Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Christy Olesen: The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Christy Olesen: The Next Big Thing

Thank you Mae Claire for tagging me for The Next Big Thing Blog Hop. Even though I'm in the middle of a workshop with Make-You-Think Challenges (read: homework) I jumped on the chance to participate. BTW, Mae Claire is the author of WEATHERING ROCK, a novel of romantic suspense interwoven with elements of time travel the paranormal. Intriguing, huh? It's on my TBR list .

The Next Big Thing blog hop poses a series of questions to writers about their current WIP. These writers then tag several other authors to join the hop.

Here's my Qs&As:

What is the working title of your book?
The working title was I PROMISED YOU A HAPPY ENDING. But that's kinda long so the I decided on A DADDY FOR LUKE.

Where did the idea of the book come from?
Stories usually start for me with scenarios that drift around in my head. In this case I wondered what would happen if a man who was popular writer was attracted to a woman who was legally blind.

What genre does your book fall under?
Most of my books are tender contemporary romance. I like to work on the emotions of someone experiencing a change in their supposed life path. Changes that involve loss (their old life, or goals, or dreams) and the discovery of a new and more fulfilling path.

Which actor would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
That’s hard to say as I don’t watch many movies and I’m not real familiar with the latest generation of actors. I do make model sheets, though.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
This is always the hard part.
David Winston  returns to Center City to help out a friend but plans to leave immediately afterward before someone recognizes him and brings up his past, which could ruin his future, but then he meets Sandy Archer.  

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I find the turnaround time for traditional submission is soooo long. I could be 90 before I break through. I recently indie published my first novel (third mss) HER SCOTTISH CEO, and I like having creative control. A DADDY FOR LUKE has done its rounds and as soon as I have it professionally edited, I will indie publish it.

How long did it take you to finish the first draft of your project?
I can usually have a first draft in four to five weeks writing evenings and weekends. I write short, around 60k. It’s the rewrites and revisions that take so long. This is my eighth completed mss. 

What other books would you compare this story to in your genre?
I can’t think of one in particular, but it would fit in with the category romances, like the Harlequin Romance and American Romance lines.

Who or what inspired you to write this story?
I wanted to see what it would take for a character to decide to stay somewhere that was threatening to him and his career. David left Center City years before after being wrongly accused of a crime. He’s afraid if his past is dug up it will ruin his future. Meeting Sandy gives him two reasons to stay in Center City longer. One, she’s a cub reporter and he’s afraid she’ll dig up his past if he doesn't give her the interview she wants, and, two, she’s just too adorable.

What else about your book may pique readers’ interest?
There are some scenes that will make you laugh and some that will make you cry. This story introduces the setting of several of my books, which I call the Cottonwood County Chronicles. Each story as some connection to the small town newspaper the Cottonwood County Chronicle. I also have a series coming up centering around the Cottonwood County Sheriff’s Office.

I would like to TAG the following authors/bloggers, mostly because I want to know what's THE NEXT BIG THING they're working on.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Another edition published

Now Available for Nook! HER SCOTTISH CEO

 HER SCOTTISH CEO is on Kindle!

I also uploaded my 1976 hand-lettered and hand-drawn booklet Pet Rock Sex Manual, A Parody! It's a hoot.
Now on Nook too.

Next, HSCEO on paperback.

It's really frustrating formatting for print on Word when I'm used to the high-end publishing software, InDesign. I hope it doesn't take me to look to get the paper book edition on line.

Saturday, November 17, 2012


Finally, my book HER SCOTTISH CEO is on Kindle! Yea!!

I also uploaded my 1976 hand-lettered and hand-drawn booklet Pet Rock Sex Manual, A Parody! It's a hoot. 

Next, I'll get both on-line for Nook, etc., and HSCEO in paperback.

I've worked around the computer problems that happened when I upgraded my system and didn't know some of my vital programs wouldn't work with it. Note to me: research before upgrading anything. I love the new OS, just wish I'd learned before hand what I would lose. I'm trying GIMP in place of Photoshop. So far it does what I need it to do.

I've let a few friends and family know my news and today I'll send out more announcements via FB and Twitter. I made my Author's page on Kindle and I'll make one on Goodreads and Nook. Then maybe I can get back to actual writing. I'll have more time for that now that winter weather is approaching and I don't need to spend so much time saving the landscaping from the drought.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Two steps forward 12 steps back...

I consider myself fairly able to navigate new software. I've been working as a graphic artist over 20 years and have gone through program changes and upgrade with hardly ever cracking a users manual. I've owned my own computers since 1991 and have gone through several changes there, too. So, why is it so hard to format an ebook for upload? Because there're no clear instructions out there. I've searched them all. I've spent hours on my home computer after spending hours on my work computer. 
My October 15 publication date has passed. My mss was ready, but getting the files to work properly is the kicker. 
Hopefully this will be the week. I'm close. If I can't get all formats to work, I'll publish them one at a time as I get them to work.