The Next Big Thing

I have been nominated to take part in The Next Big Thing, by Mark Ethridge. Thanks so much for tagging me, buddy!

Q1. What is the title of your Work in Progress?

I have two works in progress at the moment, but the one that is closest to completion is The Duality Principle.

Q2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

The first inklings of this story started creeping into my head when I was crossing a busy street in my hometown in the middle of summer. It was the kind of day when you could see heat rising up from the pavement. A man riding a motorcycle was waiting at the stoplight as I crossed, and there seemed to be so much heat and power hidden behind his leather riding clothes and helmet. From there, the idea morphed into the story of Gabriella, and the MIT mathematician who struggles with her desires for raw, unrestrained passion, and Connor, the man who changes everything for her.

Q3.  What genre does your book fall under?

I like to call it erotica for intellectuals, lol.

Q4.  Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Gabriella: Hayden Panettiere.
Connor: Jared Padalecki

(see my mock book cover!)

Q5.  What is a one-sentence synopsis of the book?

Gabriella Evans’ life exists in terms of definitions, but once she meets Connor Starks, a rebel with a haunted past, all her logic begins to fail her.

Q6.  Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

At this point it’s hard to say. It’s a novella, a little over 15K. I’m planning to submit to some small publishers and see how it goes.

Q7.  How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

It took most of the summer of 2012, mainly because I was working on several other projects at the same time, and needed to travel to do some research in the town where the story is set.

Q8.  What other books would you compare this story to in your genre?

It resonates with Charlotte Stein’s novella, Sheltered, which I adore. (Charlotte was kind enough to preread this story for me, which made me jump up and down and squee.) The way her characters in that story slowly reveal themselves to one another, pulling back the layers they show to everyone else and exposing a tiny bit of their souls, really struck a nerve with me. I hope I have achieved that with Connor and Gabriella.

Q9.  Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Connor is very loosely based on some elements of my husband, but my real inspiration comes from the struggle many of us face in learning to accept the different sides of ourselves. The duality principle is first and foremost a mathematical theory, but it also applies to the parts of ourselves we let others see, and those elements we shy away from, and keep tucked away. There is so much freedom in being accepted by someone else, in finding a mirror of your passion in them, and the powerful release that union brings.

Q10.  What else about your book might piqué the reader’s interest?

Here’s my full book blurb:

Gabriella Evans’ life exists in terms of definitions.

Logic is where Gabriella feels most comfortable. She studies things like geometry, algebra, and quantum physics.  Holed up in the tiny seaside town of Portland, Maine to prepare her thesis disproving the Duality Principle, Gabriella needs to get her head on straight. She grapples with her own dirty fantasies – ones her previous boyfriends have never fulfilled.

What Gabriella wants makes no sense. The things she craves in bed are completely the opposite of how she acts in life, in her studies, in her career aspirations. She searches to find proof that she cannot be both a successful mathematician, and still long for the dominating, careless bad boy.

But once she meets Connor Starks, a rebel with a haunted past, all her logic begins to fail her.

I’ll make an announcement if/when this story gets picked up by a publisher. Keep your fingers crossed for me! Now, I am nominating five other fabulous writers (and previous judges of my Sinful Sunday flash fiction contest) for The Next Big Thing:

Warren AshleyRebecca KovarAllison WinchesterJeanette Grey and Helena Hunting

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