I was tagged by Clare London to participate in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop. It’s a pyramid type of thing where you blog about something you’re working on or something that’s coming out. You tag some people and then they tag some people and then it just sort of grows from there.
Check out Clare London’s Post from last week.
What is the working title of your book?
Come Fly With Me
The title came from one of my pre-readers/editors because toward the end of the story, Kelly glances up and the eagle tattoo on Dwayne’s arm looks like it’s flying.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Despite not having any tattoos myself, I kind of have a kink for reading about others with them. The image I had in my head was a big strapping military type man with lots of tattoos and his really smart boyfriend licking them. The story kind of grew out of that image.
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
This part is easy. Kelly is definitely Matthew Gray Gubler
Dwayne – although he first started out in my head looking like Shemar Moore – he kind of morphed into Dwayne Johnson and as his personality emerged, he was definitely more like Dwayne Johnson – and really I didn’t name him Dwayne because of that, it just worked out that way. In fact, I actually thought about changing his name but left it because no other name seemed right for him.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
I abhor writing these. My summaries always come out stilted and stiff and my pre-readers just shake their heads and come up with something brilliant. So anything I write here? Will be tweaked by them to make me sound amazing. How about this?
Licking tattoos can be educational, if done with the right person.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It’s included in the new Ink Anthology from Torquere Press that is out today!
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Hmmm, a couple of months I think? It actually started out as a different story, a teacher/student story and for whatever reason it just didn’t work. So I scrapped a lot of what I had and changed the focus to Dwayne’s tattoos and everything seemed to fall into place.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Oh goodness, I don’t know, I hate comparing my work to the work of others because there are just so many good authors out there. But if it’s tattoos you’re into then probably some of the ones in the same anthology, which sadly I haven’t had time to read, but the one right after mine, Dragon by D.K. Jernigan – I read the first few paragraphs of that and was entranced by the description of the dragon tattoo. Funny, this became my Baader-Meinhof phenomenon, now I see tattoo stories EVERYWHERE.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Oops, I answered that one above – once I figured out Dwayne’s tattoos and when and why he got them, it took on a life of its own.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Well, there is that whole teacher/student vibe even though they really aren’t and Dwayne is actually older than Kelly. So the normal trope gets turned a little bit on its head.
Thanks so much for reading!
Unfortunately, everyone I know seems to have been tagged. Anna Lee was the only one available so be sure to check out her post next week.