This meme makes me feel a bit uncomfortable and very flattered all at the same time. Like wanting an ice-cream when you know it will make you feel sick.
Thing is, talking about, or writing about, my work in progress makes me anxious in case I jinx it, or feel that I’ve off-loaded so I don’t need to write it any more, or because I’m just generally anxious about everything.
On the other hand I’m chuffed to bits that Bridget Whelan, accomplished author and fabulous teacher, thinks that I am worthy.
So I’m clenching my teeth and all relevant muscle groups and doing it anyway.
The working title of my novel is Legacy.
The idea came out of a true story.
The genre is possibly women’s fiction (my most commercial hope), or literary fiction (in my dreams), or experimental fiction (my nightmare because who buys that?).
I really don’t know which actors I’d choose to play the lead roles. Maybe Aisling Loftus and Robert Sheehan.
My one sentence outline was:
Nineteen-year-old Frances, dreams of fresh air and a real family – everything she’s never known – until a letter from the past drags its murderous wilderness to her door.
It is sort of still the same.
Some agents are interested in it. But I really have no idea if it will be self or traditionally published. It has changed considerably since anyone in the publishing industry saw any of it. I think my book would be great with an ebook imprint, if such a thing exists yet.
I haven’t written the first draft. I’m hoping to have it completed some time next year. I’m slow.
I’ve never read anything like what I’m writing. Which is a bit of a worry. People do sometimes say that they think I come at life from a different angle. I wish it was by choice.
I am inspired to write this book because I’m enjoying writing it. It’s very absorbing and satisfying at the moment.
I don’t know what might pique the interest of readers. I think of the work I’m doing as more of a collage than a novel. I hope people will enjoy that.
The people whose Next Big Thing I would like to read about are:
Cath Bore – author, columnist and broadcaster
Amanda Jennings – author of Sworn Secret, Canvas
JustinBog – author of Sandcastle and Other Stories
Nikki Fine – prolific writer of poetry, plays and prose
Frank Egerton – published author, critic for the Financial Times, something grand at Oxford’s Bodleian Library and fabulous teacher.
The deadline’s tomorrow. Hahahahahaha.
Now I’m off to lie down. Here’s a link which explains my fragile constitution in greater depth.