The Next Big Thing Blog Hop is a chance for authors around the world to tell you what they’re working on. The author answers 10 questions about their next book, and tags the person who first tagged them, plus at least 5 other authors. Margo Candela, author of The Brenda Diaries, tagged me.
What is the working title of your book? Skydoll: Destination Unknown.
Where did the idea come from for the book? LONG AGO I was working on a book called Stewardeath, a dark comedy about a serial killing flight attendant. Almost every agent who read the manuscript said they liked the voice, but wished I could make it more “fun.” An agent who’s famous for being snarky scribbled a personal note at the bottom of a generic rejection form letter that said she hoped to never have me on one of her flights. HA! So I did what most wanna-be-published writers do and stuck to my guns and….well…you guessed it. I never sold the book. Eventually I got the hint and changed the name to Skydoll. I was busy working on that when an editor at Harper Collins found my blog and asked me to write a memoir for them. That book became Cruising Attitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet. Now I’m back to working on Skydoll – AGAIN.
What genre does your book fall under? Novel.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Emma Stone! Love her. But Lizzy Caplan is pretty awesome, too.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? I’m striving for (HBO) Girls meets Cruising Attitude. Can I use my own book? If not how about Sex in the City meets Coffee Tea or Me. Or maybe 2 Broke Girls meets…A View From the Top?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? An agency, I hope.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? I’m on page 5 of Chapter 2, so… Over ten years if you count Stewardeath!
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I’m lucky because there aren’t many books about flight attendants, and very few of those are actually written by flight attendants – who are still working – LIKE ME! On that note the most famous stewardess book of all is Coffee, Tea, or Me. It was ghost written by Donald Bain, but an airline hired two stewardesses to become Trudy Baker and Rachel Jones as a marketing stunt to promote the book. For years Coffee, Tea, or Me was sold as a nonfiction book, but today you’ll find it in the fiction section of the bookstore.
Who or what inspired you to write this book? I can’t say that anyone or anything inspired me to write this book. But the author who inspires me the most as a writer is Marguerite Duras.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? You mean sex, love and flying isn’t enough? Seriously what more could you ask for in a book?
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(Check back soon to see who got tagged)
Yeah, that's me, the one standing in the aisle wearing flammable polyester...