As a Multiple Sclerosis patient, it has become necessary for me to reinvent myself. I have ... and continue to ... refuse to lie down and die, or in this case, follow the normally prescribed drugs and treatments that do nothing to defeat my disease. I am not only surviving by pursuing alternatives, I am thriving. I do the things specialists told me I would never be able to do. I walk and hope to one day even run regularly. I retain my cognitive and creative abilities for the pleasure of my readers. Although you may never see me on my daily walk, you are welcome to read my novel(s) and in doing so, come to ask yourself, "How can the 'out of the box' protocol she has followed, help my loved one with an autoimmune disease like Multiple Sclerosis?"

The Next Big Thing

Yes, I've been tagged by the Huff Sisters all the way on the other coast. Really? Yes.


What is the working title of your book? I'm actually working on two but they are both in the same Trilogy/series. The Trilogy/series title is The Talisman. Bk1 is Crisscross in Time and Bk2 is Spiritualist

Where did the idea come from for the book? Wow, that takes me back! One of the first novels I wrote and received a basket full of rejections on was Crisscross in Time but on my families begging, it has been revitalized, improved and now added to. The whole story is part of childhood fantasies, laying on my back on top of the haystack and wondering what if? I had no idea at the time that the fantasies would take shape in the form of a novel, or a trilogy/series.

What genre does your book fall under? This WIP is definitely a Time-travel Romance with my own personal brand of suspense.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? That is a tough one. I can say that in the defunked original I had Hugh Jackman in mind for the hero lead, Quinn and the actor (of please forgive me for not recalling his name) that played opposite Hugh as the character Jed in Oklahoma as his brother, Albert. The lead? As in little Miss Perry Mason wanna be? Myself…who else? Of course I was a lot younger and starry eyed then.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Honestly, I am still working on that for this one. It wouldn't be fair to try and formulate it at present because I am a punster writer and although I know my MC and what makes her tick, I haven't completely decided just how she will manage to reach her story goal. And her goal is rather unselfish when she hasn't found the thing she truly wants yet. (evil laughter)

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Neither, it is my hopes that my current Publisher will pick it up, but I have yet to have the first book polished to the level I personally demand before submitting.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? (scratches head trying to remember) That would be the draft that I submitted years ago. I'm guessing about a year. I tried plotting with it. It went quick, but I hated how it figuratively tied my creative hands.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I try not to compare. I know there have been a few that truly disappointed me, but I will bury those titles in my memory banks and just say, none really.

Who or What inspired you to write this book? The old red barn that was at my grandfather's place. It was two stories, moved about thirty miles on logs and with draft horses. Once served as a saloon and brothel.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? In Bk1, that old barn that I mentioned earlier is the saloon and brothel where at least one of the characters makes a living. It is where several of the scenes take place. I haven't decided if it will play an important role in Bk2 yet. I'm still developing logistics of how and why a middle aged woman would venture into time-travel.
(Update- the how is solved and the why, now on to the fun part of landing her squarely in the frying pan just to toss her into the fire, then the coals and back again. She may obtain her story goal, but it'll cost her...evil laugh...)

Don't forget that I am offering you a chance at winning a free e-copy of Dark Days of Promise, my debut novel. Leave a comment for a chance to win. Tweet of FB your friends, tell me about it at shassidy(at)comcast(dot) net(The time stamp will show me how honest you are.) the winner will be chosen from the comments and emails by one of my illustroius family members and posted here, so check back!

And the list and links to those I'm tagging--visit them next Wednesday!

Margaret L. Turley RN Margaret's Blog

David Lee Summers

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