I’ve been tagged in The Next Big Thing by fellow writer Moira McPartlin whose first novel, The Incomers has recently been short listed for The Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award 2012.
I’m instructed by Moira to tell you all about my next book by answering these questions and then I tag five other authors about their Next Big Thing. So here I go!

(My, it’s been a while since I memed. To be honest, I feel a bit vulnerable posting about the wip right now, too. It’s half formed! It’s a mutant! Be gentle.) Also, I have no idea if it’s A Big Thing or even if it’ll end up being next. So don’t anybody sue me if it turns out to be something completely different, okay? Okay. Here goes:

What is the working title of your next book?
Summer Storms. This is dreadful, I know, and will definitely change, but the central image of the book is one of those unbearably hot, still, close summer days with a dark, sultry sky and lots of tangled undergrowth.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
uh … idle hands and one of those unbearably hot summer days, etc.

What genre does your book fall under?
Erotica. It might be flirting with some other genres, too, but I’m not going to frighten it by telling.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Aruna Shields, I think, for the female lead, who’s an Indian-Scots actor. Not so sure about the males. I have pictures of them in my head and some images ripped from the web, but they are, so far, of nameless people. (And it’s no good trying to tempt me to go and trawl the web for suitable people, either, I’m not falling for that trick, Mr Procrastination – you devil you.)

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Well, as its in its early stages the plot is still growing. It’s an exploration of animalistic desire, of morals, of nature v civilisation. Indulgence, appetite, desire. What we allow ourselves to want and what dangers desire can expose us to. That’s not one sentence, or even very coherent, is it? It boils down to: One woman caught between desire and a need for security. Or: one woman, two very different men. God. Hot summer love tangle triangle? Fucky-fucky-sticky-sucky? Can I pass on this question?

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’ve been lucky enough to be asked by a couple of publishers to submit, so I don’t know if an agent would make much difference. We’ll see.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Oh god. Years, and it’s not done yet. If I had a good clear run at it, I’d probably take about four to six months for a first draft. As it is, I’m snatching hours here and there, when I can.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
The Swimming Pool Season, perhaps?

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Hormones, sunshine, overwhelming greenery and the whiff of possibility. I’m also digging up inspiration as I go – Rousseau’s paintings have become a theme that I’m planning to weave into the book, as has Modernist architecture. I don’t know how this will translate into pages of dirty sex, but we’ll see. Expect tigers mating in the ruins of a concrete priory. I’m only half joking.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Exhaustingly lavish and indulgent amounts of sex? Miniature houses? C’mon, what’s not to love?

Here are some lovely authors I’ve tagged to tell you about their Next Big Thing!

Alana Noel Voth
Ashley Lister
Shanna Germain
Kirsty Logan

(Check their blogs next week for posts about these writers’ Next Big Things.)

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