Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Next Big Thing Award!

The Next Big Thing Award!

I've been tagged in the Next Big Thing award by Laura from My Baffling Brain.

Thanks , Laura!  Always nice to get some recognition from fellow writers!
I have to answer a few questions about my writing, so here goes....

What is the working title of your book? 
The Sidewalk's Regrets.  Interestingly, I usually don't find titles easy to come up with.  Most of my books spend the first few drafts being called things like Chris and Casey until I come up with something more interesting.  But for this one I knew the title had to come from music and one line from one song kept creeping back into my head.  Amazingly, I've even managed to make the title work into the novel too!

Where did the idea come from? 
The whole book came to me in under 24 hours after seeing a documentary about a musician friend of mine.  There was one line his ex-girlfriend said that just handed me the book on a platter.  It was something that spoke volumes to me at the time, but after finishing the first draft, I went back and re-watched the film and couldn't figure out which thing she said was the one that sparked the book!

What genre does your book fall under? 
It's YA contemporary, like almost all my books.  It's a little more of a romance than anything else I've written, but I wouldn't call it a straight romance.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie? 
To be honest, I couldn't cast this with movie actors.  All the characters are very much based on  musicians I've known and worked with over the years, so in my mind that's who I'd cast.  Except those people as they were 20 years ago or so....

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book? 
When faced with life-changing decisions,  Sacha discovers that despite what the songs say, sometimes love isn’t all you need.

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

I couldn't say at this stage.  Hopefully represented by an agency, but you never know...

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? 
About seven weeks, I think.  I started at the beginning of May and finished toward the middle of June.

Who or what inspired you to write this book? 
Probably the musician the documentary was about and his girlfriend....

What else about you book would pique the reader's interests?
It's the sex, drugs and rock n roll book I was probably born to write, given all the years I've spent hanging on the fringes of that world....

And now I need to pass this award on....  Hmmmm.....


  1. Hi, Kate,

    Congrats on the award. Nice to read more about your work. I LOVE y/a contemporary. As a matter of fact, my latest novel is also y/a contemporary. Great minds ...

    Thanks for the award.

  2. You're welcome! Sounds like an interesting story :)

  3. Thanks for thinking of me for the award. It's so nice of you to give me a shout-out. :-)