Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Suzie Tullett tagged me for The Next Big Thing Blog Hop.
She took part in the fun, too, so please visit her blog, read the answers she gives to the questions, and leave a message for her.
My turn to answer the questions:

What is the working title of your book?

A Life Worth Living, although I think that's a little boring. I'll change it eventually, when I finish the manuscript. I've written off and on to complete this book, but it's two years old now, and I haven't finished it yet. cy  

Where did the idea come from for the book?

My sisters and I found a letter written in 1918 by our mother's mother. In the letter, she described how ill she felt, but had to keep working canning the few vegetables she'd found left in the garden. She described the late October heat, and hoped she felt better soon. But she...my grandmother...died a few weeks later from the Spanish Flu that swept the world in a pandemic that killed more people than were killed in WWI--known then as The Great War. cy

What genre does your book fall under?

Romance, but it's not a typical romance novel. The main focus is partially the love story between them, but also the hero's arrival home from the war to find he'd lost everything while away, including his parents, brother, grandfather, and his home. The conflict is within himself, and with the neighbors who burned his entire place to the ground. cy

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

I wish I could give an answer here, but I don't know movie actors that well. Guymon Reynolds, the hero, is tall, lanky, with dark hair. The heroine, Teresa Logan, a widow with two little girls, has black hair and a petite body. Very pretty. Maybe someone can give me suggestions? cy

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

As Teresa Logan attempts to care for herself and her two young daughters, Guymon Reynolds returns home from Europe and finds he has nothing left--until he meets Teresa. cy

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

Not self-published--I'm not that brave yet. I hope Publishing by Rebecca J. Vickery will take it, as she has published several others for me. cy 

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

Haha! I'm not halfway finished, and this much has taken two years. This story is complicated and emotional, and I've hit a roadblock in the plot. As soon as I figure out how to proceed, I intend to do so. Usually, I write fast--but this one is different. cy

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

Possibly Texas Promise, when the hero Dalton King returns home from a two year absence, presumably dead, and must find a way to reconcile with his wife. cy 

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

After I read the letter from 1918, I became interested in WWI and the stories of soldiers returning home. We forget how horrendous that war was, and we forget exactly what it accomplished. cy

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

It's difficult to say. Maybe the turmoil Guy goes through at home in comparison to the turmoil he endured in Europe. Also, the story takes place in North Texas in a farming community. While cities and town had electricity, many in this kind of situation lived as their ancestors did in the Nineteenth Century--kerosene lamps, wood stoves, and a self-sufficient farm. cy

Thank you, Suzie Tullett, for tagging me. To see her book on Amazon, click here:

Celia Yeary-Romance...and a little bit 'o Texas
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  1. This sounds like a really emotional story, Celia. Please hurry up and finish - it's one I'd definitely like to read x

  2. Hi, Suzie--I wish I could finish it. There's a block, and another writer friend gave me a hint about what might be the problem. Now, just to get back into it and fix it.

  3. Celia, I've read the beginning of this story and I'm patiently (?) waiting to finish it. Hurry up and write it already.

  4. Hurry and write it, Celia. It sounds like heart-twister. If you need to brainstorm...I'm here. :-)

  5. It sounds like a wonderful, emotional read that will grab me right away. I liked what you shared about your grandmother but sad she died soon after she wrote what she wanted to do.

    Better go - little grandson isn't happy.

  6. Linda--I'd love to finish it. I need some fairy dust or something to get me going. Thanks for the push.

  7. Keena--you were right the other day about no conflict between H/H. My husband read about 30 pages, and he thought I had a grave error in there with the two characters getting close right away. So, that needs changing, too.
    I have a vague plan..one day soon...I hope. Thank you.

  8. Diane--we have a photo of our grandmother, Evie Irene, with Mother as a tiny toddler and the younger one a tiny baby. Evie Irene was tallish and bone thin. Beautiful woman--my mother was also quite pretty as a young woman. Her little sister was downright beautiful.
    Thanks for coming by--take care of that boy!

  9. This story sounds interesting. WWI doesn't get as much press as other time frames.

  10. Ilona--I wouldn't be interested in it, either, if I hadn't read that letter my grandmother wrote the year the war ended. When I read, it the soldier, Guy Reynolds popped in my head a stayed. I don't know anyone named Guy (Guymon), and I don't know anyone with the last name of Reynolds. So where that came from is a mystery.
    Thanks for reading--I appreciate it.