I had been racking my brain wondering what I’d blog about on the final day of 2012 — the pressure of coming up with something poignant and/or intelligent that I discovered about myself as a writer or about the publishing industry over the past year — when, as luck would have it, the lovely Ellen Meister was kind enough to tag me in this blog chain/self-interview titled, “The Next Big Thing,” which totally took the pressure off. Whew!
As part of this blogging chain, writers answer 10 questions about their recently published or soon-to-be-published works (see Ellen’s answers here). I had the pleasure of interviewing Ellen this year about her book, The Other Life, for the television show, The Writer’s Dream, and am so looking forward to reading Farewell, Dorothy Parker — her fourth novel — which will be published by Putnam in February 2013.
Now, without further ado, here’s my 10-question chat:
- What is the title of your book? Baby Grand
- Where did the idea come from for the book? I truly wish I could remember exactly how and when I came up with the premise for Baby Grand. All I know is it happened sometime in my twenties, when I was working as a full-time editor in Manhattan. I used to commute every day by bus and/or train and would read lots of thrillers by authors such as John Grisham, Michael Crichton and James Patterson. I loved them. Devoured them. And, for some reason, I always thought I had it in me to write one.
- What genre does your book fall under? Thriller
- Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Although Robert De Niro was the inspiration for my villain Don Bailino when I came up with the concept in the mid-1990s, he’s kinda too old to play the character — although, as luck would have it, he’s now a perfect fit for Gino Cataldi (hint, hint). Bobby Cannavale, actually, would be an amazing choice for Bailino (I just saw him in Glengarry Glen Ross on Broadway — he stole the show). And I think Ginnifer Goodwin would make a great Jamie Carter.
- What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? A curly-haired toddler, a down-on-her-luck writer and the bad guys who brought them together. (Not quite a sentence, I know, but it does the trick.)
- Was your book self-published or represented by an agency? Self-published
- How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? I began to work on Baby Grand seriously in February 2009 and finished in August 2010. However, within that year-and-a-half time frame, I probably spent about seven months working on the manuscript — and I wrote most of it in the last seven weeks.
- What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Hmmm, that’s a toughie. I’ve been told by readers that Baby Grand reminds them of Lisa Unger and Janet Evanovich books, so I’ll have to go with that.
- Who or what inspired you to write this book? A love of the genre, in literature, film and television.
- What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? I never intended for there to be a sequel to Baby Grand. It wasn’t until I was writing those last pages that I said to myself, I think there’s so much more I can do here. The sequel is now slated for summer 2014.
Thank you for reading my interview for Baby Grand. To my readers, I hope 2013 brings you much success and happiness. And to Karen Bonnet, author of Whale Island and the Mysterious Bones, Linda Frank, author of the Annie Tillery mysteries, and Olivia Boler, author of The Flower Bowl Spell: Tag, you’re it!