The Next Big Thing is a chance for authors around the world to tell you about what they’re up to. I get tagged and I then tag other authors and so on and so forth.

I don’t have anybody to tag, because I’ve been so absorbed in edits and formatting jobs that I haven’t had a chance to ask anyone if they’d be interested in doing it… SO.  I’m just answering the questions because, hey, it’s fodder for my usually ignored blog.

Since I have A MILLION works in progress, I’m going to focus on just one.  Mother of All, the first in my Hedgewitch Mystery series.  It’s going to the editor in November, so will hopefully see the light of day in January.

What is the working title of your book? Mother of All, Book One in the Hedgewitch Mysteries

Where did the idea come from for the book? I wanted to write a mystery series, and I wanted to write a character who was basically the person I wished I could be.  That’s how Mena McGinty came into being.  The book pulls together a lot of my favorite lifestyles–living off the grid, living close to nature, devoting more time to witchcraft.

What genre does your book fall under? Mystery. I wish I could say it’s cozy mystery, but I think the murder scenes are too graphic for it to be considered cozy.  I don’t write things halfway 😉

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? I really don’t like this question.  That’s a hard thing to figure out. These are just the main characters:

Mena – Anne Hathaway

Sarah – Reese Witherspoon

Larsen – Aaron Eckhart

Tierney – Kevin Ryan

Aaron – Josh Dallas

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Pregnant mothers are being murdered, and modern-day witch Mena McGinty needs to find the killer before her best friend becomes the next victim.

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

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? A MILLION FREAKING YEARS (okay, exaggerating). A year.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? This is hard.  I don’t really compare myself to other authors.  I feel like that’s arrogant, and I’m definitely not arrogant.  I read a lot of Victoria Laurie, Juliet Blackwell, and similar mystery series while writing it, so they likely influenced me.

Who or What inspired you to write this book? Nothing in particular beyond a desire to write a pagan character and a mystery series.