The Next Big Thing comes to Wine Women and Wordplay

CSIRO Radio Telescope at Parkes, Australia

Please note this is A Big Thing, not actually MY Big Thing… (It’s the CSIRO Radio Telescope at Parkes, Australia. A favourite Big Thing)

I’m delighted to be part of The Next Big Thing Blog Hop. I’ve been asked to answer ten questions about what I’m working on and then tag other authors to do the same.

Some of these questions were easy and some were trickier, but it was fun to do! I’m quite excited to talk about this novel as it’s a rewrite of the first novel I ever wrote and I’m really looking forward to see how the transformation works out.  I can’t wait to give it to my stalwart beta reader, who has read every word I have ever written, and see how she likes it!

To continue the ‘hop’ you can follow the links at the bottom of this post.  I hope you like reading about MY next big thing (even if it’s not the world’s).  If you have questions, please ask, happy to answer.  If you are a reviewer and interested in receiving an ARC when it comes out I’d be very happy to hear from you. Just drop me a note in the comments or on the contact form.

1: What is the working title of your book?

Playing by the Rules

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

A scene popped into my head one day; two best friends discussing the best way to get over a dumping.  I wrote that scene many years ago now and it sat in a drawer (literally, a filing cabinet drawer) for many years until I dragged it out and started thinking about how these two friends had got to this scene and where they would go from there.

3: What genre does your book come under?

Fun, flirty, contemporary romance.

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

This is so tricky because I never base my characters on the usual Hollywood actors, mostly because the way we see them normally (viz: airbrushed) is too perfect and too thin!  I think Kate (my heroine) looks a little like a younger Tina Fey (with her hair the colour she had it at the Golden Globes.)  But since she’s not the right age to play Kate, maybe I’d go with Isla Fisher.  I think she’s smart and she’s Australian.  Josh is easier.  I think Aaron Pedersen (Australian actor, absolutely gorgeous) would be great for Josh.  He’s also probably a bit old now, and his cultural background is different, but he looks right and he looks GREAT in a suit, which is very important to this story!

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

A recently dumped woman thinks she’s found the perfect fake fiancé to save face at her school reunion – until her mother hears about it and starts planning her wedding…

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

The companion novel (my first) Rules are for Breaking, came out with Destiny Romance (an imprint of Penguin Australia) last year, so I am hoping that this one will too!

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

The first draft was quite quick – about three months I think.  I don’t know whether that’s quick for other people, but I thought it was, given that it was my first novel!

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

My fellow Destineer Elise Ackers’ Man Plan springs to mind.  Her heroine is a young woman who wants to be loved but who’s history is maybe making her go about it in the wrong way.  Kate (my heroine) is a little like that.

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

The same thing that inspires all my fiction.  The characters walked into my head and I had to write the story to get to know them! 🙂

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

For the girls, I feel I should mention that Josh, the hero, is gorgeous. 🙂  Even in the very flawed first draft, the description of him in a dinner suit made my beta readers fan themselves with the manuscript.  But apart from that, this is a story that includes family, friends, an ornery cat and a sense of humour as well as a heartwarming (I hope!) romance.  It’s fun fiction about fabulous women – and the men they get mixed up with!

Thank you to Elise K. Ackers for inviting me to join the blog hop. Elise’s Next Big Thing Blog Hop post is here. Please take some time to visit her website and blog and read about her fascinating new novella series.





See below for a list of fabulous authors you should acquaint yourself with:

Keziah Hill

Author of steamy erotic romance and romantic suspense, Keziah has been recently published with Momentum, and Harlequin imprint, Escape Publishing.





Jennifer St George

Contemporary romance author of The Convenient Bride talks about her latest release with Penguin imprint, Destiny Romance, Seducing The Secret Heiress, here.




Louise Reynolds

Another wonderful Destineer, Louise’s title Her Italian Aristocrat takes contemporary romance readers abroad.





Charmaine Ross

Another Destineer (yes, there’s a pattern here!).  Charmaine writes romantic suspense, among other things!



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