The Next Big Thing! (An Authors Blog Hop)

I was tagged by a writer friend and Nashville blogger to participate in an authors “blog hop” about my next book.  At the end of this post I will be tagging another author who will share her next big project and I invite you to visit her blog and she will continue the blog hop by tagging the next author and so on.

My second book is a continuation of my first novel, Towel Dry and a Good Cry.

1. What is the working title of your book?

That’s a good question.  Before answering I need to give a little back story.  Early on in writing my first novel I came up with the title, Josie’s Journey, which was so fitting at the time.  One day the title Towel Dry and a Good Cry just came to me and I knew that’s what I was going to call my first novel and decided to name the score for the book trailer, Josie’s Journey.   This time around I’ve had no miraculous epiphany yet on a title, so the answer to the question is, I have no title, but in my mind, for now, I’m calling it Josie’s Journey II!

2. Where did the idea come from for your book?

The idea for a book gradually evolved over my years of being a hairdresser.  I didn’t realize back then it would turn into a three book series.  Back in the day, I did a lot of journal writing about my career and originally wanted to write a textbook to help prepare young stylists out of beauty school how to cope with dealing with the public and being a full-time therapist.  Later it became evident to me that a novel would be able to show what it was like to really stand behind a hairdressers chair and I wrote it from the eyes of a budding hairdresser in the eighties.  Writing a novel also provided me with a different platform and it was a unique way to teach something truly profound about hairdressers around the world and to anyone who sits in their chair.

3. What genre does your book come under?

Chick Lit and Cosmetology

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Selina Gomez as Josie and Demi Lovato as Sadie.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

The hair-raising exploits of Josie Capelli continue as she and her best friend Sadie confront the challenges of owning a hair salon with no employees to help out, as she attempts to raise her status in the community by getting involved in a cut-a-thon without pulling her own hair out, and as Josie tries to solve the mysterious behavior of her dream man who raises her suspicions of his true character and intentions for her, all the while enduring the continued harping on from her mother with an old-fashioned sense of morality.

6. Is your book self-published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

I will self-publish again.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I’ve been at it for six months.  Not done yet and not sure when either.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I really can’t answer that because I think I have a one of a kind.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My love of my hairdressing profession, my fellow hairdressers and the love for people is what inspired me.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

That would have to be all the juicy tidbits Josie hears on a daily basis from her clients that wouldn’t tell another soul, other than their hairdresser.

Please visit a special author, my friend and editor, Kathy Rhodes and check out her Next Big Thing!