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Blog Hop: The Next Big Thing

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013


Works-in-progress are often solitary, almost secretive, things until one launches them into the great, wide world. What a treat to share now! Thanks to Barbara Mayfield, author of ‘Mrs. Ipweet and Me’, via NancyKay Wessman and the Blog Hop gang for this great opportunity.


1: What is the working title of your book(s)?

‘Lint.’ And it might stay that way. So far, I like it. Book titles often come at mysterious times in mysterious places.


2: Where did the idea for the book originate?

The idea to write about a kid growing up in a big family at a time and place when most families are small came from real life. I am number 7 of 8 kids.


3: Under what genre does your book come?

Middle grade mystery. This may sound strange after reading answer #2, but it is precisely because Lint is in a big family that she is inspired to stand out in the crowd as the World’s Greatest Detective.


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

Wow. What a question! Hmmm, the female equivalent of Beaver Cleaver would play Lint. And 12-year-old  John Belushi would play Adrian, Lint’s pain in the keister class-mate, new neighbor, and partner-in-sleuthing.


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

A girl who feels about as useful as a dust mote determines to become the World’s Greatest Detective only to discover she can be the world’s greatest at something far more important: herself.


6: Will your book be self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

I’ll self-publish. As much as I’d love to hear those golden words, “We want to represent your work.” it’s been a thrill to travel around the Great Wall of Rejection and find a happy audience.


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

I’m still working on it! If I focused singularly, I would guess a 6 weeks to two months. But I’m a professional plate spinner with many on the go, one of which is illustrating a new picture book that I wrote, called ‘Pussycat, Pussycat’.


8: To what other books within your genre would you compare this story?

‘Great Brain’ meets ‘Because of Winn-Dixie’.


9: Who or what inspired you to write this? 

As a kid, I loved reading about other kids in different situations than my own and thought it would be fun to share some of what it was like to grow up in a huge family. Also when I’m going through a personal growth spurt, my new-found ‘ah-ha’s’ tend to inpire my writing. My big light bulb moments lately have been in the realm of introverts and extroverts. It’s an extrovert’s world out there yet up to half the U.S population is introverted, just like Lint. Introverts unit! (Doubtful there will be  any noisy rallies any time soon!)

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