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“The Next Big Thing” Blog Hop

Posted on: November 21, 2012

I haven’t participated in a blog hop before but was  honoured to be chosen to be part of this one. I’d like to thank Sharon from Sharon’s Sunlit Memories  for tagging me to participate. This gives us all a chance to view releases from authors we admire, as well as introduce us to some works in progress. Check out Sharon’s wonderful blog that brings back memories of a 60’s childhood. She posts cut-out dolls, picture books and paintings from way back then.  She also sprinkles her blog with pictures of her magical property in Ireland. (a place I wish to visit one day)

The ten questions required to answer for the “Next Big Thing” are:

1.What is the working title of your work in progress?

Amanda in Alberta-The Writing on the Stone

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

I like to write about Amanda travelling to unique places but when I was doing a reading at my grandson’s school in Alberta, one of the students said, “Why don’t you write about Amanda in Alberta?”  I grew up there so I didn’t think it would be that unique. But then I thought, for children who are not familiar with the area, they might find it fascinating.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

Middle reader chapter books, ages 8 – 12 approximately. (although many adults seem to enjoy my books as well!)

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

I am not familiar with current child actors. I always imagine my books as animations when I think of them on-screen.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Leah comes to Alberta to visit Amanda where they attend the Calgary Stampede, visit a cattle ranch, spend time at a  dinosaur museum and meet a sad rodeo clown, while they try to decipher prehistoric writing found on a stone.

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

My books are published by Central Avenue Publishing

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

I have written four chapters of Amanda in Alberta. I hope to have the first draft completed by June of next year.

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

I haven’t really compared this story to other books. I enjoyed reading about the Bobbsey Twins and their travels when I was growing up.

9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

This book was inspired by the children who read my books. They always ask me, “Where is Amanda going to next?”  My family has lived in Alberta for five generations, and my grandchildren live there now so I have tons of inspiration and ideas.

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

Alberta is rich with history dating back to the age of dinosaurs so there will be something for everyone;  dinosaurs,  First  Nations people, buffalo, cowboys,and a Blue Heeler dog named Bart. There is actually a place called “Writing on The Stone Park”.

Cowboy picture from wikipedia

The five authors that I am tagging for this blog hop are:

Cassandra Giovanni  http://cgiovanniwrites.wordpress.com/about/

Lada Ray http://ladaray.wordpress.com/about/

Diane Tibert http://dianetibert.com/home/

Michelle Isenhoff  http://michelleisenhoff.wordpress.com/book-trailers/

Pat Wood  http://patwoodblogging.wordpress.com/

You can answer the questions about a work in progress or a recently published book if you wish. All you have to do is link your post back to my blog.

Check out these great authors (who happen to be very nice people to get to know as well) 

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32 Responses to "“The Next Big Thing” Blog Hop"

Nice to learn a bit more about your books and writing process. I have never managed to take part in a blog hop. Seems like a nice thing to do.

Thanks Niamh for yoru ongoing support and friendship. My time is limited for blog hops but I’m glad I did this one.

Aw, why thank you! I love learning about your “Amanda” books. It’s great how you mix history and learning and make it fun for the reader. I feel like that’s important for young readers–all readers actually!

Thanks Cassandra! Have fun with the blog hop.

Thank you Darlene. Very kind. I love how your readers inspire the next book. That must feel so great. And children are keen judges – they don’t hold back!

You bet, children aren’t afraid to tell the truth. I look forwrad to your next big thing!

Thank you Darlene – takes me a day or two to organise these things, so hope you don’t mind?

I loved the Bobbsey Twins when I was a child.

That is cool that you were a fan of the Bobbsey twins too.

I don’t think of my books/ideas as movies, but maybe video games. :D Amanda in Alberta sounds great!

I am sure some of your ideas will become video games one day! Glad you like the sound of Amanda in Alberta.

Kids can come up with some good stuff; right Darlene. Writing about Alberta turned out to be a good idea.
Blessings ~ Maxi

So true Maxi. Kids have great ideas.

I love the way blogs take on a life of their own and I love finding out more about your books!

It is interesting how blogs evolve. Glad you like learning about my books Sandra.

I’m so glad you were able to participate in the blog hop Darlene – I loved reading about your ideas for Amanda in Alberta. Ancient cryptic messages written on stones is right up my alley – the eternal 12 year old in me would love a book like this! I’m looking forward to hearing more as you progress with writing it.

I felt from the start that you and I were stuck at 12 years old. Glad you like the idea of this book. Thanks for including me in the blog hop. It was a fun expereince.

Thank you, Darlene. I read many of the Bobbsey Twins books, too. Sharon’s website is lovely. I enjoyed the walk through the ‘magical forest’. Beautiful photos.

I knew you would enjoy Sharon’s website. I look forward to your next big thing!

Hi Darlene,

I am always inspired by you and by Amanda! The summary of Amanda in Alberta promises more great adventure and discovery. I have family heritage in Alberta too! Will the hoo doos be in the story? (please forgive my spelling!)

The Hoodoos in Drumheller will definetly be included. (you were close in spelling) Where in Alberta does your family come from?

Hi Darlene – Nominated you for Blog of the Year award 2012. Hope that’s OK. Pop over to my latest post to check it out.

Hi Darlene, and thank you so much for including me! I’ve been hard at work on THE EARTH SHIFTER, my new YA fantasy thriller, which I should releasing on December 20, 2012. I’ll happily do my part as soon as THE EARTH SHIFTER is out! It’ll be fun!

Happy Holidays to you and yours, and many, many good wishes in the upcoming year 2013!
Cheers,
Lada Ray :)

Good luck with The Earth Shifter. I look forward to your post when you have time. Back to you for a a wonderful holiday season and a successful 2013!! So glad we met here in the blogging world. XO

Thanks, and hugs, Darlene! :)

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I think it’s a great idea to set your next story in Canada, I’m looking forward to reading it!

I realized that many other readers would be interested in learning more about Canada. Sometime we forget about our own backyard.

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