There are many books out there that everyone has heard of… Harry Potter, Twilight, and Fifty Shades of Gray. But what about all of those books written by people you’ve never heard of? Some of them are really good pieces of reading, just waiting to be found, and that’s what this blog hop is all about: the books you might not have heard about, but that you might end up loving.
This blog hop is sort of like a game of tag. One author posts and tags authors who link back to their website the next week and tag new authors. If you follow the blog hop long enough, you’re bound to find some books you’ll love! Maybe you’ll even discover a book that ends up being the next big thing!
I was tagged by Dr. Parnell Donahue, who was my pediatrician. I remember reading his first book, Germs Make Me Sick, and thinking how cool it was that my doctor was also an author. Since then, he’s written several other books, including a great one for parents of teenagers- Messengers in Denim. You can learn more about Messengers in Denim, and the soon to be released Tools for Raising Kids of Character on his website: messengersindenim.com.
The blog hop includes questions to help you learn more about an author’s present work or work in progress. Dr. Donahue sent questions to me about my current work. Here’s a little info about what’s keeping me up at night, burning the midnight oil.
1. What projects are you working on now?
I’m finishing my first novel, Living Backwards, a “semi-fictional” tale of one woman’s quest to start a new life after divorce. I’ve been working on it for several years, and plan to have it done by Spring 2013. (I said it online… so now, I have no choice but to finish it!) I’m also working on a book with the working title “What’s your 26.2?” This book will be a mix of posts from my blog, imrunnerchica.com and practical advice for completing a marathon.
2. Is your marathon book only for runners?
No, like my Runnerchica posts, running is only a small part of the writing. “What’s your 26.2?” is about going for your bucket list items. What do you want to accomplish? What’s holding you back? My goal is that this book encourages people to pursue their dreams… whether they are dreams of running half or full marathons… or dreams that have nothing to do with running.
3. What about Living Backwards– is this your story?
It’s based on my story, but many things have been changed including names, dates, places, and events. People who know me and read the book will most likely be like, “Whatever! That’s her story!” But it’s really not. My goal is to make Living Backwards a book that any woman who’s been through a divorce can read and nod her head knowingly thinking, “Oh, yeah, I sure have been there.”
4. If Living Backwards would be made into a movie, who would play the main characters?
While I think it’d be cool if Jennifer Anniston played the main character, I’d love for that role to go to some unknown actress that could make it her own and become known as the “Living Backwards” girl.
5. How long have you been writing Living Backwards?
Busted! I’ve been writing it for the past EIGHT years. So, that’s actually proof that it can’t be all “my story” as I can’t even remember my story any longer! But in all seriousness, the book has gone through several versions and I think changed as I’ve learned more about life and relationships in general. I’ve had a lot of time to reflect and observe the world around me.
6. What about “What’s your 26.2?” – is this an eight year project as well?
Actually, no. I’ve been working on this for the past 8 months. I plan to finish this book by spring as well. I’m writing the book- 26 plus 2 chapters- around my Runnerchica articles. Each chapter offers a lesson/tip about running a marathon, and it’s followed by a similar sentiment in a previously published Runnerchica article.
7. Finally, when do you do your writing?
Since I work full time, I either write early morning or late at night. Early morning works best- but sometimes it’s hard to compete with my snooze button. My 2013 is to stick to a consistent schedule!
And now, I’d like to recommend these fine authors whose books I have read. Take a moment and check out their websites to learn more!
Author: JoAnn Deveny
Book: When Bluebirds Fly: Losing a Child, Living with Hope
Summary: A moving, personal account of one family’s grief after the loss of a child.
Author: Ansley M. Dauenhauer
Book: Cancer Slam
Summary: A reassuring novel for middle-grade readers that talks about how kids (and parents) face breast cancer when Mom is diagnosed.
Author: Leo M. Jones II
Book: The God of Common Sense: A Spiritual Journey
Summary: Written by a 90-year-old former theatre professor, the story of one man’s spiritual perceptions and near-death experiences over the course of a lifetime.
Thanks for checking out my blog hop! Be sure to check out Dr. Parnell Donahue, JoAnn Deveny, Ansley Dauenhauer, and Leo M. Jones II!