The Next Big Thing 2


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My friend Mitchell Allen invited me to participate in the writer’s meme, The Next Big Thing. You’ll remember I did something similar with the manuscript for my novel Seven Days in May, which is currently in the hands of people who know stuff and make decisions about stuff like what gets published. So.

At the end see the writers I’ve invited to participate.

What is the working title of your book?
The Weight of Silence— I know. Heavy, right?

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I love the cliche of this answer. It started as a dream. I dreamt the opening scene, and the women characters grew from there.

What genre does your book fall under?
Literary fiction, I guess. I have a hard time putting my work in boxes. I’m not married to this label.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Gena Rowland or Judi Dench to play the mother and Michelle Pfieffer for the daughter.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The Duchess, the matriarch and single parent lays dying. She makes a silent accounting of her life, while her daughter Eloise is confounded by the past and her present.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Oh, this baby’s going to be repped.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
So, yeah. Still writing this one. Rough draft to be done by end of December.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
No idea. But I do sort of like the complicated relationship in The Book of Ruth.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I needed to keep working while looking for representation for the first novel. So, I decided to start this during Nanowrimo, just for kicks. Now I kind of love it.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The two women share that kind of complicated tango of mothers and daughters. It is set in the early 50s and late 90s. Attitudes about women in professional roles have shifted, but expectations about their roles have not. I want to explore how women have worked their way into the working world, and continue to balance, or not, the rest of their lives.

Thanks again, Mitch, for the invite. It was fun to put this into words. Other writers to check out:
Margi Finch of The M Half
Marie Wreath of the Lazy W
Andi Cumbo of Andilit


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2 thoughts on “The Next Big Thing

  • Marie Wreath

    Omigosh what a fun exercise!! And you must know how excited I have been to hear about your new novel, just as I am excited to read the Tulsa based Seven Days in May. Woohoo!! Cool answers, man, And I really love your new hair too! I will definitely participate, though I cannot promise my plan is as polished as this. xoxo

  • MitchellAllen

    Jen, I love the way you describe relationships. I’m definitely looking forward to The Weight of Silence.

    Thanks for participating and introducing Margi, Marie and Andi.

    Cheers,

    Mitch