What’s in Mrs. Hale’s Receipt for the Million 1857?
4094. The Author –Give yourself the natural rein/ think on no pattern, no patron, no paper, no press, no public; think on nothing but follow your own impulse.
The Next Big Thing
If you just got here and you think you are lost, don’t worry. I always quote from Mrs. Hale’s Receipt for the Million, which belonged to my great-grandmother. All very homey advise, but I discovered recently that she is the editor of Godey’s Lady Book.
But I digress. Today, we are having a blog tour in which a bundle of writers are talking about their WIP (work in progress). There are several wonderful writers here.
First, let me thank Susan Taitel for inviting me to the blog hop. I think I’m ready to go.
***Answer these ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress) on your blog
***Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.
Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I’ve always admired the early hikers and mountain climbers in the Pacific NW around 1900 -1910. They didn’t let a skirt get in their way. After reading a help book for new wives entitled What Every Young Wife Should Know, which did not help and What Every Young Husband Should Know that had blatant sexist, I decided to write about a young,loving couple in this time period.
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Have no clue, really. Just good faces and the ability to look like they belong out in the woods. Caroline would be pretty, an upper middle class girl, who CAN climb mountains and Bob would look strong, outdoorsy and Norwegian. Good parts for character actors abound.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A “New Woman” of the early 20th century’s desire to be a wife, a mother and a member of the mountaineering community is challenged by the realities of life and love.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’ve decided for this novel, the prequel to Tree Soldier, I will self-publish again. But if it got picked up I would be happy.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I wrote about this fictional area in Tree Soldier, set during the Great Depression. The development of the Forest Service in the 1907 and the clash between loggers and early conservationists help fuel the story.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Women’s right to vote and family planning in the from of “voluntary motherhood” has its place in progressive ideas about protecting the mountains and forests. Early mountaineering clubs composed of men and women, were in the forefront of these movements. Caroline, my protagonist, wants it all, but reality can get in the way.
Now Hop away to some really great writers
Find out about their WIPs and their ten questions.
Heidi Thomas, WILLA and EPIC Award winner
Gae Polisner, YA author of The Pull of Gravity and her WIP