Who Me?–Next Big Thing?

My paranormal romance writing friend Stacy McKitrick kindly tagged me in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop, in which people write about their NaNoWriMo projects.  Thanks Stacy!

I’m really enjoying this project, even though at the end of the month I’m going to set it aside and let it simmer while I devote myself to promoting Blood Vine’s January launch, and getting Blood Vine Two ready for submission to Omnific.

What is your working title of your book?  Temptress in a Teapot

Where did the idea come from for the book? It came from learning about the music of Kitka, who gave me permission to use one of their tracks for Blood Vine’s book trailer.  They have a whole original composition called The Rusalka Cycle, and it set me to learning about the mythology of rusalki, because of my fascination with Eastern Europe.  Now I know there is a famous opera, a science fiction book and a mention of rusalki in Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.

What genre does your book fall under? Paranormal Romance all the way, baby.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? My hero, Dmitri Lisko is a retired heavyweight prizefighter who looks an awful lot like the dashing Ukrainian boxer and parliamentarian Vladimir Klitchko.  His heroine Sonya Truss is a classic beauty—the Edwardian actress Julia James.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?  When Dmitri finds rusalka Sonya in her teapot, her powers of seduction tempt him to abandon his own mission of vengeance to help her achieve her own revenge.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?  I plan to submit this book to publishers myself. 

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?  I’m still writing it, but I have astonished myself by typing 42,000 words since Nov 1st.  I think it will be about 60K in its final form.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Hmm.  That’s a good question.  With Blood Vine, I could easily point to my influences.  But this book is more an amalgamation of things I like—serious themes, playful people, history and mythology, and sexy situations.

Who or what inspired you to write this book? NaNoWriMo, and more specifically, the very cool opportunity to join a team with other writers and editors via the website Savvy Author and Entangled Publishing for support and encouragement.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Temptress in a Teapot explores the theme of vengeance versus justice, and like everything I ever write, it’s set right here in foggy San Francisco.

So—tag your it:

Celia Breslin

Ed Hoornaert

Samantha MacDouglas

Paulla Millhouse

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Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:
What is your working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
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About Amber Belldene

Amber Belldene grew up on the Florida panhandle, swimming with alligators, climbing oak trees and diving for scallops…when she could pull herself away from a book. As a child, she hid her Nancy Drew novels inside the church bulletin and read mysteries during sermons—an irony that is not lost on her when she preaches these days. Amber is an Episcopal Priest and student of religion. She believes stories are the best way to explore human truths. Some people think it is strange for a minister to write romance, but it is perfectly natural to her, because the human desire for love is at the heart of every romance novel and God made people with that desire. She lives with her husband and two children in San Francisco

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