Archive | October 10, 2012

The Between Times by Marta Moran Bishop

I’m proud to  host Marta Moran Bishop who invited me to join THE NEXT BIG THING. Next week, I’ll be sharing about my novel. But today, it’s all Marta!

I’ve joined THE NEXT BIG THING, thanks to Ben Woodward, who invited me. He’s the author A Stairway To Danger.

https://www.facebook.com/benswoodard?ref=ts&fref=ts

Ben was invited by C. Lee McKenzie super blogger. She’s the author of a new middle grade book Alligators Overhead. http://writegame.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-next-big-thing.html

I’m supposed to answer some questions. Here goes.

WHAT IS THE WORKING TITLE OF YOUR BOOK?

The Between Times

WHERE DID THE IDEA COME FROM FOR THE BOOK?

The idea for using what I call The Between Times came to me early in the morning, at the time between night and dawn when the sky is just beginning to lighten, but dawn has not yet broken.

The idea for the rest of the book was based on the current political arena and what I envisioned the country would be like if some of these things happened.

WHAT GENRE DOES YOUR BOOK FALL UNDER?

It falls under future society, paranormal, magic, fantasy.

WHICH ACTORS WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO PLAY YOUR CHARACTERS IN A MOVIE RENDITION?

I would like to see Jewell played by Rhyon Nicole Brown. Benjamin played by Denzel Washington, Ana played by Helen Mirren, Jamie played by Orlando Bloom, and Carlos by Joaquin Phoenix

WHAT IS THE ONE-SENTENCE SYNOPSIS OF YOUR BOOK?

What if for the first time in the history of the United States we took a social and economic nose dive into oblivion?

WILL YOUR BOOK BE SELF-PUBLISHED OR REPRESENTED BY AN AGENCY?

I self-published, after a stint with a publisher, I like the freedom to write what I want and to make my own marketing choices.

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE THE FIRST DRAFT OF YOUR MANUSCRIPT?

The first draft went fairly fast in about six weeks. From there it was the rewrite. Then I added the dialogue and filled out the story.

WHAT OTHER BOOKS WOULD YOU COMPARE THIS STORY TO WITHIN YOUR GENRE?

It has been compared to Orwell’s 1984 and Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451

WHO OR WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK?

I find the time of day I call the between times to hold a special sort of magic for me. I meditate easier and feel more connected to life. I also have noticed how divided we have become as a country and how the span between rich and poor seems to grow each year.

WHAT ELSE ABOUT YOUR BOOK MIGHT PIQUE THE READER’S INTEREST?

Sammy Sutton, author of King Solomon’s Journey, Hidden Mountain, and Darkening Danger, put it best. Imagine if modern day Chicago fades into an evil darkness separated by a wall. A separateness ruled by the upper society that isolates and mistreats the poor. These less fortunate people, in a short amount of time find themselves forced to live in the lower communities suffering from mistreatment comparable only to the concentration camps during WWII. Women are no longer human beings, but are nothing more than breeding animals kept only to prevent extinction of the race. The conditions are bleak and seemingly hopeless.

It is the belief in a Legend that becomes the driving force behind the survival. A young girl named Jewel, living in the captivity of this devastating socioeconomic environment, is the dream. She manifests hope and magic from within this beautiful tale.

I’ve tagged these writers to be the Next Great Thing. Be sure to go their links and say hi. Next Wednesday, October 17, they will be answering the questions.

Sammy Sutton at http://sammywrites.blogspot.com
Dellani Oakes at https://dellanioakes.wordpress.com
Franki deMerle at http://www.facebook.com/FrankiDeMerleAuthor
Bill Lazarus at http://www.williamplazarus@blogspot.com
Fran Lewis at http://www.gabina49@wordpress.com

Undercover Lover – Part 33

As the arrangements are made for Saige’s safety, she realizes what good friends she has. Stan and Brodie have both offered to protect her from harm. Stan would love to blame it all on Ben.

“Blame anything you want to on Ben. It’s indirectly his fault. If he weren’t such a manky twit, I wouldn’t have been driving around anyway.” She imitated Romy’s accent without meaning to.

“You’re beginning to sound like him,” Stan grinned. “Not a bad thing, different.” He shrugged, casting around for something else to say. “I am happy for you, Saige. Jealous as hell of him! Goes without saying, I suppose.”

“I suppose, but I still like to hear it.”

“So, do you think Brodie’s going to kill Mr. Stevens before this project is over?”

“No, but I can see him losing his temper. You didn’t see him on the phone today. It was scary. I’m glad he’s never been that mad at me. I’d run.”

“Stevens is an idiot who assumes because he’s fat and important, he can boss people around. He’s about to meet the Brodie Wall.”

“What’s that?”

“We used to call him that when we played football in high school. He wasn’t all that big until our junior year. He grew like crazy over the summer and could have been a defensive line all by himself.”

“What position did he play?”

“Brodie? Quarterback, of course. Can you see him being anything but the most glamorous position on the team?”

She glanced at Brodie, deep in conversation with Brent. “No. So, what position did you play?”

“Center. Not as glamorous, but I got to knock people down. That worked for me.”

“Isn’t Brodie kind of big for a quarterback? They need speed more than brawn.”

“Well, he wasn’t as big as he is now. But he is, without doubt, the fastest man I know.”

Brent was done talking to Brodie and came over to talk to Saige.

“Trevor is tightening security at Suzie’s,” he explained. “He’ll call when he’s done. Brodie and Stan will help me get you to Suzie’s. Don’t worry about work tomorrow or Wednesday. Brodie has it under control. You’ll be able to hang out at Suzie’s.”

“Look, I really appreciate all this, but I’ve got obligations. And what am I going to tell my mother? She’s already worried about me as it is. If I take two days off work and don’t go home, she’s going to go nuts.”

“I’ve got that under control too,” Brodie told her. “Don’t worry, I’ll talk to your mother and explain.”

“Mrs. Cross! I’m supposed to check on her while Romy’s gone. She’s expecting me.”

“We can get you to and from Julia’s without a problem,” Brent told her.

“And my stuff in the apartment. What about Ben? My life is a wreck.”

“I’ve got a mover going to your old place tomorrow. Make a list of what isn’t yours and they will pack up the rest,” Brent told her. “We’ll put it in storage.”

“Did you guys think of everything?”

“I’m sure we’ve forgotten something,” Brodie said with a chuckle. “But you’ll remind us if we did.”

Brent’s phone rang. “That’s Trevor. He’s set on his end.”

“What do we do now?” Saige was suddenly afraid.

“Now we get you out of here hopefully without the bad guys knowing who you are and where you’re going.”

“How do we do that? They obviously know I’m here.”

He handed her Suzie’s apron and a hair scrunchie. “You’re now Suzie leaving work with Brodie. There will be an argument between Brodie and Stan. Make it look real, but try not to hurt each other,” he cautioned the men. “You leave with Brodie. Stan and I follow you.”

“Is all this necessary?” Saige was upset and tired. Her head ached terribly and somehow this all seemed pointless.

“It may not be, but why risk it?”

Taking the apron and hair scrunchie, she made herself look as much like Suzie as she could. She hadn’t realized how much they were alike in general coloring and build.

“Ready?”

“Yeah.”