A Passport In Time Mystery, A Whirled Peas Cafe Mystery, blue moon beer, Chi-Town Pizza, Deadly As Nature, E.B. Pike, Esther Bradley-DeTally, Gail Baugniet, Gerry Wilson, Honolulu, Kasie Whitener, Laurie Hanan, Lei Crime Series, Life On Clemson Road, Louise Golden Mystery Series, Nancy's Pizza, Pepper Bibeau, Pepper Bibeau Mystery Series, Sorrygnat, The Syringa Gulch Survey, The Writerly Life, This Is A Life Moment, Toby Neal, Veronica Roth, Wordsmith Studio, World Citizen, Writerlious
Thursdays have been the most difficult day for me to pin down. They are evolving. Trial and error. Mostly error. Or at least missing the mark. But this blogging adventure is about experimentation. That is just one reason your participation and feedback are so important to me. I am thankful, indeed, grateful for your acts of co-creation that make this blog possible.
When Gail Baugniet called claiming that she owed me lunch, her treat and my pick, it was an offer I couldn’t refuse. For that I am thankful.
I had just finished reading Gail’s latest release: Deadly As Nature, book two of her Pepper Bibeau series when I spotted a Groupon for Chi-Town Pizza. The first Pepper Bibeau is set in Chi-Town as in Chicago, Illinois in the late 1960′s, a time and place I remember well. Pepper grew up with Hawaii (in her case, Hawaiian) roots a well as Midwestern. The only thing more fitting would have been to go out for a piece of pie, à la mode à la Pepper.
The serendipity of finding what looked like classic Chicago stuffed pizza à la Nancy’s and the play on Chi-Towns (Chi-cago, IL and Chi-natown, HI) was too good to pass by as was the $15 price tag for one whole pie with two drafts of Blue Moon beer. The ingredients were organic and locally sourced. Not quite Chicago-style of my childhood memory, more cheese and an overabundance of toppings. Toppings? or is it stuffings? in a stuffed pizza? In our case, it would have been more cheese, more onions, more mushrooms and of course, more Peppers.
Sisters In Crime
We settled into a pair of comfy sofas and proceeded to talk all things Sisters In Crime Hawaii Chapter, in preparation for next week’s Noon TweetChat and Wednesday night meeting. For those of you on O’ahu, please join us Wednesday, September 19th at 6p at Makiki Community Library. Whether or not you are in the Islands, join us for our Noon TweetChat (6p EDT). #SinCHI
Over the past six months, I have been blessed to be involved with some of the most amazingly talented and generous writers. When Gail “tagged” me for The Next Big Thing, I needed to take a few beats to before I jumped right in. I’m unsure of its genesis, but I know the lineage to which I belong. Toby Neal, author of the Lei Crime Series, had given it to Laurie Hanan, author of the Louise Golden Series, who in turn gave it to Gail Baugniet, author of the Pepper Bibeau Series. Inspirational! All three of these writers are members of Sisters In Crime/ Hawaii Chapter. All three have published the second book in their respective series this summer.
And like the best things passed down, each had left it slightly altered by their interpretation and imprint on The Next Big Thing (TNBT). Toby had christened it. Gail, is not one to color inside the lines. She made it a series of posts instead of one. She also linked it to her proposed August 28th release date of Deadly As Nature. My decision is to follow Gail’s lead with the reserved right to add some improvisational steps down the line. Instead of posting each week, I intend to post one Thursday a month in anticipation of my own release date. Following Gail’s form, I am naming five blogging authors in each post. I am also inviting all of you to share your own WIP progress in the comments section.
I keep telling folks that the best thing about this blog is the contents of the comments. True, that?! You are my co-creators, after all. And don’t think I am not grateful for it.
My First Five Authors in the Making
My first challenge is to pick authors who are active bloggers and who are currently wrestling with a WIP (Work In Progress). For my own amusement as well as yours, I intend to have each of my sets of five thematically linked.
- Gerry Wilson: The Writerly Life
- E.B. Pike: Writerlious
- Kasie Whitener: Life On Clemson Road
- Veronica Roth: This Is A Life Moment
- Esther Bradley-DeTally: Sorrygnat, World Citizen
And what traits do these five writers share?
These five authors are some of the most regular visitors to my blog leaving wonderfully thoughtful comments in their wake. I also know them through our work in a writers’ consortium known as Wordsmith Studio.
So please, stop by their sites. But do yourself a favor by leaving a comment or two as you visit. These are folks that you surely would want to know better.
Question #1: What is the working title of your book?
The Syringa Gulch Survey:
A Passport In Time Mystery
Factoid: I began this story 14 years ago. About the time Gail nominated me for The Next Big Thing, I realized that it was not only the first book in the PIT (Passport In Time) Mystery Series, but it was also the prequel to my Whirled Peas Cafe Mystery Series. Here’s an interview that I did with Gail earlier this summer:In The SinC/Hawaii Spotlight
Full set of 10 questions for The Next Big Thing Interview
- What is the working title of your book?
- Where did the idea come from for the book?
- What genre does your book fall under?
- Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
- What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
- 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?
- What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
- Who or What inspired you to write this book?
- What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?