The Next Big Thing

It’s a blog hop. Yeah, I didn’t know what they were either but apparently it’s an independent authors’ game of tag…and I’ve been ‘tagged’!

The Next Big Thing is all about the next book to come out, a never-ending series of interviews, so with thanks to Chloe Jon Paul for tagging me, I will use this post to burble about the book to come after Trucking in English.

You can read about Chloe’s latest book here.

I’ll tag a few more people at the bottom of the post, some of them might just appear here as a podcast interview over the winter.

Anyway, on to the matter under discussion. Since Trucking in English has a planned publication date of:

(imagine the fanfare)

November 15th!

(Just in time for Christmas)

I have decided to use this post to tell you about the book that will come next. Sneaky huh?

Here we go:

Questions to be Answered for Blog Hop

1: What is the working title of your book?

Bed and Breakfast
Subtitled: There’s a clue in the name

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

It fills the gap in the ‘Armchair Emigration’ series. Book one, Planet Alzheimer, charted our progress learning to like Canada enough to want to emigrate. Trucking in English is actually book three, life after settling. Bed and Breakfast will spin the yarn of how we made it to citizenship. By way, oddly enough, of a bed and breakfast.

3: What genre does your book fall under?

As ever, narrative non-fiction, although there is a proper novel brewing in background.

4: Which actor would you choose to play you in a movie rendition?

Ah, now, back in the distant past a pal told me that the daft verger in the Vicar of Dibley reminded her of me. So, I think she’d do nicely. Emma Chambers is her name.

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

Becoming Basil Fawlty, one guest at a time.

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

I plan to self publish, as with TIE. I do have an agent sortakinda interested but the control over timing and marketing suits me just now.

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

A reader once described Planet Alzheimer as ‘Bill Bryson meets Bridget Jones’. Not sure if that is a genre, did I just invent one?

9: Who or What inspired you to write this book?

People kept asking for it. The trouble with running a B&B is that there is always something to rant about, and ‘that’s got to go in your next book’ became a bit of a catchphrase. I took time out from getting down to it to go trucking but now there’s no excuses left.

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

Well, there are drugs, prostitutes and a murder if that helps. Also lies, betrayal and poached eggs. Some of the stories are hidden away on this blog.

That’s it for now, all that’s left is to tag a few more authors for their next big things next week. Check them out, they’re nothing at all like me.

First up, Keira Kohl  Warning, she’s a bit naughty. I am in total awe of people who can ‘do’ erotica.

Continuing life’s grittier side, here’s JT Sather. Amazon rejected my review of his remarkable little book recently, for inappropriate language. So, if you are easily offended…oh check him out anyway, his journey is unforgettable. He is one we’ll be chatting to later in the year.

And, writing about her upcoming project for NaNoWriMo is Sheila Kimball. That’s the National Novel Writing Month challenge that some of my braver acquaintances indulge in each November. The aim is 50,000 words in the month. I considered it for a nanosecond this year (ha, see what I did there?) but life intervened. Maybe next time.

We have Lisa Skabrat too. I ran out of time to find out about her book due to the whole being on a plane trying to avoid Sandy thing, so we can all check out her blog next week.

Another finally another far-flung traveller is Claire Calvey, in Australia just now, she tours the world as a ‘Trailing Wife’, which gives her a unique perspective, not only on the country she’s in but the attitudes of us Ex-Pats as well. Her Next Big Thing will be about the UAE. Claire tells me she won’t be able to participate in the blog hop but I’m introducing her anyway, because I hope we’ll be meeting her by podcast later in the year.

Have fun.


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    Carolyn, Thanks for tagging me in this fun blog hop. What an adventure writing has been. Can’t wait to watch the turn around here and on other sites.


  2. Reply

    Carolyn, Thanks for tagging me in this fun blog hop. What an adventure writing has been. Can’t wait to watch the turn around here and on other sites.


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