So, today I’m talking about the Next Big Thing blog campaign. This campaign began in Australia and went international, showcasing new authors and/or new books for kids through teens. Each author answers the same set of questions about a recently published books and/or those that are slated to be released. Then that author “tags” a few other authors who do the same thing. I'll be talking about Act LIke You Love Me, which comes out June 10th! And I’m tagging Rachel Harris and Alexi Raymond.
What is the working title of your next book?
Act Like You Love Me. And since it’s coming out in a month, that’s the title that’s staying, too.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
After writing Falling for Her Fiancé, I got a lot of wonderful feedback from readers saying they wanted more. So I decided to write a series—the Accidentally in Love Series. I’d had an idea years ago about a director and an actress, and there was a nice, behind the curtains kiss in my mind. So I decided to explore that idea, and add in the fact that Brynn had a huge crush on Sawyer in high school, but he doesn't even recognize her, which annoys and relieves her all at the same time. From there all the pieces starting to fall into place.
What genre does your book fall under?
Adult contemporary romance
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I remember a story about Katy Perry, where she went back to her high school to perform and the guy who wouldn’t give her the time of day back then was there. She’s got funky style and I modeled Brynn from a cross of her and Zooey Dechanel, since I love her charming awkwardness on New Girl. Either one of those would be a great pick for Brynn.
As for Sawyer, well, I used pictures of a male model Heather from Love N Books posted as I was writing. So I don’t know if he acts, but his name is David Entinghe, and he’s got the same green eyes Sawyer has. I posted a pic to my FB page if you want to stare into those eyes for a minute. Lol. https://www.facebook.com/CindiMadsenBooks?ref=hl#!/photo.php?fbid=649436028416834&set=a.482913825069056.128498.294170647276709&type=1&theater
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Former awkward drama geek Brynn McAdams pretends to be someone else when her former high school crush, Sawyer Raines, is the new director of the play she’s in.
Who is publishing your book?
Entangled Publishing, the Bliss line!
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
It took me five and a half crazy weeks, from idea to my editor’s inbox. I’m still a little twitchy from it. Lol
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I’m never good at comparing my book to others. I’ll just say it’s a romantic comedy, so if you like those, we’re good to go J
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Fishing is mentioned in the book quite a bit, which was something I did with my family growing up, and Brynn definitely has some characteristics similar to my sister Randa, and even a few similarities of my critique partner, Brandy Vallance. My sister in law, Crystal, is an actress, and she answered my many questions on acting, as did the fabulous Rachel Harris.
What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
There are lots of funny lines and lots of kissing. Plus there’s a scene in the rain. RAIN! Kissing! Yay!
Next up on The Next Big Thing, a week from today, I’ve tagged these two fabulous authors: