and supportive all year long! I wish everyone who's celebrating this week a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!

p.s. Today, as part of Bookworm2Bookworm's Blogoversary Celebration, Holiday Man is the featured book! And I'm giving away a copy there, so please stop by!


Edie Ramer said...

Marilyn, your books have such fun premises, and I love this one. I wish I'd thought of it! lol

I can see the Austenesque twist in your books, especially in your dialogue and when you're deep in your characters' thoughts. I love that that about your book. And, hey, I might steal these questions for my blog next week!

Edie Ramer said...

Ack! I just looked at your email and see that the questions are the meme. So I won't be stealing them after all.

Marilyn Brant said...

LOL, Edie!!! I'm looking forward to reading your answers to the questions - no stealing necessary! :)
And thank you for your comment about the Austenesque element in my stories. For me, that's a huge compliment.
Happy Thanksgiving!! xox

Jakki Leatherberry said...

You know I am one of your biggest fans Marilyn! Hmm, maybe I should start a fan club! ;) I get so giddy with excitement and anticipation each time you release a new novel, and this one is no exception!
Yet another reason to look forward to the new year! :)
Again, Rebecca did a marvelous job on your cover!

Amy said...

Definitely looking forward to reading this!

Robin Bielman said...

Hi Marilyn! Loved reading about your next book! I can't wait to read it and I agree with Jakki, you've got a marvelous cover!

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a wonderful long weekend! *big hugs*

Marilyn Brant said...

Thank you!! Rebecca Young is such a talented cover designer -- I really loved her work on this! And YOU were an *awesome* reader/critiquer for this upcoming story! I'm so appreciative!!

YAY!! I hope you'll like it! It was such a fun one to write :).

*BIG HUGS* back at'cha, my dear!! Thank you -- as always :). And I can't wait to read about *your* next writing project next week!

Love you, ladies!! xoxox

Amy R said...

Fun blog post! This book sounds do good. I will add it to my list to check out in January. I have enjoyed getting to know you through your blog posts on MM and on Brant Flakes. :)

Marilyn Brant said...

Amy R,
Thank you!! I really hope you'll like the book :).
Chatting with the readers and writers who visit and comment on my blog posts is my favorite part... I've enjoyed getting to know you, too!

Pamala Knight said...

Oh my goodness! That sounds like a wonderful variation on Pride and Prejudice and I can't wait to read it. Excellent interview and once again, that's a gorgeous cover.

Marilyn Brant said...

Thanks so much!! Yeah, Rebecca did a lovely job with the cover, and I'm excited to share this story, especially with my Austen-loving friends ;). We're gonna have to have a year-long celebration in honor of P&P's 200th in 2013!! xo

JOAN REEVES aka SlingWords said...

You had me at Austen-inspired! Thanks for playing along Marilyn. I'm anxiously waiting for this book. Hurry, hurry!

Wishing you and your readers a Happy Thanksgiving!

Best wishes,
Joan Reeves

Marilyn Brant said...

It was so fun to take part in this -- thank you for inviting me to join in!! And I really hope you and your family had a fabulous Thanksgiving today, too :).

Susan Heim said...

Your new book sounds great! I can't wait to read it!

Marilyn Brant said...

Thank you!!!
I really hope you'll like it ;).

Pamela Cayne said...

SQUEEEE!!!!! Not to be rude, but gimme gimme gimme!!! And double ditto what Pamala said about the cover--wonderful!!

Marilyn Brant said...

Your awesomeness is a wonderful and infinite thing, my friend!! Thank you so much ;).