Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Welcome to this blog hop. What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way that readers can discover new authors, because with bookstores closing and publishers not promoting new authors as much, we need to find a way to introduce readers to authors they may not see in their local bookstore. Here you have the chance to find many new authors. Here you’ll find information about me and what I’ve just released, “Chris Will: The Story of a Boy and Autism Unawareness." Also see links below to other authors you might like to check out. I’d like to thank fellow author, TANIA PENN for tagging me to participate. Click the link below to check her out: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tania-Penn-Author/336567866456689?ref=hl In this particular hop, I and my fellow authors, in their respective blogs, have answered 10 questions where you get to learn about our current work in progress as well as some insights into our process, from characters and inspirations to plotting and cover decisions. I hope you enjoy it! Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions. Here is my Next Big Thing! 1: What is the working title of your book? Chris Will 2: Where did the idea come from for the book? Primarily, my son, Christopher… However, it is now estimated that one in every 50 school children have some form of autism, so I feel that it is a subject that everyone should be aware of. 3: What genre does your book come under? Biography, Memoir, Special Needs 4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Well, seeing how it’s a memoir about my family… my daughter and I (being involved with acting) could definitely do the mother and daughter roles!! I could see Jaden Smith or Cameron Boyce from the Disney Channel comedy, Jessie playing the role of Chris Will. 5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? It is the story of a boy with autism and his family dealing with a disorder that most of the world seems blind or ignorant to despite the consistently increasing rise in autism diagnoses. 6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency? Self published 7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? It took about six months. 8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I think the way my book is laid out, it’s rather unique… In terms of a story, perhaps: “Let me Hear Your Voice” by Catherine Maurice. 9: Who or what inspired you to write this book? My son and all the children who I see (or don’t see) on a daily basis and their families that not only suffer with their child’s disability but from the ignorance that surrounds them. 10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? I have combined narrative, poetry and letters to create some visual snapshots of not only the struggle and challenges of autism, but also of the beauty within Chris and those unable to voice who they are.