Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Author Joyce DiPastena tagged me in The Next Big Thing. It's a game where I get to tell about my work-in-progrress. I also write historical fiction, and contemporary ghost stories, but this is what I'm working on right now.
What is your working title of your book?
Fairy Dust

Where did the idea come from for the book?
When coming home from a writer’s retreat, I was talking with a friend and came up with the idea.

What genre does your book fall under?
It’s a mixed genre that I call women’s fantasy. Sounds intriguing, right?

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Amy Adams for Angela, and Jude Law for her husband, Ted.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Angela Anderson wakes to discover she has fairy wings and a fairy mission to perform, but as she tries determining whether or not she’s gone nuts, her non-believing husband, Ted, becomes increasingly alarmed with Angela’s erratic behavior and a growing friendship between her and a handsome fireman.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
If traditional publishing falls through I won’t hesitate to go Indie.

May we see an intro to your manuscript?
Fairy Dust has a prologue , but this is a few paragraphs from the first chapter when she first discovers her wings:

Angela groaned with frustration. If only she could get some sleep. Leg cramps. Hot flashes. They were having a heyday with her tonight—and that familiar ache in her shoulder. Rubbing it now, she tried alleviating the pain, but something was there—unfamiliar, foreign. Angela swept her hand across the sheets thinking to remove a stray candy wrapper.


Puzzled, she rubbed her shoulder again. Something was stuck to her back. Only able to reach so far, she fingered the edge. It felt soft. She tugged, but it didn’t come off. Curious and sitting in bed now, Angela arched backwards, reaching.

It felt strangely like . . . wings. Wings?

Shagging the sleep away, Angela leaned forward, elbows on her legs, chin in her hands, and massaging her cheeks. What month was it? Had she forgotten to take off her Halloween costume again? No, it was September. Chills surged down her spine and sparkled down her arms, making the hairs stand on end.

Were the kids, or Ted somehow responsible? She glanced at her sleeping husband. This wasn’t some misguided joke, was it? Angela shook her head at the improbability. But wings? It seemed like too much to hope for. That didn’t stop a hopeful grin from spreading across her face.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Although, there are lots of books with teens who develop super powers and such, I haven’t heard of any with a middle-aged protagonist. I’m not discouraged though. Before Twilight, most readers hadn’t heard of a vampire/human romance, and now they’re everywhere. Maybe I’ll start a trend.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
Most books end with the ‘happily ever after,’ but what happens after that? In Fairy Dust, Angela is already married to the man of her dreams, but can they hold on to that love after middle-age and hormones set in? To add a little fun to the mix, Angela sprouts wings, a local fireman gets a little too friendly, and just before their first granddaughter is born Ted wants to move the family to California.  

Here is the link back to Joyce DiPastena's blog: http://jdp-news.blogspot.com

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