The Ramblings of an Active Mind ……………………………… Elizabeth Tobolski Dudak

The Next Big Thing

It has been a long time since I posted on my blog.  I have been writing the  sequel  to What the Heck Dec?!, writing of 50,000 words of it  in the month of November.  Thank you Nano Writing Month.  I know I really should write my blogs more often.  Blogs are a great way of not only expressing myself, but hone my writing.  I really need to hone.   What better way to restart my blogging then with participating in a series of blog articles called “The Next Big Thing”?  My friend, Jill Richardson ( asked me to participate in this series.  Jill has a wonderful way of looking at the world and I always finish her blogs with a smile on my face.  I would actually give her blogs 5 smiles.   Anyway, getting back to “The Next Big Thing”,  I suppose you can look at this as a “Blog Chain” with no penalty if you break it…I think…I hope.  I don’t know the history behind this, but it’s a great avenue for authors to promote and for readers to be hooked up with new authors.  Anyway, here are the series of questions to be answered.  And here it goes….

 What is the working title of your book?
For now, I have two working  titles –  Why Me, Mr. Reed? or Work With Me, Mr. Reed.   I’m not sold completely yet on either, but, as you can tell, I do like the “Me, Mr. Reed” part.

Where did the idea/inspiration come from for the book?
It’s a sequel to my current book, What the Heck, Dec?! (sold on, or  This book has been receiving great reviews and ratings.  It needed a sequel as  two of the characters in that book would not leave my head.  I had to write an entire book on them or else my head would eventually explode.  I couldn’t do that to my family.  Not just the medical cost of a brain explosion, but the mess.  It kind of causes me to shiver with the thought of it.

What genre does your book fall under?
I think of most of my writing as mixture of romance, humor and chick lit.  Like What the Heck, Dec?! – and Dec is a rhyme to Heck, not abbreviation of December – it’s hard to peg one genre.  Maybe I don’t like labels.  Maybe I have genre ADD.   Or maybe I am a genre mutt.  In any case,  my books are easy, fun, silly and full of observations most people really do think about.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Really?  One sentence?  After I just explained how it’s a mixture of three genres?  Okay.  Let me try this in three sentences – one for every genre.  Single mother, Harper McReynolds has a dead-beat ex-husband, two daughters, money problems and a lapsed auto insurance. The last thing she needs is a cocky, womanizing ex-rocker in her life.  When her van veers into Brody Reed’s custom-made motorcycle, putting a scratch along its entire side, Harper uproots her life to work off her debt and gets exactly what she doesn’t need.

I have to work more on the synopsis, but you get the idea.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
If the stars align correctly, everyone is on board and everything goes well, I am hoping to go the Indie route again with Orangehat Publishing.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Ooo, boy.  I’m not done quite yet, so I think with the answer of forever and a day?  Even with completing NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month – I have a way to go, but almost there.  I can see the finish ribbon ahead of me.  I just have to keep running towards it and not stop so often trying to over perfect it.  Easier said than done.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I would hope my books would read as a bit of Janet Evanovich, with a touch of Cathie Lintz, a pinch of Jennifer Cruise, maybe some Susan Elizabeth Phillips thrown in and for flavor,  a handful of Lori Foster to spice it up.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I think, because it is a mix of three genres, it can be a fun and easy read, appealing to many different types of readers.  I never take my characters or my storyline… or life really…too seriously.  I mean, if you do, what fun is there?  So, I hope the humor I have in it – and let me tell you, I am a sassy pants – will provide some escapism if a life that just happens to get too serious.  I’m here to entertain, not unlock any secrets to life.  I will leave that to others.

 I will be notating other people’s blogs soon.  I have messages and emails out there asking  for permission and so far, I have not received responses.  Alright.  Alright.   I’ll admit it.  I was late in sending out the messages to these people.  My  bad.  (Never been good with these chain things.)  Since I don’t want to hold up an already delayed blog, I have decided to notate them in a different post, perhaps by the end of this week, but I will notate them.  Promise!!!!! Got that God of Blog chains?  Please don’t bestow any bad luck on me…or else, I might just have to write about it. 


Comments on: "The Next Big Thing" (4)

  1. Joan Watkins said:

    Just one thought about the brain explosion thing — at least, you won’t have to clean up the mess. It’s the same kind thought I have about my horrible, overgrown, outlandish mess in my basement. Someone else will inherit the clean-up.
    (and great good luck with the next book!)

  2. I love funny books! It’s good to hear the first novel is doing well.

    • Good Catherine! What the Heck, Dec?! meets the ‘funny’ criteria…I hope. My first novel is doing okay…could be better, but the people who have read it like it, so there’s that. Thanks for your comment.

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