The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

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.

The Rules:

***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:

What is the working title of your book?

Timber Rose
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?

Historical fiction
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?

A year.
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


4 thoughts on “The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

  1. Hi Janet!

    So nice to visit your blog! Your work sounds fascinating, especially in terms of portraying such strong women in a time when women’s rights were definite works-in-progress. This blog hop was such a great idea – I’ve learned so much about my cyberpals and the great things they’re up to 🙂

    • Thanks. It’s an interesting time. Women got the vote in WA state in 1910. And the hiking clubs made our national parks possible. 1/2 the members of the Mountaineers in Seattle were women.

  2. I’m a fellow blog hopper for this week. Hope you don’t mind, but Dana was kind enough to post links on her blog so I made my way on over.

    I’m not going to lie – this doesn’t sound like something I’d normally read, but in spite of that, this sounds pretty interesting and original. Never thought about it, but I guess women hike/climb those big mountains too and have no doubt been doing it for just as long as the men have! Even with modern technology and conveniences that climbers have today, climbing is still dangerous. I can’t imagine the guts and determination it would have taken – for a woman especially! – to do it a hundred years ago! What a neat premise! Good luck with publishing!

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