Works in Progress 22


I was tagged by Meredith at Gurgling Thoughts to answer The Next Best Thing questions (TNBT). I’m grateful for the chance, and love that she included me with some other fantastic writers. Here we go.

The Rules:
Answer the ten TNBT questions listed below about your current WIP.
Tag five other writers and link to their blogs so everyone can read their answers

My Challenge Answers:

1. What is the title of your book/WIP?

I have a few titles in mind for this current project. What do you think? “Grace and Mercy,” “Seven Days in May,” or “An Occassion for Grace.”

2. Where did the idea for the WIP come from?

The idea was borne of my newly kindled love affair with Tulsa. For so long, I rejected this place, its people and history. I tried not to live here, tried not to put down roots, to not make friends. But that’s just foolishness. The more I learned about Tulsa and the volatile history, the more I wanted to know. Specifically, as is usual with me I was interested in the women behind the men who built this city (cue Starship). Of course, since women were just the baby vessels, not a lot of their history is known from the early statehood period. I enjoy uncovering the bad to the bone women who participated in land rushes, who worked in the early city and who navigated the racial tension that boiled over in 1921.

3. What genre would your WIP fall under?

Oh, I hate labels and genres. It’s too hard. Historical fiction, commercial fiction? I don’t knnow.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Good question. Grace would be played by Amber Riley, because I said so. Mercy would be Jennifer Lawrence. Also because I said so. Ann, Mercy’s mom would be Kyra Sedgwick (do I have to link to her? She’s awesome), and Grace’s mom would be Alfre Woodard.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your WIP?

Two girls from different worlds thumb their noses at their culture, until their culture takes over and forces a change.

6. Is your WIP published or represented?

Not yet, but it will be. (little swagger for ya).

7. How long did it take you to write?

I wrote the first draft in November, 2011 as part of NaNoWrimo, and in accordance with prophecy, it was worse that used Kleenex. So, in January I started revisions and plan to be finished with the second draft on July 31.

8. What other WIPs within your genre would you compare it to?

I have no idea.

9. Which authors inspired you to write this WIP?

As far as researching time periods goes, I love the work and ideas Philippa Gregory applies to her historical fiction, which is mostly about the Tudors. I am also a big fan of Eric Larsen. Great story teller.

10. Tell us anything else that might pique our interest in your WIP.

My story is about one of my favorite themes: women’s friendships and the fraught battle between mothers and daughters. The story is set against the backdrop of racially divided Tulsa, but the real story is how daughters see their mothers, how mothers see their daughters and how, over time, these relationship shift.

The writers I want to tag are:
Alise Wright
Nancy Franson
Andi Cumbo
Eric Wyatt
Lore Ferguson
cheating to add one more because I want to hear about her project: Leigh Kramer

You guys, you better do this!