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The Next Big Thing


Friend and writer Melanie Robertson-King asked me if I would like to be tagged in The Next Big Thing.  I agreed to do this and here are my responses to the questions.  Unfortunately most of the authors I contacted had either already been tagged to do this or were very busy with other projects.  However three of them were happy for me to post their websites/blog details at the foot of my responses.  I have also detailed my own website and that of Famous Five Plus.  Founded by Pauline Barclay, it showcases independent authors from all over the world and is well worth a look.  Now to the questions:

What is the working title of your book?

The Other Side of Morning

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I’ve previously written a trilogy (When Tomorrow Comes, Love Lies and Promises and The Ghost of You and Me), a sequel to the trilogy (Between Today and Yesterday) and this is the final part of the series.

What genre does your book fall under?

Romance/Contemporary fiction

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

Based on looks alone, I would choose Rachel Weisz for Charlotte.  My inspiration for Christian who fronts the band Rosetti, (and is one of the main characters in Between Today and Yesterday), came from seeing Kelly Jones of the Stereophonics.  He’s, not an actor, but a rock musician and was just how I visualised Christian would look.  And for Alessandro my choice would be the very handsome Santiago Cabrera who starred as Sir Launcelot in Merlin.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Falling in love with the wrong man was Charlotte’s first mistake – her second was thinking marrying someone else would mean she could forget him.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?


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

Am just about to start, but hopefully it will be ready after Christmas

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

Oh dear, this is a difficult one.  My original trilogy was a saga/romance set in the 60’s and 70’s, which one reviewer said readers of Lesley Pearse would love.  Between Today and Yesterday moved everything on into more contemporary writing and the current book I’m working on continues that theme. I’m still with the same family so guess we’re looking at saga/romance but in a more modern way as the story has evolved.  I’m not sure any other writer has done this so have nothing to compare it with.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I needed to take the journey just one step further.  The trilogy told Matt and Ella’s story and Between Today and Yesterday brought their journey to an end and I’m leaving them to enjoy a peaceful middle-age.  It’s the turn of the next generation now and Ella’s niece Charlotte is the central character.  She is engaged to Christian but falls passionately in love with Alessandro.  She breaks off her engagement to be with him, only to discover a secret that brings their affair to an abrupt and painful end.  She returns to Christian and they eventually marry.   But the feelings she has for Alessandro have never quite gone away.  A chance meeting some years later sees the resumption of their passionate affair – something which will have far-reaching consequences not only for her marriage to Christian, but for the rest of the family.

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

Every book I’ve written so far has a central story with lots of other sub plots running parallel with it.  Therefore although the reader is principally concentrating on the central characters, there’s other action going on, all which dovetails into the main plot.  I therefore like to think that readers are well entertained.  I’m not giving any of the plot away other than the small teaser I’ve written above. – Joanna Lambert Website – Pauline Barclay’s Website – Pauline Barclay’s Blog – Famous Five Plus – for Indie Authors whose passion is to succeed    – Owen Carey Jones’ Blog – Owen Cary Jones’ Website – Kit Domino’s Website – Kit Domino’s Blog


Directs fictional destinies. Living on the edge of a wonderful Georgian city. Addicted to Arthurian legend, good wine, and rock music. Writes...mostly about love

5 thoughts on “The Next Big Thing

  1. It’s funny, isn’t it, how the characters we create can become so real to us that we feel a need to really and truly complete their stories before we let them go? I love that, and I reckon it bodes well for the care and attention you’ll have put into this story.

    And that cover is gorgeous! Wow! 🙂

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