Thanks to Linda Townsdin, a dear Sister in Crime, I’ve been “tagged” to highlight my next “big thing.” After than, I’m tagging some writer/blogger friends to pass it on for the fun of it.

*Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing*


What is your working title of your book?

House of Dads

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I’ve lived in the midst of several family businesses in which prime value was placed on carrying on the family name and business by males only. This tradition has served up mixed results and is a practice I wanted to explore in fiction.

What genre does your book fall under?

Suspense/thriller

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

Amanda Seyfried to play protagonist Hillary Broome, the redheaded reporter from the outcast branch of Patrick Broome’s family. images-1

Zack Ward to play detective Eddy Kiffin, Hillary’s new love. images-7

And to play the budding killer Violet Broome, dark-tressed Zooey Deschanel would be excellent.

Give a brief synopsis of your book.

HOUSE OF DADS opens near the end of 2005 during the peak of the housing construction boom, when Hillary’s cousin Teddy, male heir to a powerful real estate development corporation in California, collapses and dies at an Irish wake. His death drags Hillary into a network of jealousy, greed, and secrets that could topple financial empires.

In the midst of planning to elope with detective Ed Kiffin, Hillary must find out if Teddy’s death was an accident or fratricide–the outcome of passive-aggressive sibling rivalry–aimed from his surviving twin sister Violet, who dares to risk all to shield her power in the corporation, inherited since Teddy’s death. Hillary must stop Violet from committing matricide that could spill over and put Hillary’s life in danger, as well.

Who will publish your book?

Gorilla Girl Ink will release House of Dads in late 2013 or early the following spring.

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

It took all of November 2011, during National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO). Now I’m working hard on rewrites!

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

In its focus on family dynamics and mother/daughter relationships it can be compared to Alice Siebold’s The Almost Moon. In it’s suspense/thriller aspects, to Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter series.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My brother failed to carry on our family business successfully. Also, my son is running the family business his paternal grandfather founded which now faces a possible demise due to his not having male children to pass the business on to.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The tension-filled family saga begun by Hillary’s Irish grandfather Patrick Broome, founder of a huge housing development corporation as well as the focus on the housing bubble of the early 21st Century.

Now it’s my pleasure to tag three writer friends to carry on the game:

Nancy Schoellkopf
Suzanne Blaney
Eighteen Wheels and Heels

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