The Next Big Thing – Week 16

The Next Big Thing blog hop is a concept devised by SheWrites for authors to tell people about their next book, whether it will be published or not. Below you will find the set questions I have answered in the style of an interview, which will hopefully make interesting reading.

I would like to thank Kathy Andrew  for tagging me in her post. You will find five other authors/poets tagged at the end of this post, and they will post their answers on the 16th October.

What is the title of your book? 
Attic of the Mind

What genre does it fall under?
 Contemporary Women’s Fiction with a dark edge.

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

Lilith Fields – the abused girl, now avenging woman – Ruth Wilson

Dr. Nathan Rine – the hedonistic doctor – Hugh Grant

Finlay Walker – the sadistic nurse, now politician –  Liam Neeson

Dr. Hugh Carlton – the reliable doctor – Tom Hollander

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
After twenty-five years, revenge is a bitter-sweet game played out with mixed results.

Will your book be self-pub or represented by an agency?
It will be published in February 2013 by Winter Goose Publishing.

How long did it take you to write the first draft?
Three months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
This is a tricky question, but I would hazard a guess at ‘Brighton Rock’ by Graham Greene and ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ by Stieg Larsson. Having said that, I’m not comparing myself to greatness, but rather the darkness in the novels.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I was a student nurse in the late eighties in York. I spent three months working on a psychiatric ward in a hospital. When I described the ward and grounds in ‘Attic of the Mind’, I thought back to my days as a student and realised how that time and my memories of people there shaped my description in ‘Attic’.

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Thank you for reading this, and I hope it has made you a little curious about my next novel.

6 thoughts on “The Next Big Thing – Week 16

  1. I really enjoyed your interview Hemmie & thanks si much for the mention. I can tell by your characters how complex the the novel will be& only 3 mths for the 1st draft! Your own personal experience must have been invaluable. Congratulations on finding a publisher! I hope it's really successful for you.


  2. Thank you! And it's all down to you for tagging me in this blog hop – much appreciated.
    This story really flowed for me like no other has done so far. I lived and breathed it, and the characters showed me the way. Writing Finlay Walker was great fun as he was such a bad man.


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