Wednesday, January 09, 2013

The Next Big Thing Has Arrived

We all want to know what The Next Big Thing is right? Well I will tell you; it is a blog chain for writers and artists to connect and share their current projects. It gives you the reader, a chance to discover great writers and discover their current work.

This year is to be a massive year for me both as an illustrator and newly published author and I am on high charge. I was delighted when Jeanette O'Hagan (passionate writer of Akrad’s Children and Adelphi: A YA or New Adult fantasy series) invited me to participate. I met Jenny interstate late 2012 and have remained in regular contact - Hugs Jenny x

The concept is simple: each creator gets a chance to share a bit about their latest project (new release, completed book or works in progress). The opportunity is paid forward to another blogger or group of bloggers who likewise post about their next best thing in exactly one week’s time (16 January 2013) - still organising that!

My Next Best Thing:

1. What is the working title of your next book?
Adoptive Father: This week I am expecting the books delivery in Australia and in India. They have landed in both countries and clearing customs as we speak - finally! Can I technically say it is my next book? It will be released with a few weeks whilst I also work on two more books (at least) this year.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
Although I believe my gift is heaven sent, this book was a calling and something the book that steered my creative path into the wonderful world of children’s books. The idea came in one clear sentence and image after prayer one night late in 2009.

3. What genre does your book fall under?
Christian Picture Book, however it has a strong message of how we can love one another better.

4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

More appropriate question for a novel but I would like to think we can all play a part of every page of this book in real life – no need to act at all.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A colourfully illustrated, endearing picture book about God’s adoptive love for each one of us and how through his example, we can love one another more.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
This book was a personal project and involves missionary distribution and so I have chosen to publish and distribute this book myself. My next book is with a publishing house and will be my preferred avenue for my future books. I will be looking into an agent option in the near future as well.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
The draft came easily when I found a way to create a quiet writing environment. Unlike my situation now, there was an avalanche of interruptions in writing the draft however this book evolved in a strange organic way with images sometimes superseding text. I let the book evolve as it was presented in my mind and trusted it would all work out – which it has.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Obviously the Bible has relationship to the adoptive, nurturing message in Adoptive Father but I would like to think all my books (Christian or not) compare it to the “healthy” children’s books available that impact our children’s social, mental and spiritual development in a positive way. Unfortunately healthy books for children are becoming more suffocated with the opposite. We as parents compete with TV, books and media that both celebrates and encourage a troublesome, self-entitled, and self-centred mindset in our children and we wonder why we see much troublesome behaviour in kids now! What we feed our children’s minds can edify, influence, and empower our kid’s or be destructive to their character. Books are both a powerful and destructive tool. Adoptive Father is all about the heart and how important the size of our heart is, knowing we are loved and have to capacity to love another more; a simple message so often forgotten.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
This book was God inspired and most of my writing is inspired by the urge to help children or adults live with less pain, more security and peace within themselves. My three objectives are to edify, encourage and empower through my writing and illustrating.

10. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
Some may be questioning the reality or character of our creator or why they feel ‘heart-sick’. Perhaps the book will answer some questions, fill hearts with love, a sense of belonging. Perhaps another will question if there is any such thing as orphans or alones? Maybe it might even encourage someone to love another person at a time they really need it. That would be cool!

Jeanette O'Hagan’s new book series and blog post about three young lives are bound together in friendship, love, rivalry and tragedy: two orphaned refugees seeking a new life, a privileged prince striving to earn the approval of his father.

Paula Vince has eight published works including two which have won awards and one, Greenfield Legacy, written in conjunction with three other Australian writers. She is preparing her ninth book Along for the Ride for publication mid 2013. While her preferred genre is Romance Adventure, I recently enjoyed reading the first book of Paula’s YA fantasy trilogy – the Quenarden series – and can’t wait to read the second one. Check out Paula at

Lynne Stringer is soon to publish her first YA Sci-Fi Romance novel The Heir and has two or three other books in the pipeline. Check out Lynne at

Skye Wieland has recently published Sarah’s Gift – an Adult Christian Romance set in Australia and South Africa and the first of her Dare to Follow Series. Check out Skye at

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