Writer Wednesday is… the Next Best Thing!

So this is a special Wednesday! I was tagged by Steve Evans and decided it was time to introduce the next longerish title by B.G. Hope! She doesn’t talk much and doesn’t have her own blog, so here’s her only spotlight, LOL!

Here are the ten questions she’s supposed to answer for the Next Best Thing:

What is the working title of your book?
“Six Months”. First and final title. Sometimes I struggle with titles, sometimes I don’t. In this case, I didn’t. The original screenplay was written in 2007. This is the prose version, slightly revised and adjusted to novel form.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
Finding love after 40. Having a happy bachelor being forced to marry and falling in love with a stubborn old spinster – ahem! A lovely single woman who was doing just fine on her own until he came along. Relationships and war of the sexes – the usual stuff!

What genre does your book fall under?
Romance, although I don’t follow the genre’s rules. But it’s definitely a love story. The movie was labelled romantic comedy.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Chris is Keanu Reeves and Helen… Aishwarya Rai Bachchan – if she can make her comeback without Hubby Abi. Although by the time this movie gets made, she’ll probably have come back anyway, LOL! (And yes, I can hear the Caricaturist‘s comment about my choice for the lady, spare me, please! Dhanyavaad or shukriya, mere dosto! ;))

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A workaholic exec has six months to find love and marry in order to secure a much desired promotion.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Agents, no thank you (see Kris Rusch’s post on agents and you’ll know why I don’t want to hear about them)! Unicorn Productions will put it on Amazon, Smashwords and Kobo, with a print version coming the new year (can’t order proofs in December, they get lost in the mail). But you can definitely have the e-book for Christmas!

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The screenplay went through 4 drafts, based on Hollywood coverages. The first prose draft was written in about two weeks, longhand (that’s my average speed anyway). Typing and revising took another couple of weeks (I was slowed down by other writerly stuff and PC crashing at the worst times, sigh), and I’m currently revising and expanding before sending it out to betas. It’s a short novel or a novella – the size of Johnny&Marian.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Agh! Dunno. Like I said, it’s not a typical romance. I can pair it only with the aforementioned Johnny&Marian – because it came out of a screenplay and deals with love and relationships. Being a former screenplay, I could compare it to a movie: Harry meets Sally!

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Hollywood’s hottest bachelor according to Barb and the author herself! I might do a printed version that includes the original screenplay just for me and him – wouldn’t be the first time! Watch out, Mr Reeves! 😉

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s my reflection about today’s world and relationships. Any big city where two people might meet and fall in love in spite of themselves. I guess there’s a lot of me in Helen, but also in Chris – that’s the beauty of being a prolific author with multiple personalities, LOL!

🙂 🙂 🙂

And now onward to more great authors who will post their answers on Nov.28! Or you can visit all those wonderful ladies, like, right now! 🙂

Michelle Davidson Argyle

Sarah R. Yoffa

Alice Charles

Cat Woods

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  1. Thanks so much for including me in your list, Barb! I’m looking forward to doing my own Next Big Thing entry next week….still gotta decide which of my too-many WIPs to discuss though! Hmm….



  2. Fun to read! I’m looking forward to doing my Next Big Thing, but haven’t decided what I’ll put on it yet. 🙂


  3. My best wishes to B. G. Hope for her new title 🙂


    • Dhanyavaad or shukriya, mere dosto! 😉
      (How’s my Hindi? ;))


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