Wednesday, December 19, 2012

My Next Big Thing

I know, unusual for me to post on a Wednesday, but here I am.
Rick Daley tagged me for this meme (and sent me an email to boot) so I just had to participate.

What is the title of your next book?

THE EARL'S ENGAGEMENT.

Where did the idea for the book come from? 

As Monster says when she gets ideas, "From my brain." No, seriously, when I was writing THE LADY'S FATE, I found the Earl of Bailey so intriguing, I just had to write a story about him.

What genre does your book fall under?

Historical romance, or Regency romance.

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



Rosamund Briden
Earl of Bailey

Lady Briden


Lord Briden
Gibbs, the butler

(All photos courtesy of the International Movie Data Base and PBS and A&E Movie website.)


What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Good question. I have no idea. I haven't worked that out yet.

When Lord Bailey decides to act as fake fiance' for a friend, falling in love with her was not part of the plan. 

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

Self-published.

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

I'm not quite done with it yet. About 30K more words to go. I started it back in May, but with moving and fixing up the old house it was a rough summer. I've had more time in the last two weeks and have been banging out amazing word counts (even for me) because I just want to get it done.

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

Hmmm.... I don't really know. I don't think I've read anything like it recently. Then again, I haven't actually had time to read anything in a long time. It's a stand alone novel but within a series. It's considered a sweet romance because there's no sex, but there is lots of yearning. 

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

When I met Lord Bailey, I always knew I wanted to use him in his own book. But I had no real story. Then last Christmas I heard from my childhood best friend. I asked after her parents (the Bridens) and they had both passed away. Incredibly sad for me to hear. They were such great people. So I decided to use George and Mildred as the parents of my heroine so they will live on in my memory (and I suppose the annals of history.) This book will be dedicated to them. (And the "real" Lord Bailey. He too is a real person.)

What else about the book might pique the readers' interest?

This is not a fluffy light sweet historical. This particular book deals with some very real present day issues like old age, poverty in the midst of wealth, family dynamics, sexual harassment, and what strengths we use to overcome diversity.



I'm trying to get the e-version out right after Christmas. It will also be in paperback in the spring.

Thanks for stopping by.

16 comments:

Rick Daley said...

Glad to see you took me up on the challenge! 30k to go, then revisions. I'm in about the same boat.

I like that you are injecting some real life drama over top of the romance, that helps to raise the stakes and makes the story more appealing than simple yearning.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I agree with Rick with the real life drama. That will make the story more intriguing.

Have a great holiday season, Anne. :D

Linda G. said...

Nice cast!

I love Monster's answer to where ideas come from. I think I'm going to say that from now on. *grin*

Merry Christmas to you and yours, and I wish you much happiness in 2013.

Stacy McKitrick said...

"From my brain." I love that response!

Maybe sharing all this information will give you the motiviation you need to finish.

Good luck!

Johanna Garth said...

LOVE Gibbs the Butler and would go see anything he's in!

Hannah Kincade said...

You're making me want to watch Downton Abbey now. *shakes fist*

Sarah Ahiers said...

First off: Definitely what hannah said.

Second: I still love the premise for this one! Also, i liked the actor you picked for the Earl

Ann Carbine Best said...

You say that "This is not a fluffy light sweet historical. This particular book deals with some very real present day issues like old age, poverty in the midst of wealth, family dynamics, sexual harassment, and what strengths we use to overcome diversity." This really piques my interest as I'm getting "older." Great actors you've chosen for the "parts." Get it done .... AFTER you have a wonderful Christmas!!
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Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Sounds like another winner, especially with the grittier topics you're tackling in it. Woo-HOO, and you're planning a paperback edition this time, too. Good for you!

Talli Roland said...

'From my brain', haha! I'm going to start using that. :)

Love the title.

Anne Gallagher said...

Thanks so much everyone for stopping by today.

This book is the reason I'm so hit or miss on the blogs lately. I've been trying to finish it.

Liza said...

Yay!

Bossy Betty said...

Yowza! Good stuff. Love that you are tackling some gritty issues. Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog this morning. I appreciated it!

Rebecca Kiel said...

I love your "cast"! Historical romance is buzzing in my ear lately. Perhaps I need to pick one up!

Al said...

Sounds like you have a fair bit of work cut out for you!

Tammy Theriault said...

that was funny when you said you don't have a synopsis and you totally busted out a great one! love your blog! new follower, hi!