Not so Wordless Wednesday

Today, I'm taking a break from Wordless Wednesday to participate in a blog hop about "the next big thing". . . it's telling you about the book I'm working on and then blog hopping to some other writers in two weeks to hear about their works in progress. 

For those of you who aren’t familiar with a blog hop, it’s a series of posts linked to each other across the web. I’d like to thank Edie Melson for tagging me to participate!

In this particular hop, I’m answering ten questions about my latest WIP (Work in Progress). Feel free to post questions and comments!

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:

What is the working title of your book?

The Cuff's Pawn

Where did the idea come from for the book?
It was a combination of a character in the book appearing in my mind and then an interesting tree that spawned the story line. 

What genre does your book fall under?

Medieval Fantasy

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

Good question. I haven't completely figured out who my teenage leads would be, a male and female lead, but I would want Sean Connery to play the part of Gammel. 

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Usually the follower, can Lucas put aside his doubts long enough to save and return Avelina safely to her father?

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’m fortunate to be represented by Jonathan Clements from Wheelhouse Literary Group. 

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

It took a couple of years for the first draft.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Actually, when I started this book, I specifically wanted it to be different than what was on the market for teenage boys. And I certainly didn't want to try and imitate the greats like Lewis and Tolkein. So there are no vampires, dragons or talking animals in my book. 

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

My critique group is who spurred me on to tell the story after they heard my small seed of an idea.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
 There is an element of power that grows with time and my main male character, Lucas, is finding his place in the world. 

Now I invite you to visit these next 5 blogs to meet more authors! They'll be posting their answers to the questions above on January 2nd. 


  1. Oh, Mary! What an honor to be selected for the blog hop! I enjoyed reading your responses just now, and can't wait to read your book once it's published. Thank you, Mary, for thinking of me.

    1. You'e very welcome, Cynthia! I can't wait for you to share what you're working on. :)

  2. I'm happy for you that you have someone representing your book. Yesterday, I was phoned by a self-publishing agency and I told them I wasn't interested. From what I could find on them and another one like them is that they want to reap from all the hard work of the writer.

    Wishing you lots of joy and success with your book!

    Tina - American mom raising 4 kids in South Africa and author of one e-book and four blogs

    1. Thanks Tina! I'm glad you understand the publishing industry enough to know that publishers that ask you to front money aren't a good idea. If you haven't already started reading Edie Melson's blog,, you should check it out. She provides great information on writing.

      Thanks for dropping by. I enjoyed your blog.


  3. Mary, this was very interesting! Like Edie writing a science fiction book, I can't picture you doing midevil fantacy.

    1. Thanks Jamie! Edie is a great writer and her book is amazing. :)

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    1. Thanks Kristin! :) You shot of the lights was amazing!!

  5. Oh, thank you, Mary! I'm so glad you gave me a head's up, too. ;) I guess I'm it now.

    1. Absolutely! Can't wait to read about you. :)