I’ve been tagged to answer ten questions about my current current WIP (Work In Progress) by these two lovely lady writers:
Ui Poznansky of http://uviart.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/the-next-big-thing.html
And Susan Taitel – ABNA’s semi-finalist of the hilarious “Random Act of Nudity”, an upcoming YA –not and an adult novel, of http://susantaitel.com/week-14-the-next-big-thing-blog-hop/
First visit their marvelous blogs, and then read the following. Thank you.
Currently I have three WIS – Works In Suspension. My WIP, the one I’m still working on is the soon-to-be-released SYDNEY’S SONG. It is still my WIP, as I’m currently occupied in learning about post-release steps. Following are my answers to the Ten Interview Questions in this blog-hopping, The Next Big Thing:
What is the working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Life experiences. My life has always been very, very eventful—either things happen or I go out to make things happen. I shuffle these true experiences like a deck of cards. I arrange the cards like a beautiful fan. I glue them together with fiction.
For example, on the day I decided to write, an old uni friend posted an ancient pic on Facebook. It was of our group singing by a lake, together with an Australian friend from Beecroft. She had come all the way across the ocean to be with me, so distraught by her parents’ recent divorce. When I was busy during the day, I left her with my music-playing friends. They looked after her very well and she ended up having a wonderful holiday.
What genre does your book fall under?
Real-life socio fiction. Fiction/Humorous. Self-help/motivational.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Mia Wasikowska for Sydney:
Before her parents’ divorce: http://img1.bdbphotos.com/images/orig/w/b/wbzs4i8g6g7pzb47.jpg
Alone in a foreign land:
I can’t quite find an actor to play Pete yet, but Andrew Garfield can play Ettore:
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Grounded firmly in suburban settings where heartbreaks are juxtaposed with humour, a beautiful love story amid tragedies showcasing a young girl’s courageous journey to adulthood.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I met a critic who liked my work, and soon after a retired über agent praised it but advised that traditional publishers only take mainstream work. This made me look into indie publishing.
Today’s self-publishing authors have full control on the final product. A friend celebrates the freedom of unrestricted word count in her epic fantasy. Another finds delights in mixing his poetry and prose. And I appreciate the freedom to illustrate my work my way. The result isn’t just a beautiful story, but a beautiful-looking beautiful story. The rare, unique hardcopy will delight readers who are lovers of arts.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Three delightful months.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
None from the recent books. SYDNEY’S SONG is complex without being complicated. A vivid portrayal of the people of Sydney, this is similar to the ancient Pepys Diary; however, its subtle depiction of modern workplace slavery is close to Max Havelaar. The book contains true stories of love and survival.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
The first half, friends I used to work with, once upon a time. The second half, hubby.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Tragically humorous, SYDNEY’S SONG will entertain readers of any genre who occasionally want something different in their bookshelves.
Now hop over to the following blogs and meet these fantastic talents:
Hattie Gunter of http://thevoveva.blogspot.ca/
Hart Johnson of http://www.waterytart23.blogspot.com.au/
Ey Wade of http://wade-inpublishing.blogspot.com.au/
(Awaiting confirmation from a few more bloggers)
I would invite you all to celebrate my book launch with me. Why? Because I’d love to share my joy with the world. SYDNEY’S SONG is a delightful novel for readers of any genre who occasionally want something different. Check it out and come celebrate with me ONLINE!
Jump in to SYDNEY’S SONG’s Book Launch. Register your attendance early and you’ll be in the draw to win one of 100 Large-Print copies for your local libraries. I’ll be rolling out the programme and a new excerpt every day, and of course, answering YOUR questions. Visit regularly for updates, and stay tuned for more exciting news. And oh, any actor or talented prose reader out there? Come participate in my Excerpt-Reading Competition!
SYDNEY’S SONG will be available in ebook, paperback, and large-print paperback. But you don’t have to buy my book, though I’m sure it will bring smiles to your hearts. Just celebrate with me, get to know me and my work.
AN UNDEFEATABLE HEROINE…
Olympic fever runs high in the Australian summer of 1999 and 17-year-old Sydney has caught it. Little does she know taking a holiday job in the beehive that is the Olympics’ public-transport call centre will be life altering. Shaken by her parents’ divorce, the sheltered Aussie is further plagued by abusive callers, obnoxious government agencies, constrictive office rules, and liberated friends. She is trying to negotiate these challenges as her own personal Olympics when Pete finds her.
A HERO TO LIVE FOR…
Pete, Boston’s former child prodigy whose soothing voice floats across her workstation, sees through Sydney’s tough outer shell. Pete knows what it takes to present a dignified front when all you want to do is howl at the moon. Treating their friendship like an art, he invests time and creative effort to pull Sydney out of her despair.
A LOVE NO READER WILL EVER FORGET…
Tragedy strikes when an accident leaves Pete with a major brain injury in a Boston hospital. When the going gets very, very tough, will you abandon the one who’s promised to love you until he dies? What if YOU are the one who became disabled?
A TRUE STORY…
Set in Sydney and Boston where heartbreaks are juxtaposed with Sydney’s sense of humour, SYDNEY’S SONG is a young girl’s courageous journey to adulthood. A work of fiction based on real events, this novel with an Australian accent also shows the world that living with disabilities does not prevent a person from attaining happiness.
PART OF SYDNEY’S SONG’S PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO THE BRAIN FOUNDATION
Read the OPENING CHAPTER and more on my website but here’s an excerpt:
“To Pokolbin Prison, please,” requested a woman in a very weak, barely audible low voice I could well relate to. A vision came to me of a gaunt, sickly, very depressed lady.
I worked out her travel plan. She had to catch a bus, two trains, and a bus again, for a three-hour journey. Then she asked, “How much would it cost for a pensioner and a three-year old?”
Tears gathered in my eyes. A poor young mother with a young child trying to visit her worthless husband at Christmas!
And she was not alone. “To John Moroney Prison, please,” said a miserable mother.
“To Silverwater Correction Centre, please.” A sad girlfriend.
“To Long Bay Jail, please.” A wretched daughter.
Long-suffering souls requested travel plans for Lithgow Jail, Parklea Jail, Goulburn Jail – you name it.
Come to think of it, there was hardly a male caller wanting to visit a female prisoner. Either the men did not use public transport or they didn’t bother to visit. What did this tell you?
Here are some of what the reviewers say:
UVI POZNANSKY:“I was too busy laughing and crying.”
MATT POSNER: “SYDNEY’S SONG demonstrates the way in which human beings can thrive under adversity using the power of their hearts and wills.”
IRINA DUNN: “Intelligent, touching, interesting and funny.”
MARY METCALFE: “Haunting.”
PHIL NORK: “The writing was superb, the story kept me interested and the ending touched me in ways most books don’t.”
NORMA FOWLER: “Riveting… a young woman who is very keenly perceptive in all people and situations about her.”
JACOB COATES: “A fantastic love story grounded quite firmly in a suburban setting with real characters.”
BRENDA FRANKLIN: “Touches more than just the surface.”
If you are between the ages of 15 to 99, whoever you are, wherever you are,
you are cordially invited to attend and celebrate with The United Friends of Ia
Did I tell you that I have fans from three decades ago still treasuring my first novel in their goodreads shelves? They hunted me down, asking me to write again… Here’s hoping 200 years from now, SYDNEY’S SONG will still be read. And loved.