The Next Best Thing Blog Hop 2012

Thanks to Barrett for tagging me! My new work is a novella. It will probably weigh in at about 35000 words. I hope to have it out by the end of December or early January.

What is the working title of your book?

Midnight In Orlando.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I was riding the train from New York to DC. Being alone on a train is very conducive to developing writing ideas. Something about it just kickstarts the brain. I wrote the first chapter or so of what would become Midnight in Orlando on that trip. I think we had just passed Trenton and I imagined a woman taking the train from Trenton to Baltimore and just went with it.

What genre does your book fall under?


Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I have no idea. I try not to imagine such things since it would be distracting to have an actor’s face in my head as I am thinking about character.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

You just never know what will happen in Orlando.

What is the longer synopsis of your book?

Ugh, I hate this part. This is completely off the cuff…

Susan Voight needs a vacation. A work-a-holic lawyer from Baltimore whose career just took a step in the right direction, Susan discovers there is an entire online world devoted to her favorite diversion — lesfic. Throwing caution to the wind, she buys a ticket to the annual lesfic conference in Orlando. All she wants is to eat, drink and sleep books. But somewhere in the back of her mind she has a tiny hope that she just might meet someone.

Nic Green has been writing lesfic for a decade. She has used it to both combat her (mostly invented) neuroses and avoid real life. She decides it is high time she met some of her readers. But at her first lesfic conference, she might not be as ready for the life the of the public author as she thinks she is. But then she meets Susan…

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


How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I don’t remember but I would say a couple of months. I keep meaning to keep track of how many actual hours I work on something.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I attended the GCLS conference three times in Orlando. It is such a great environment for writers and readers to get together. I thought, What could be a better place for a romance than a romance conference?

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

This is much lighter fiction than I have ever attempted. For me, not going heavy can be difficult. There was a paragraph in the first draft of this manuscript that I knew I had to strike when my first reader laughed out loud when she read it. Not because it was funny but because I had a character go to a very dark place in what is really a light romance. I think I have succeeded in excising the heaviness. I hope readers will find this romance fun and amusing.

Caren Werlinger, you’re it! She will be answering questions here at my site next week. I’m very excited to hear about Caren’s new novel!

7 thoughts on “The Next Best Thing Blog Hop 2012”

  1. Great job, Amy! The story sounds like a little bit of fun and a little bit of “familiarity” wrapped in a blanket of humidity!Can’t wait.
    Thanks for taking up the gauntlet.

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