Dear all,

My wonderful friend, Kizzy, (this is her blog http://kizzylee.wordpress.comhas tagged me in ‘The next big thing’ blog hop and I am very touched that she would think of me. So, firstly, I would like to say a very big thank you…THANK YOU! There you go, Kizzy 😀 Above is a link to her fabarooney blog where you can find all sorts of eerie and mysterious goings on. You should go check it out now…but come back because I’m about to tackle the following:-


1.  What is the working title of your current/next book?

The book I am working on right now is called Unconventional, I think!


2.  Where did the idea come from?

Basically my good friend, Heather Smith, (@heather5mith) loves attending film conventions and collecting autographs of her favourite actors. Once upon a time she attended a Harry Potter convention (in Milton Keynes I think it was) and she was queuing to see Robert Pattinson who played (who did he play???)  Now, she was expecting to see the young lad who played the part of a teen boy, but when she got to the front of the queue she looked up to see that this particular teen boy had grown up…in the best possible way! Ha ha! She lost control of her brain and mouth and didn’t quite know what to say or do. The really funny bit (well I thought it was anyway) was that he seemed totally thrown by it all too. They both desperately tried to think of things to say (probably ended up talking about the weather) and then she got a gorge picture as proof that he was indeed VERY BLINKING HANDSOME! After seeing said Exhibit ‘A’ (snap with autograph on it) I can see why she had some trouble in the speaking department! Anyway, it gave me the idea for a romance novel.


3.  What genre does your book fall under?

This was going to be a young adult book originally but then I decided I wanted to explore some important issues…and perhaps throw in a very grown up sex scene too (actually all sex scenes are grown up, surely…whatever). As a consequence I had to up the book to an adult romance.


4 .  What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

It would be nice to see Robert Pattinson play the part of my actor, Jasper Farrell, considering it was loosely based on him in the first place! As for the female character, who knows! Someone young, fit and gorgeous probably! Applications on a postcard please 🙂


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

After a massive and painful fall out of love Summer has vowed never to go there again but, unfortunately for her, she’s caught the eye of young actor and international heartthrob, Jasper Farrell, and he has other plans.


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

Self published, probably always will be 🙂


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

Not long. I can’t remember to be honest because I wrote this book before the Poker Face series. It’s had to wait patiently until I could find the time to give it some much needed attention.


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

Oh my word I honestly don’t know. It deals with manipulation, fame, media and the rehabilitation of love. It’s probably a mish mash of any book that deal with those topics.


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

Basically the picture that Heather showed me. Rob was looking all hot and tall with his hair ruffled, shirt open and sleeves rolled up. He looked and sounded like the perfect gentleman and it’s a lovely picture of him and my friend. All of that, as well as some of life’s rich and not so rich experiences, inspired me to get writing this story.


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

It is soon to be published and I am currently trying to pluck up the courage to just go with my very first sex scene. It doesn’t actually have any sex in it but it is all about the build up and I’m not sure I can go there quite so openly and honestly. If readers are into exploring their emotions and feelings then this is definitely the book for them. It deals with death, love, hate, obsession, sex and teenage relationship abuse with characters that are cute, funny and vibrant. What more could you want? Don’t answer that please!


Okay I am officially done and would now like to name Heather Smith as ‘The Next Big Thing’. Heather has recently finished her debut novel but she doesn’t have a blog so she may well post it here. Keep a look out for her, the book is very exciting…I know coz I’ve already read it! Go me! Right, your turn, H! 😀