Max Logan’s insecurities have consumed her to the point that she has allowed them to skew her perceptions of people and circumstances. She has grown progressively more bitter, sarcastic, and solitary since her divorce and
feels as though she has spent a lifetime getting the short end of the stick through no fault of her own; still she trudges on. Things can always get better, right? Of course, it’s hard to cultivate optimism when she finds herself dead; the victim of a D.I.E (Death in Error) caused by an overeager Grim Reaper in Training. She brokers a deal to be sent back to Earth as a temporary substitute for the Superintendent of Spiritual Impediment. Can a gir who can’t recognize her own problems rectify the issues of the living impaired?Or will she discover that concentrating on their issues gives her a new perspective on her own?
Here are the list of questions for The Next Big Thing, and my answers:
What is the working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Oddly enough, Death Benefits started life (no pun intended!) as a poem about a woman disgruntled at approaching middle age. It certainly took a sharp left away from the original concept, but that was the basis for the idea.
What genre does your book fall under?
That’s a tough one. It’s one of those oddball things that doesn’t quite fit comfortably anywhere, but I guess I’d have to say contemporary fantasy/paranormal with romantic elements?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I can definitely see Deb Mazur as Max Logan! I think she’s got both the look and the attitude to pull it off perfectly! Max’s ex-husband Roger? Joe Manganiello. No, Roger doesn’t really look anything like him, I just happen to love Joe Manganiello! My movie, my fantasies, right?
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Sometimes you have to die to figure out how to live!
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Death Benefits will be published by Whiskey Creek Press.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Probably about four weeks. Nothing has ever come together for me so quickly before or since.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I’m honestly not sure I can think of a book to compare it to, but if I do I’ll repost! Seriously though, I think every author works to make their story original and unique, every author has their own voice and their own vision, so while I would agree that books within a genre may have similarities, I’m not sure it’s fair or accurate to compare one with another.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
As I mentioned earlier, the germ of the idea came from a poem I’d written a while back. It just kind of flowed from there and
became something quite far removed from the original idea.
What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
I think Max expresses what a lot of people might think but are too polite to say. She is a character that often seems to lack filters, though she isn’t deliberately hurtful and much of her sarcasm is a defense mechanism. The story also says a lot about second chances, both giving them and being willing to accept them.
If you'd like to read DEATH BENEFITS, it’s scheduled for release from Whiskey Creek Press in May 2013. I’m currently working on three very different projects. Hopefully if I can keep from being distracted…I’ll complete one of them soon…oh, look! Shiny!
Thanks again for tagging me, Jan Romes!
I'd like to tag the following people to keep this fun blog hop going: