The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Missy Welsh was nice enough to tag me last week for this fun little “blog hop” so I could give some information on my work-in-progress ;) So here we go:

What is the working title of your book?

Splinters

Where did the idea come from for the book?

This photo (NSFW) ;) It’s actually the opening scene of the story because my imagination just had to know how on earth this guy got here and why.

What is the genre of the book?

Erotic gay romance with sort of a suspenseful plot line and cowboys.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I think Ben Barnes would be lovely as the main character, Allan Seville, but we’d have to shave his head and I don’t think he’d like that very much. I’ve always thought of Duke Walters, Al’s love interest, as a sort of cross between Tom Selleck and my Jazz. They’re both really handy during rescues, all kinds of cuddly and furry, and they have super cute grins.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

(Oh this is going to be painful… {ahem} OK…) After 10 years as a model and one acting credit, Allan Seville is questioning whether his life is on the right track just before he finds himself drugged and abducted to the middle of nowhere and right into the arms of a kind, patient, wickedly sexy rancher willing to give Allan whatever he needs to be safe and happy.

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

I’m still not sure yet. I’ve discovered pros and cons for both methods. I like having the freedom to do whatever I like by self-publishing, but the publishers have a wider audience for marketing. I guess it comes down to whether I want to write for the fun of it or for a profit, so I haven’t decided yet.

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

I’m not done with a full first draft, but it’s been about a year’s worth of thinking, planning and writing.

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

OMG I wouldn’t! I don’t want to sound like I’m full of myself by picking books so much better than what this actually is.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Well, the photo started the plot bunnies breeding, and then the people in my writing group encouraged me to keep going after I offered up the opening scene. I’ve always like writing, but never really thought I’d write a book until after I started blogging, so even more encouragement from commenters has helped me keep going too.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Allan’s a fashion model who recently wrapped his first role in a movie and is out touring the country to promote that movie. He wakes up one morning in a field like in that photo, can’t remember a thing about how he got there, and soon discovers he’s on Duke Walters’ ranch when Duke unties him. It’s lust at first sight, but soon Duke is the only thing that makes Al feel safe while local law enforcement investigate Al’s abduction. The story’s mostly about Al and Duke getting to know each other, figure out what happened, and then, once the abductor is revealed, Al has some serious decisions to make about his future and whether Duke will be in it. I’m hoping it’ll be a snarky, sweet, sexy and satisfying read people won’t mind paying for.

Next week, L.C. Chase will have her “Next Big Thing” post ready to keep this hop going. Thanks for visiting! :D

21 thoughts on “The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

  1. Pingback: The next big thing? | Emily's Tea Leaves

  2. I’m so looking forward to reading your story Thorny! Ready and waiting….:)

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  3. Oh yes, Ben Barnes is lovely. :-). Shame to shave off that gorgeous hair for the role though. ;-)
    Write, Thorny, Write! :-D

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  4. Really looking forward to the finished product of Splinters. But, take your time there’s no rush. *hugs*

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  5. As with all your many fans, I too have been anxiously awaiting the final touches on what is sure to be a fabulous story, Thorny. Too bad that photo cannot grace the cover, but I fear even ebooks haven’t come that far! Oh well…. :)

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  6. I like the sound of this very much, Thorny! That photo is definitely intriguing. ;)

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  7. What form would you like the book to be published in, E boork or paper?

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    • Ian, it’ll be an ebook. I don’t think it’ll have enough pages to be worth it to print based on the prices I’ve seen. I’m not done yet, but I don’t think it’ll be more than 40K words and print looks like it’s best when there are 100K+ words.

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  8. “snarky, sweet, sexy and satisfying” – couldn’t ask for anything more! :)

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  9. Very nice, Sunshine! I’ve enjoyed the super sexy excerpts you’ve shown us this past year, but knowing law inforcement is out looking for Al’s abductor, and finds him, has added the depth to the story sure to make it a best seller. Good luck! Can’t wait to read it. :)

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  10. Okay, first…does the picture have anything to do with the title? Because I could totally see him getting some splinters in unwanted places. :-p

    And second…god damn, this sounds like a smexy and intriguing read. Can’t wait, Thorny!!

    As for self-pub, I would think you’d make about the same amount of money. You get a larger cut but you reach a much smaller audience and you have to work your butt off to promote your work. Of course, you’re already an Internet sensation, so it wouldn’t be too difficult (ha! I avoided the word ‘hard’) for you.

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  11. That photo has left me speechless…excuse me while I put my tongue back in my mouth and collect my thoughts…

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  12. I can hardly wait to read it, however you publish it!!!
    It sounds really good!

    Happy writing and thanks for sharing this :-)

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  13. Count me in as a buyer as well! And for whichever way you decide to publish I keep you my fingers crossed that it’ll be a success!

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  14. I’m buying it! Can’t wait. You may have posted this before but can you tell us why you chose that title?

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    • Mary, in the opening scene, Al get some splinters in his tush and Duke helps get them back out again ;) Pretty sure my first thought when I saw that photo was about getting splinters, but also there’s the fact Al gets “splinters” of memory back throughout the story.

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  15. I’ve gone both ways, being published and self-publishing. As you point out, there are pros and cons to both. In general, I think you’re correct: you have to decide if you’re writing for money or pleasure (some self-published books make a LOT of money, but most sink like a stone <–that would be me so far).

    There is nothing quite like the thrill of having a publisher accept your submission, though. :) It's instant confirmation that your writing is "good enough."

    Whichever way you go, best of luck!

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  16. Oh yeah. Me too! I’m buying this book! I’m ready whenever you are Thorny. But take your time, no pressure here. Seriously! We want you to enjoy writing so you’ll keep doing it.

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  17. Thorny, I CAN’T WAIT for this book!!! I think as far a publishing goes, you should be completely comfortable with what you decide, you have a lot of fans already, through this blog and at goodreads so I don’t think self-publishing would hurt you. Between the followers here wanting to read and then telling their friends and so on, you would have a good size audience :)

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  18. Seriously, the more you talk about Splinters, the more I want to read it. Just know that, whatever way you decide to go with the publishing, I will be obtaining. Thanks T!

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