By Marilyn Baron
I’ve been tagged by Linsey Lanier http://linseylanier.blogspot.com, who writes the romantic suspense series Miranda’s Rights, to talk about my next big thing in
The Next Big Thing BlogHop
What is the working title of your next book?
Under the Moon Gate
Where did the idea for the book come from?
I’ve always been fascinated by World War II and my family has taken many wonderful vacations in Bermuda, so I decided to combine those two loves. The result was this book. When I started doing research for the book I came across this passage, which sparked the idea:
After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Bermuda was surrounded by German U-boats. Although the move cut off vital supplies, the islands were never invaded.
Why did the Germans stop short of capturing that tiny speck in the ocean, when the value of controlling such a strategic possession could have altered the course of the war? Under the Moon Gate is my fictional account of why Bermuda was spared.
The title was inspired by the beautiful Bermuda moon gates – circular openings in garden walls that act as passageways – all over the island.
What genre does your book fall under?
Historical romance. I intended it as a romantic suspense, but The Wild Rose Press bought it as a historical and is calling it a romantic thriller. It is set in modern day and WW II Bermuda.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Well, I would love it if Michael Douglas took a look at it as a producer or director, since he has a home in Bermuda and operates a hotel there, so perhaps I’ll send it to him. As far as who would play the characters, there are roles for two love stories—a contemporary romance and one set in the ’40s, as well as two villains, a man-eating best friend, and a mysterious mistress, but I haven’t thought that far ahead.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Under The Moon Gate, a romantic thriller set in contemporary and World War II Bermuda, begins when brash Virginian Nathaniel Morgan sails into the life of prim and proper Bermuda heiress, Patience Whitestone and threatens to dig up her family secrets at any cost.
Will your book be self-published or represented by a traditional publisher?
Under the Moon Gate will be published by The Wild Rose Press in 2013. We’re in the editing stage now.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Funny you should ask. I looked back at my computer files and it appears that I was working on this book as early as 2004. At that time, it was called The Bermuda Triangle: A Love Story. It initially had a third romance between the ancestors of the main characters in the 17th century when Bermuda was founded. But three intersecting love stories were unwieldy and I cut out the earlier romance. The book has been through many iterations, but it’s apparently a story that wants to be told. Now, I’m working on a prequel that will tell the 17th century love story that started it all, to be released either before or after the book comes out.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
My editor at The Wild Rose Press said it has the flavor of a Jack Higgins book, especially his books set in World War II. I take that as a great compliment.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Just the love of Bermuda and a fascination with World War II. Also, my husband only reads books about World War II, so if I want him to read one of my books, I have to set it during that time period.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The parallels drawn between the multi-generational characters in the two love stories; the excitement of the war; and the blurred lines between good and evil. The contemporary story is also very humorous and that’s one of my favorite things about the book. I can’t wait to see the cover and I have some very exciting ideas about promoting the book with Bermuda-related prizes. I don’t have a release date yet, but it’s due to come out sometime in spring 2013.
If you want to learn more about me and my books and stories, please visit: http://www.petitfoursandhottamales.com/marilyn-baron/
And I tag:
In turn, I’d like to invite readers to visit the blogs of the following authors in the next few weeks to find out about their Next Best Thing.
AJ Kirby from Leeds, UK http://paintthistownred.wordpress.com/
Tony-Paul de Vissage http://www.tony-paul.com/
Nicki Salcedo http://www.8headedhydra.com/