Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Today I’m on the Blog Hop: The Next Big Thing
The last blogger was Marilyn Meredith. After you’ve read this post, hop on over to her blog where she answered the very same questions: 
Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:

What is the working title of your book?
Our latest book is an historical novel based in San Juan Capistrano between the years of 1820 and 1890, entitled The Memory Keeper.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
Larry and I both had read Molokai and Honolulu and loved them. Larry said, “Why don’t we write something similar about San Juan Capistrano. It has such great history. So we began doing research. The more we discovered, the more we became excited about the book.

What genre does your book fall under?
This one will be an historical novel. We keep exploring different genres (nonfiction, sweet romance, mystery, fantasy). I guess we’re just easily bored!

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Since our characters are Juaneño Indians, maybe A. Martinez as the adult Tomas with Sacheen Littlefeather as his mother. Since the book takes place over so many years, we’d need actors of various ages. We’d need Hispanic and American actors as well.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Tomas Romero recounts the events of his life as a Juaneño Indian from his birth in 1820 through his seventieth year.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It will probably not be self-published, but it might be published by an indie publisher.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
We’re still working on it and anticipate it will take about two years to complete because of all the required research.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
We hope it will compare well with Molokai and Honolulu, two of our favorites.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
We live in Dana Point, CA, right next door to San Juan Capistrano. We know several descendants of the Juaneños. Their history has fascinated us for some time, and we now think we’ve found a good vehicle for recording it in an interesting way.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It is the history of the area, told from the point-of-view of a native. It also includes all the various changes that occurred to the mission during the Spanish, Mexican and finally American administrations. We’ve tried to capture the real emotions of the actual people who lived during this turbulent era.

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  1. That sounds fascinating, Lorna and Larry. Looking forward to it.

  2. We're having a lot of fun doing it. This time, Larry has done most of the research. He writes the first draft of a chapter containing all the history. Then I come through and add all the personal connection, emotions, etc. So far, it's working really well.

  3. Your WIP sounds intriguing!I admire you two for being able to co-author!

    Heidi M. Thomas

    1. Heidi,

      Thanks for the comment. We get lost of questions about how we are able to do this together. We learned while working on our first book, a memoir entitled 31 Months in Japan: The Building of a Theme Park. We have done several presentations on Collaboration or How to Write Together Without Killing Each Other. Fortunately, we both recognize each of our strengths and work from those.