Wednesday, 12 September 2012

The Next Big Thing!

Is it Wednesday already?  Excellent!  That means we're another day closer to the 'Strictly Come Dancing' 2012 launch show!  Oh, and Wednesday also means it's 'Dallas' day!  Even better!  Anyway, let's move on before I start over-using the exclamation marks...

So, before all that happens, it's time for me to talk about The Next Big Thing!  No, I haven't suddenly turned into Simon Cowell (God forbid - I'll take his money though...) and discovered south west Durham's answer to The Wanted.  No, it's a lot more exciting than that!

OK, maybe it isn't, but it all depends on whether you actually like my books or not, because The Next Big Thing is all to do with my latest Work in Progress.

Last Wednesday I was tagged by the fabulous author, and friend of mine, Mandy Baggot in her The Next Big Thing post, so this week it's my turn!

The Next Big Thing works like this - I answer ten questions about my current Work in Progress, and then tag five other writers who will, hopefully, tell you all about their latest projects next Wednesday.

So, here we go then...

What is the working title of your book?

At the minute it's called *'Final Score' -  it's set in the world of professional football (soccer) and I'm playing with anything football related right now, so there's no guarantee this title will be the one I use, but, we'll see. 

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I've always been a bit of a football fan, and it was while I was watching a match on TV one Saturday afternoon with my husband that an idea for a football-related romance just popped into my head.  Just like that.  Sounds simple, but that's the way it was.  I guess I've always had a fascination with the world of WAGS and professional footballers - I was a HUGE fan of 'Footballer's Wives' when it was on TV, and even though I have never, ever wanted to be a WAG, the idea of writing a book set in the world of professional football has always been there.

What genre does your book fall under?

It definitely falls into the contemporary romance bracket.  It's going to be a love story, obviously, but a slightly gritty one, a love story with edge, if you like.  Oh, and with a little bit of sex thrown in too, of course!

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

Now, this was actually a really hard question for me, for the main male character anyway, because it just wasn't something I'd even thought about.  Which is strange for me, because finding a muse to base a character on is usually one of the first things I do.

So, I spent quite a bit of time last week trawling the internet for pictures of hot young men that could play the part of professional footballer Ryan Fisher (it was such a chore!), and then I found him.  Somebody who could really pull it off.  He had to be British, he had to be hot and handsome, and he had to be under 35 because the character of Ryan Fisher is twenty-eight.  Stand up Mr. Tom Hardy!

Tom Hardy
I reckon he'd be perfect.  He's around the right age, he's got tattoos, he looks good, and he's a great actor.  Perfect!

Now, as far as finding an actress that I would love to play the part of the main female character, sports reporter Amber Sullivan, this was a much easier choice.  Only one name came to mind for me, and that was the fantastic Sarah Parish.

Sarah Parish
Amber is an older woman in her late thirties, so in my eyes Sarah Parish - who is one of 

my absolute favourite British actresses - is the only person I would want to play her.  She'd be my ideal choice.  No question.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

This is another hard question, because it's something I've not given a lot of thought to at the minute.  However, as the book is set in and around the world of professional football, I've got to use some footballing terms, haven't I?  So, how about...

When extra time isn't enough to win the game...

I quite like that one actually... considering I've just thought of it now...

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?  

It will be self-published, as all my books are at the minute.

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

Well, I'm still writing it.  It's not anywhere near finished yet, but it usually takes me between four to eight months to write a first draft.  It all depends on the subject matter, the amount of research that needs to be done, even the time of year.  Sometimes it's a shorter period of time, sometimes it's longer.  I'm hoping to have the first draft of this book finished by Christmas, but we'll see. 

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

I’d love to say something like Jilly Cooper’s ‘Polo’.  At least, that’s what I aspire to!  I love reading Jilly Cooper, and Jackie Collins, so I’m hoping it’s going to fall somewhere in that region.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I sort of covered this before, didn't I?  It was my morbid fascination with the lifestyle of the professional footballer - the insane amount of money they earn, the big cars and flash clothes; the WAGS.  I wanted to delve into all of that and then scratch beneath the surface.  I wanted to write an edgy romance set around sport, and the idea of that sport being top-flight football just fascinated me.  It's given me great scope for some fantastic characters, and a chance to look into a world that a lot of us may think seems too good to be true.  And maybe it is...

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

There’s quite a bit of sex in there – or there will be, when I’ve written it!  I’m not talking ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ with whips and chains in the dressing room after an England World Cup Qualifier or anything like that, but it’ll have its moments.  Oh, and the men in this book are hot!  Enough said, I think…

So, there you have it.  A little bit of an insight into what I'm working on right now, a book I'm hoping to have ready to publish in the early part of 2013.  Watch this space for updates and more details as the writing continues.

Want to find out what a few other authors are working on right now?  Well, here are the five fabulous writers I'm tagging, and links to their own blogs so you can check them and their books out, and then hopefully find out next Wednesday just what it is they're all working on at the minute...

Pauline Barclay - Scribbles!

Gemma Wilford - Missuswolf's Storyland

*The title of the book has now been changed to 'Striker' and is now available to download from both Amazon and Kobo!  


  1. Oooh, sounds amazing. Happy writing, thanks for sharing, can't wait! X

  2. Sounds like you're having a lot of fun with all the research! Thanks for the tag, I'm looking forward to doing it and will probably post at the weekend. Happy writing! xx

  3. Thank you, ladies. :) I'm really enjoying writing this book, because I've gone back to a genre I feel really comfortable in - the sexier side of romance. The research is proving to be a lot of fun, although there is a lot of "proper" research I have to do too. It's not all looking at hot men, unfortunately! ;)

    Oh, and Amanda, your The Next Big Thing post needs to be posted next Wednesday - that's the day everyone posts their The Next Big Thing posts. :)

    Right, I'd better get back to my handsome footballer then... ;) xx

  4. Love, love, love the sound of this! I am writing about a footballer at the moment myself! Love the bad boy looking actor you picked! Can't wait to read it!

    Mandy xx

  5. Ooh, love the sound of this, Michelle, and definitely love the Tom Hardy/Sarah Parish combo. I thought she was fab in the series Mistresses. I shall look forward to reading it :) I have a lovely footballer in my WIP too. Happy writing! And researching, of course ;) x x

  6. No probs, Michelle. Will post Wednesday :) x

  7. Brilliant, Michelle. Sounds like it will be a perfect holiday read. But I don't like football. Couldn't you write one about tennis players? xx

  8. Tennis is another of my favourite sports, Gilli, so there's every chance that, some time in the future, a novel involving tennis players might just get written... ;) x