Tuesday, 30 October 2012

The Next Big Thing....

A few weeks back I was tagged by Evangeline to participate in The Next Big Thing blog hop. I really had good intentions to partake but time seemed to just carry me away into a parallel universe....okay, maybe that's a bit extreme...but you know what I mean, time just ran away with me. So, last week, the lovely Ruchita tagged me once again and this time I managed to wing my way back to the Earth's orbit and grab a few minutes to answer the TNBT Q's! (Or in other words, sit down quietly for half an hour whilst the kids nap!)Here goes....

Q. What is the working title of your next book?
The Venancio's Revenge (but it's possible it will change).

Q. From where did the idea come?
Umm, good question. Honestly, I'm not too sure. My head, but inspiration wise, I have no idea! After seeing Rio and favelas in a few films and having always wanted to visit there, I decided to write a story that included these things. I am also a huge fan of strong heroines and Alpha males, modern/contemporary/presents type stories, revenge plots and surprise pregnancies, so wanted to somehow incorporate it all into one great story! 

Q. Under which genre does your book fall?
Contemporary romance. 

Q: Which actors would you choose to play the part of your characters for a movie?
Daniella would be played by Natalie Portman and Luca by Eduardo Verastegui. These two are EXACTLY how I envisage D & L in my head. Luca is the ultimate alpha male and isn’t afraid to use his money and authority to get him through life. He believes he is well controlled until he reunites with Daniella who gradually softens his harsh demeanor with the truth. Daniella is strong in every sense and understanding of the word. She can appear shy and feeble but ultimately she is the strength of the relationship   my Pinterest board if you'd like to check out more pics of D & L and the settings etc...Pinterest

Q. What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?
Hmm...that's a really tough one, synopsis's are a weak spot, but here goes....

Brazilian tycoon, Luca Venancio is returning to Rio to have revenge against his once fiance, now widowed and pregnant sister in law, Daniella, but will it be too late to save their relationship when she reveals the true reason for her actions?
Q. Will you self-publish or be represented by an agent?
I have no idea at the moment! Will wait and see...but I am really hoping to submit to a publisher and go via that route. 

Q. How long did it take to write the first draft?
I'm still going after 2 and half years! (Don't laugh!) What with work, children, family, etc etc etc it hasn't always been possible to write as often as I would have liked to but I've been determined to finish it, however long it took! The first draft is complete, now I'm just sending piece by piece to the lovely freelance editor, Annie Seaton to work her magic and help polish it up from a rough stone to a bright, shiny diamond (I hope!)

Q: With which books within your genre would your story compare?
Although it uses several stereotypical tropes of pregnancy, revenge and reunited lovers,(oh yes, I've been doing my blog reading, peeps), I'm hoping my story is as unique as possible and not compared to any? But I do believe it fits neatly in amongst the genre of contemporary romances perfectly.

Q: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I have always loved to read any genre, but especially romance. Seeing brilliant authors like Jane Porter and Jennie Lucas weave such beautiful and emotive stories that offered true escapism, I instantly knew that was what I wanted to do. I wanted (want) to make people feel exactly how I had felt when reading their stories and be able to pass on that experience. I have always wanted to put pen to paper (or fingers to keys!) but never seemed to have the time (poor excuse, I know!) So, I bit the bullet one day after my twins were born I thought I'm just going to start and see where it leads me....So far the journey has been great! I have met some fantastic, lovely and extremely supportive people along the way, majority of the thanks goes to the wonderful power of Facebook and Twitter for allowing this happen. 

Q: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Well, there is jet setting (Luca's private jet, OBVIOUSLY!) across the globe between Rio and New York...Vibrant locations whisking you away from the day to day, including the Rio carnival, Sugar Loaf Mountain and slinky Gala events. If you enjoy intensely romantic stories, which have you rooting for the heroine and initially despising but ultimately loving the alpha,  I'm positive you will like The Venancio's Revenge!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about my WIP, characters and inspirations! For next week, I am tagging...

Faith Thomas 

Aurelia B Rowl

Gabrielle Battistel

Susie Medwell 

Louise Rose-Innes

'Til next time!

Sam :-)



  1. Sounds juicy and awesome Samantha! I hope I get a chance to read it! And your characters sound fascinating. Good luck with it!

  2. Great post!!!!

    Looking forward to "tagging along"

    Will let you know when I've done mine so your followers can keep up with all the fun and games we writers get up to!!!!

    Have a good one Samantha



    1. Cool, thanks Gabrielle! Look forward to reading yours. X

  3. Your story sounds delightful. I would love to ride in Lucas private jet and travel the world.

  4. You sound like me with the two and a half years! Good luck with getting it published - it sounds great :-) My current one will be winging its way to Annie soon too!

    1. Thanks susie :-) all the best with yours too! X

  5. Sorry, I'm late visiting, Sam, blame it on Diwali season :) Loved reading about your wip,and the jetset locations, wow!Can't wait to read. Thanks so much for carrying on the thread.

    1. Hope you had a great Diwali, ruchita! Thanks for stopping by x


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