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MY NEXT BIG THING

Posted by Liv Thomas on November 11, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Sunday 11th November, 2012


I was tagged by the lovely Choc Lit author,  Mandy James, to tell you about my next big thing, which really does beat Christmas, my birthday, and any other 'routine' event - the publication in August of my debut nove, co-written with Valerie Olteanu,  Beneath an Irish Sky, published by the fabulous Choc Lit, under our joint pen-name, Isabella Connor.


Thank you for asking me, Mandy, and good luck with your novel, A Stitch in Time, debuting in April 2013. You can read about Mandy's 'next big thing' here - http://mandykjameswrites.blogspot.co.uk/



BENEATH AN IRISH SKY


Where did the idea come from for the book? 

In all honesty - I don't know. The main character was inspired by the actor Joe McFadden, who played a young Irishman in Debbie Horsfield's Sex Chips and Rock and Roll back in 1999, but the plot just landed in my brain.


 

What genre does your book fall under?

Contemporary Women's Fiction.


 

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

We originally ear-marked Sean Bean for the character of Jack, but we're thinking now of getting Daniel Craig.   For Luke, though he was inspired by Joe McFadden, we've decided we'll have to travel to Ireland and audition young men with black hair and blue eyes. Hard job, but someone has to do it, and we would have to cope with that burden...  Also in the mix are Julie Walters, Charles Dance, and Helen Mirren. Lucy Brown is perfect as a visual for our Irish heroine, but if she can't do the accent, she's out...we don't want any Tom Cruise type disasters in our movie!


 

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Different worlds collide with explosive results when a wealthy business man meets his hostile Irish Traveller son for the first time.


 

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Neither - it's to be published by indie publishers, Choc Lit.


 

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

A couple of  years. Originally,we wrote 240k words as we thought there was a minimum, not a maximum!  We then had to re-write and lose half of it.


 

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

I can't think of any, but would love to hear  If anyone else can. Would obviously be my kind of book. :)


 

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I loved the character of Dallas in Sex Chips and Rock and Roll, and wanted to create a hero like him...cute but feisty!


 

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

There are two romances, one dealing with young love, one a bit older. And  there is a mix of cultures and class.

 


Have passed the baton on now to Lin Treadgold, whose debut novel Goodbye Henrietta Street is being published in July 2013,

http://itslinhere.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/870

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14 Comments

Reply [email protected]
9:48 PM on February 13, 2013 
You know how much I love Luke (Beneath an Irish Sky). I only wish I could read the bits you threw out!
Keep up the good work, my friend You've only just begun, so much excitement ahead! I'll be here cheering you on - and on - and on. :)
Reply Suzi
5:38 PM on November 14, 2012 
I love the concept behind your story. I used to have 'Sex, Chips, and Rock n Roll' on video, but it got lost in a move. If your characters are as compelling as the a- fore mentioned, then your book will be fabulous!
Reply Liv Thomas
2:28 AM on November 14, 2012 
Jady Sinclair says...
congratulations Liv, love Jadyx


Thanks, Jady. Still very surreal. x
Reply Jady Sinclair
6:25 PM on November 13, 2012 
congratulations Liv, love Jadyx
Reply Liv Thomas
1:45 PM on November 13, 2012 
Mandy says...
Can't wait to read Beneath an Irish Sky!


Thanks, Mandy. And feeling the same about A Stitch in Time - so love time travel books!
Reply Liv Thomas
1:44 PM on November 13, 2012 
Liz Harris says...
I love the idea behind your book, Liv. I can''t wait to read it!

Liz X


Thanks, Liz. If it's considered anywhere near as good as yours, we'll be more than pleased.
Reply Liv Thomas
1:43 PM on November 13, 2012 
Lin Treadgold says...
Sounds like something I would enjoy very much. Oddly enough I also wrote too much with my book and now I can write a sequel! Hope you kept your other half. I did and intend to write the other half soon. Well done Liv and Val I wish you every success.


Thanks, Lin. No we didn't keep half. We got rid of what we deemed superfluous. So you can guess just how much waffle there was! Pure soap opera...
Reply Liv Thomas
1:41 PM on November 13, 2012 
Diane Baker says...
Ive read this book and its brilliant. Cant wait to see it in print.
Even though ive already read it im still gonna buy it


Thank you, Di. You've been a great encouragement.
Reply Liv Thomas
1:41 PM on November 13, 2012 
Gwen Kirkwood says...
I love the dark haired, blue eyed hero already, even unseen. The Choc-lit books I have read so far have been excellent and I'm sure this will live up to expectations. It must be difficult to write a book between two of you so congratulations and good luck.


Thank you, Gwen.

And I love him too. Was really hard to move on in the next book!
Reply Gwen Kirkwood
6:16 AM on November 13, 2012 
I love the dark haired, blue eyed hero already, even unseen. The Choc-lit books I have read so far have been excellent and I'm sure this will live up to expectations. It must be difficult to write a book between two of you so congratulations and good luck.
Reply Diane Baker
12:55 PM on November 12, 2012 
Ive read this book and its brilliant. Cant wait to see it in print.
Even though ive already read it im still gonna buy it
Reply Lin Treadgold
7:16 AM on November 12, 2012 
Sounds like something I would enjoy very much. Oddly enough I also wrote too much with my book and now I can write a sequel! Hope you kept your other half. I did and intend to write the other half soon. Well done Liv and Val I wish you every success.
Reply Liz Harris
3:24 AM on November 12, 2012 
I love the idea behind your book, Liv. I can''t wait to read it!

Liz X
Reply Mandy
3:06 AM on November 12, 2012 
Can't wait to read Beneath an Irish Sky!