My duties today are to answer ten burning questions, provide a link to the person(s) who tagged me, and also tag off to five other bloggers. So far, I've only found two, so I may need to tag three more victims later. The main thing is to keep The Next Big Thing going!
And the questions and answers are:
What is your working title of your book?
Blessing or Curse
Where did the idea come from
for the book?
Forever Young: Blessing or Curse
When I began writing Forever Young: Blessing or Curse, my object was to lay the groundwork about the young
pill which could revert a taker from that person’s present age to a
previous one. So many characters begged for attention, I realized I
couldn’t cover them all in one book. I had to yank some of them out of the
manuscript and plop them into a separate book. Hence, Blessing or Curse, began.
The first novel, Forever Young: Blessing or Curse, concentrates on the heroine, as well as the
The second, Blessing or Curse, today's subject of The Next Big Thing, focuses on test market participants, as well as a bit about the bad guys.
The third, Always Young, concludes the
trilogy by taking readers back to the original main character and someone she holds dear.
What genre does your book fall
Good question. This one has
mixed parentage. Paranormal, since no one has invented a pill yet to take
anyone back in age and hold that person there.
It's also a Romance, because most of
the stories revolve around love and relationships.
And a Thriller, because the pill has a wide reaching affect for good or bad, and also because there are nefarious villains around.
Which actors would you choose
to play your characters in a movie edition?
Ezekiel – Will Smith
Sherri - Nicole Kidman
Mike Walinski – Kevin James
Not sure yet about the rest of
What is the one-sentence synopsis
of your book?
Blessing or Curse focuses on five characters from differing walks of life, nationalities, and circumstances, yet with one thing in common: they are all test market subjects of the experimental pill, Forever Young, designed
to revert the user's age back to an earlier choice.
Will your book be self-published or
represented by an agency?
Definitely self-published, but
with the help of my editor, Helen Ginger, plus my book designer, Stephen Walker.
How long did it take you to
write the first draft of this manuscript?
This has been going on for too
long.(g) Actually, I started this sequel at least three or four years
ago, but since much of it was part of the first book, I had to finish
that one first. I’ve just about wrapped this second one up and hope to have
it ready sometime in December, 2012, fingers crossed.
What other books would you
compare this story to in your genre?
Forever Young: Blessing or
Curse, the first book in my trilogy.
Also, the original Forever
Young book and movie.
More movies: 17 Again, Young Again. I know there's more, but I can't remember them all.
Who or what inspired you to
write this book?
Getting old was a big
inspiration, thinking how nice it would be to be young again and stay at
a younger age.
What else about your book
might pique the reader’s interest?
I made a concerted effort to
include different sorts of characters, with a range of nationalities and
physical characteristics, to appeal to a wide audience.
Here's something about their stories:
Desperation forces Consuela to
order the Forever Young pill to cure her debilitated husband, Diego, who suffers
from Parkinson’s Disease; but will the cure become a curse?
Ezekiel, an African-American
male withE.D. difficulties, sends
in for the young pill to prevent his lady love, Luana, from discovering
he can’t get it up. Will the pill draw her closer or drive her away?
Strawberry blonde model, Sherri’s
popularity is fading with her looks. The pill can bring her fame and
fortune, but what about love?
Overweight Chicago Police
Officer Walinski must pass a new physical or lose his job, along with his
canine partner. Will the young pill provide security, when danger lurks
in the line of duty?
housewife, Dee Dee Marshall, suspects her husband of infidelity, and will
do anything to keep him, even take an experimental pill. What she really
needs is self-confidence.
Now you know something about The Next Big Thing of Morgan Mandel, which I hope you'll be reading soon!!!