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The Next Big Thing: Blog Hop

The amazing Debbie Robbins tagged me for this Blog Hop so here I am posting away secrets on my WIP.

And, guess what.  It’s a contemporary.

I’m frantically writing away as my New Jersey RWA group heads towards the finish line for Jerowrimo 2013 at the end of Feb.  So far, so good re: results!  However, this writing challenge I am working on book 2 of the fishermen characters.  These three brothers are getting into all kinds of trouble!


1) What is the working title of your next book?

Working title of my next book is Depth.  This is the story of Riley and his past that only Molly can help heal.


2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
Idea for the book came from the Deadliest Catch tv show and from reading a lot of contemporary stories out there.  While the perception of fishermen can be that they are “rough and tough” I thought I’d expose a softer side and a reality check for how dangerous this job really is.  The fishermen in my books live and breathe just like everyone else in their village but as it’s a small community they have wounds now that only these two new characters (the minister and his daughter Molly) can heal.


3) What genre does your book fall under?
Book is contemporary which is a slight deviant from my paranormal writing as Tara MacQueen.


4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Actors… Riley would be Scott Anthony Smith (photo attached) and Molly would be Stevie Cooper (photo attached).  These are two actors I’ve worked with before and really see them in the role.

From Camden, Maine, USA I directed this actor at Maine Media Workshops

From Camden, Maine, USA I directed this actor at Maine Media Workshops
















Actress Stevie Cooper has been in a few of Charlie Mac Productions' works.

Actress Stevie Cooper has been in a few of Charlie Mac Productions’ works.





























5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
One sentence synopsis (hate these)…  Riley’s fisherman future drowned with the death of his parents until Molly Gregan moved into town to shake it up.


6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I will be submitting to small press on this one.


7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
November has 30 days, so 30 days part of Nanowrimo.  30 long days of wondering if I was going to make my deadline.  And now, as I go through some self editing I’m glad I did that challenge.  The book has brought my writing up a level.


8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
This story feels like Nora Roberts’ Chesapeake Bay Series with the brothers and the boatbuilding business.  I don’t claim to be Nora      Roberts but it feels like I was inspired by this even though I read it all in 2002.


9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
See #8.  Definitely the great Nora Roberts.  I like Debbie Macomber, too.  Oh, and Donna Alward.  Check out this website  for other great authors along with


10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
This book also involves a community broken by the devastating loss of Riley’s parents and Molly’s father, a United Church Minister helps to bring it together.  Wounds don’t heal in silence.  This book involves pain and redemption not just by a woman helping to heal a broken man but also a village finding love again after loss.



Passion. Love. Hate. It’s all on set but mostly off re: customer service.

Here’s my gripe:  when I called on Tuesday to find out what had happened to an order that was due that day I went through an experience that made me realize I can’t ever order from Dark Night Armoury ever again.  First, they were surprised I had an order number.  Second, they put me on hold for 40 mins trying to find my order.  Turns out that the order had never been shipped as part of the order had been placed on backorder.  Then, the customer service department realized that no email had been sent out to me to let me know about this.  When I asked if I could get the rest of the order shipped anyways they firmly said “no.”  Apparently, as the shipping had been paid for there was no flexibility.  When I asked if I could cancel that order and then re-order the costumes in stock they also firmly said “no.”  They did say I could have a substitution.  Once that was cleared I asked (as the original order was to be shipped expedited) if the order would make it by Friday.

Two Exceptions later (which can kill any shipment) the delivery happened Friday morning.  The shoot was Saturday morning.

What did I learn?  Not everyone is L.L. Bean with their awesome customer service and just because you’ve paid for something doesn’t mean you’ll get it.

*phew* Load off my chest.  Also, as a Producer it’s my job to mentally meltdown inside so that the Director doesn’t panic.  That’s how I see it.  That’s how I work.  I also work with new and up-and-coming Directors to give them a break at their first directing set that other companies might not invest the time and money into them.  I see Talent and if I can work with you we are on for a 3 week love affair that better end well.  Respect me and I respect you. :)

Special thanks to the Talent:  Brad Smith, Bernie Matthew, Stevie Cooper and Scott Baker.  Kudos to Luke Hudgins and Caroline Ruyle for amazing work.  The hidden costuming gem at the Smith household was a great find!

Thanks to PS Atlantic for timely service and ultimately Steve Richard & Todd Murchie for teaching us lighting.

Today, at my RWAC meeting I won two books:  The Color of Heaven by Julianne MacLean and Indefensible by Pamela Callow.

Guess what? Harlequin is coming to Halifax in September as part of the RWAC Executive working on our workshops.  I’m hopefully going to be able to pitch.  We’ve also had some brave new faces at RWAC and I suspect some of the credit is due to publicity handled by Frances Leary from Wired Flare months ago (website coming soon – try facebook search for more info).

Also, this past week The Wild Rose Press (where I’m a preliminary reader) celebrated its 5 year anniversary!  Congrats to the Garden!  They also publish short stories so if you’re into writing you should check out their submissions page.