I’ve been tagged by the elegant Victoria Fox, author of the delicious Temptation Island, as one of her Next Big Things. This is a great scheme in which authors answer ten questions about their latest book and tag a few writers they think you should watch out for, who then continue the chain. Here goes ….
What is the working title of your next book?
SHADOWS ON THE NILE – to be published in Australia/New Zealand in December 2012, then in UK in June 2013 and in US in October 2013.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I blame David Lean’s film ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. I fell in love with wild desert sands and troubled blue eyes. So Egypt 1932 it is. But within that setting of pyramids and hidden tombs I examine the strange unpredictable dynamic that exists between siblings ….. I am one of four.
What genre does your book fall under?
Historical romance and adventure. Big and bold.
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
The delectable Benedict Cumberbatch as Sir Montague Chamford. The weirdly intense Ben Whishaw (the new Q in ‘Skyfall’) as Georgie. But no way can I cast anyone as Jessie because she is too real as herself in my head.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Love, adventure and evil burn fiercely in the sands of Egypt.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
SHADOWS ON THE NILE will be published in UK by Sphere/Little,Brown and in US by Berkley/Penguin – both brilliant publishers.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I am a slow writer. About a year, including research. But I revise fast with my ruthless red pen.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Hmm, difficult. Maybe the books of Diana Gabaldon and Kate Mosse.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Peter O’Toole. Flowing robes racing across the sands on a camel. Yesss!
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The story is about Jessie who finds love while searching for her brother who has gone missing in 1932 Egypt. But parallel to it runs the extraordinary story of Georgie – brilliant, autistic and my favourite character. He alters Jessie’s world.
Now to pass on the baton. These fantastic writers are the ones to watch and will be posting their own answers to these questions as part of The Next Big Thing:-
John Shors: http://www.johnshors.com – his Temple of a Thousand Faces is a powerful story of love and danger in the breathtaking setting of the ancient world of Angkor Wat.
Rosanna Ley: http://www.rosannaley.co.uk – her The Villa is a beautiful book that will touch your heart.
Jane Sanderson: http://www.jane-sanderson.com – her Ravenscliff is a superb read with characters you won’t forget.