NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP

Welcome to the NEXT BIG THING Blog Hop.

What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way for readers to discover authors new to them. I hope you’ll find new-to-you authors whose works you enjoy. On this stop on the blog hop, you’ll find a bit of information on me and one of my books and links to other authors you can explore!

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My gratitude to fellow author, Hazel Nutt, for inviting me to participate in this event. You can click the following links to learn more about Hazel and her books.

Hazel Nutt – http://www.HazelNutt.com

In this blog hop, my fellow authors and I, in our respective blogs, have answered ten questions about our current book or work-in-progress (giving you a sneak peek). We’ve also included some behind-the-scenes information about how and why we write what we write–the characters, inspirations, plotting and other choices we make. I hope you enjoy it!

Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions. Here is my Next Big Thing!

1: What is the working title of your book?

The Little Ant

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

Good question! It all started when I wanted to find a book to read with my daughter that would also teach her something.

3: What genre does your book come under?
It is a Children’s picture book.

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

Abigail Breslin would be perfect as the little ant. She always plays a quirky but loveable character.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The little ant went exploring to the park.

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

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It was so much fun writing this that it took only 2 months to get it out there.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I would say I Love You! and Goodnight Moon.

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

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
This book is a children’s picture book that has a learning component to it. The book is constructed in such a way that it allows the young readers to learn new words through repetition.

Below you will find authors who will be joining me virtually, via blog, next Wednesday. Please be sure to bookmark their sites, and add them to your calendars for updates on their upcoming books! Happy Writing and Reading!

Ty Patterson : Blog: http://pattersonty.wordpress.com

Jill Sanders: Blog: http://www.prideseries.com/blog.html

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Author Interview – Roberta Capizzi

Today I want to share with you my interview with Roberta Capizzi, the author of “The Melody in our Heart”.

1) Tell us about yourself- where are you from? What do you like to write?
Well, I was born and still live in Italy, although I’ve wanted to move out for a while. I did live for a few months in Ireland, in 2003 but then I’ve had to come home for some family problems and I haven’t been able to leave since, although I’m still planning on moving out of the country some time in the near future. I like writing romance. I tried to write a chick-lit novella and it was fun, but I prefer romance – happy ending and all.

2) What prompted you to start writing?
Well, I’ve always been an avid reader and I’ve always loved losing myself in other people’s lives and worlds. When I saw that reality wasn’t just as fun, I decided to write my own. And also because I wanted to write stories that I wanted to read and nobody had written so far.

3) What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?
I like reading romance (it comes as a surprise, doesn’t it?), but I also like chick-lit. I’ve recently discovered a few fantasy authors I like, although fantasy and paranormal are not really my favorite genre and I’ll only be reading stories with a romance in it anyway 🙂 My favorite authors are Rosamunde Pilcher, Maeve Binchy and Nicholas Sparks. I also like Sophie Kinsella and Ali McNamara in the chick-lit genre.

4) What inspires you to write?
Anything, really. I love daydreaming. I’m probably THE biggest daydreamer in the world. I hear line in a song, I see an ad on TV or a person in a mall and I start fantasizing in my mind, creating a story. I also get inspiration from my dreams – I dream a lot and when I do remember them in the morning, I write down some notes if the dream was interesting enough to become a novel.

5) What made you self-publish? Would you recommend that to other aspiring authors?
Well, I obviously tried the traditional route first, but I got quite frustrated when I got rejections – I think every writer knows the feeling and how much it hurt. I was on the verge of giving up, because I thought my writing wasn’t good enough and I wasn’t meant to be a writer; but then I discovered the indie world, thanks to a self-published novel I read and loved and when I understood that I wasn’t the only one who didn’t get a contract but had a story to tell, and that it was actually easy enough to do it, I jumped at the chance and decided to self-publish.

6) What did you find to be the most difficult part of the writing process? Easiest?
Well, the most difficult part for me is letting go of my characters and story, I really find it hard to write “The End”. If I had to listen to what I call “the writing bug” inside my head, my novels would probably be a million words long. Editing and cutting are also hard tasks.
The easiest part? Well, writing down all the stories in my mind! That’s extremely easy for me, and fun of course.

7) Tell us about your book. Where can our readers find it?
My debut novel is a contemporary romance, but the main theme (apart from the love story, of course) is the importance of friendship. In the story, Valerie and Ryan have been best friends since their adolescence in Ireland, but after they move to Boston to go to college, things gradually change all around them, only their friendship remains unchanged and gets them through the tough times. When Ryan turns into an international Jazz star, Valerie fears their friendship will fade because of his success and of her long shifts as a surgeon, but no matter how hectic their lives become, their friendship keeps growing stronger. Until Ryan has a bad car accident and is brought into the ER, and Valerie fears she will lose him
forever. I won’t tell you how it ends though 🙂
It is currently available on Amazon, as paperback and ebook, as well as on Createspace.

8) Who is your favorite character in your book? Why?
Ooh, tough question. I can’t really pick a favorite character, because they’re all my babies! It’s like asking a mother who’s her favorite child. Each character has something special, and they’re all dear to me in their own special way. Obviously I always end up falling in love with the male characters I create, but I guess that’s normal, isn’t it? Or maybe not…

9) How can the readers contact you?
I do. I have a blog where I promote my writing, but I also try to help other indie authors: http://robertasdreamworld.wordpress.com

You can also find me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RobertasDreamworld
On Twitter: @Sligoroo

And on Goodreads: Roberta Capizzi
Please do stop by and get in touch with me! I love to connect with other readers and authors!

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