‘The Next Big Thing’ Meme

There’s this Meme going around, called The Next Big Thing. Folks have been sharing details of their current writing and up-and-coming projects. My DD, Shari Green, was tagged and I was happily reading her post when, wham! I came across my name. So I’ve been tagged now, too.

The idea is to answer the questions and then pass them along to another writer. It’s a great way to learn about each other’s work and to do a little self-promotion. Here are my answers:


What is the working title of your book?

Since I don’t have a working title for my current w.i.p. yet, I’ll use the previous manuscript, and its title is UNLIKELY SHOWDOWN.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I’ve been involved with the world of purebred dogs and dog shows for more than thirty years, and have seen some bizarre situations and behaviour. I heard of dogs being killed by obsessive competitors and that got me thinking about what might drive a competitor to murder someone.

What genre does your book fall under?

It’s fallen all over the place, from cosy mystery to romance to inspirational romantic suspense! The revision I’m currently querying is simply a romantic suspense.

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

If it wouldn’t be considered too arrogant I would love to see Meryl Streep as the MC and David Strathairn as her husband. On stage they both display the strong, independent personalities that cause so much conflict in this story.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

UNLIKELY SHOWDOWN is the story of what happens when one woman’s addiction to purebred dogs and the competitive world of dog shows speeds out of control and turns deadly.

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

I have friends who have very successfully self-published so I know it’s possible, but it’s not for me. I can’t imagine myself venturing into today’s tough publishing scene without the guidance of a knowledgeable agent and the help of an experienced editorial team. Does that make me a wuss?

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

If I said ‘forever’, I’ll bet other writers would understand. Much of it was written during last year’s NaNoWriMo month, but I continued to work on it right through the spring. I guess that means about nine months for the first draft, but I was still rewriting  parts of it earlier this fall, and am continually tweaking it now… especially since attending a recent workshop by Donald Maass on the topic of Writing Twenty-first Century Fiction.

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

I left this question until last, but even now I can’t really pinpoint perfect titles. I’d like to say a movie match-up would be combining the quirkiness of BEST IN SHOW with the out-of-control adventure of THE RIVER WILD, but that’s not exactly right either. Let’s just move on, shall we?

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I think my earlier answer covers this. The plot reveals an aspect of the dog show world few people know about, and should. Once the idea germinated, the story pretty much blossomed on its own.

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

Everyone loves a dog story, but this one is more about the people who love dogs. There are many wonderful people involved in the dog show world, but also many eccentric ones. I was the official consultant for the filming of ‘Best In Show’ and if you’ve seen it, you’ll remember how passionate some people are about winning at any cost. There might be “eight million stories in the Naked City”, but there are a whole lot of them lurking behind the scenes at dog shows, too.

There! Now you have it. And now that I’ve done my share, I’m to tag others and invite them to participate. So, in alphabetical order…


Laura BestFirst victim:  Laura Best

Laura’s first novel was an historical YA story, although I think I recall hearing her hint that there’s a non-fiction project somewhere in the works, too. She can be a little kooky at times (yes, you have to read her claim to the Booker Award) but when she talks about her little Miss Charlotte, you know she has her priorities straight.

KeliGwyn-V4-SmallSecond victim:  Keli Gwyn

Keli writes inspirational historical romance. Long before she was published herself, she interviewed me on her Romance Writers on the Journey blog. There is nobody with a heart like Keli’s when it comes to supporting and encouraging her fellow writers.



 Third victim:  Ruth Logan Herne.

Ruthy is a multi-published inspirational romance author, a dog breeder, and an out-of-this-world cook, plus she has an outrageous sense of humour. I met her on Seekerville, but she has multiple websites for her books and a couple personal sites as well.

Katherine WagnerFourth victim:   Katherine Wagner

Katherine writes Gothic horror, but I like her anyway. Anyone who has attended the Surrey International Writers’ Conference more times than I have has to be on the right track. She’s the co-facilitator of my writing critique group, Golden Ears Writers, so I have to be nice to her and her red pen.


If you’re tagged and don’t have time to take part, or would prefer not to, it’s okay to decline… although since I’m dying to hear more about your “next big thing”, I’m going to be very curious about your answers to this meme, so I hope everyone will choose to participate. 🙂

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Published by Carol

A freelance writer of fiction and non-fiction living on the West Coast of Canada.

10 thoughts on “‘The Next Big Thing’ Meme

  1. Carol, your story sounds quite intriguing. I know next to nothing about the world of dog shows, but I would imagine the competition can get pretty fierce.

    Thanks for tagging me and for saying such sweet things about me. I’m honored. I wish I could play along, but since my agent doesn’t like her clients to talk about projects she’s going to be submitting, I’m unable to join the fun. I will tell you that it’s an inspirational historical romance with a heroine who has a lot of spunk and a big-hearted hero whom she hopes to help.

    1. Hi, Keli. Horse racing is more familiar to most people than any aspect of the dog fancy but yes, the competition can be just as extreme.

      Thanks for the peek at the heroine in your next book. I can understand not wanting to give too much away until it’s ready to be launched. Maybe at that point you’ll be able to share more and we can help promote it.

  2. Carol,

    I totally understood when I read “forever” 🙂

    I love these memes because I really enjoy learning more about my writing friends. Thanks for sharing!

    Christi Corbett

    1. Thanks for your comment, Christi. Some stories really do seem to hang on forever. I guess it’s a good thing new ideas come along to drag us away!

  3. I love the plot! I’d probably cry though when the dogs died. But even without reading the book, I know you wouldn’t show that part. I can’t wait to read it, Carol. Bravo for writing another book.

    1. Joylene, you can rest easy; although there’s a murder to solve, no dogs are killed in this story.

      I loved getting a peek at your new story when you took part in this meme earlier. Do you have a release date for it yet?

  4. Great answers! Thanks for taking part in the meme. I’m with you about self-publishing — I know people who’ve done it themselves (and done it well!) and are very happy with their choice, but I really don’t want to tackle it.

    I love the paragraphs on the people you tagged! 🙂

  5. Carol, love that you participated in The Next Big Thing … and who can resist a story about a dog, a little suspense and a bit or romance? Keep working it and you’ll get there … maybe we’ll slide under the wire of the finish line one of these day 🙂

  6. Kooky? Who? Me? Okay, so you know me fairly well at this point, Carol, I can see that. But hey, I’m happy, and that’s the important thing. 😉 I enjoyed reading about your novel, and I think the subject matter is rather original and would be of interest to others. I hoping to read one day that you’ve made some positive moves towards publication for this. 🙂 Thanks for tagging me as one of your victims. 🙂

  7. Thanks for your thoughts Shari, Florence and Laura. UNLIKELY SHOWDOWN is essentially finished… at least as finished as it can be until more knowledgeable eyes suggest more work. Laura, I’m looking forward to hearing about your NBT soon.

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