Guest blogging -- Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing

I've been invited to join in a blog-a-rama by Terry Price and Cindy Corpier -- thanks so much, y'all! Here are the questions and my answers. Check out their sites for their answers! Enjoy!

What is your working title of your book (or story)?  Laws of Migration, out last month.

Where did the idea come from for the book? It was an amalgamation of ideas, actually. One was relationships and how the different lens through which we each see the world has such an effect on what we think/believe/act on; another was the idea of "how the could the best thing be the worst thing/how could the worst thing be the best thing"; and the overarching idea was about birds -- watching them, they way they live, their variety and behaviors.

What genre does your book fall under? Women's fiction

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Oh, this is tricky -- Elize could be played by any strong blonde who comes across as Alpha. But I think I had Kelly Lynch in mind, that extreme competence and physicality. Not to mention rocking cargo pants and no makeup. Erik/ Eric Bana? Sebastian Stan? Someone who is magnetic and you glance a second (and third) time, but not someone who is beautiful to the point of awkwardness. Frankie I see as a shorter Lucille Ball, but in a black curly wig and pencil skirt; Karen Gillan, with the addition of some weight and ink and a New Orleans accent, could be Zephyr. 

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? How the quest for an exotic bird became a search for love, forgiveness and a new life.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? It came out from F+W Media January 2013.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? I'll say six months, though that's probably a lie. It was a hard book to write, hard to find the window to the character and story, hard to voice, hard because I had to grow up a LOT to be able to do it justice. A rewritable draft? Probably a year.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? To me it's got a similar feel as Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, or Eat, Pray, Love, or the film Decoy Bride. All deal with being out of step in another culture, but that experience being the salvation of the character. 

Who or what inspired you to write this book? I follow my fascinations. I reinvent the wheel every time I write. I constantly set myself new challenges to accept, new techniques to learn, new adventures to have (in the name of research!). So it was birds + personalities + personal growth.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest? It's a sexy love story set in one of the most incredible places on earth doing something (going after an exotic bird) that most people don't ever get a chance to experience. But it's also a universal story, because we've all been lost, we've all had to forgive, we've all had to start over. 


© J Suzanne Frank 2013