Welcome to The Next Big Thing!
What is a blog hop? It’s a virtual event that helps readers discover new authors. The first author tags five others whose work he or she admires, who each tag five more, who each tag five more, and so on. These memes float around the internet every few years, and this particular event has been so widespread, covering so many genres and amazing authors, that we’re thrilled to participate.
Before we get to the questions, we’d like to thank Sparkle Abbey, who tagged us for this. We met Sparkle Abbey (another collaborative writing team!) at Bouchercon and have enjoyed their Pampered Pet series, set in Laguna Beach, California were there are plenty of eccentric characters and lots of spoiled dogs. You can read more about them here:
The way this hop works, we (and the authors we’ve chosen) will each answer (on our respective blogs) the same 10 (predetermined) questions ranging from our current works in progress to our writing processes and beyond. We hope you’ll enjoy learning about our work. Please feel free to comment and ask questions.
Okay, ready? Here is our Next Big Thing!
1: What is the working title of your book(s)?
CHIHUAHUA CONFIDENTIAL — coming out April 2, 2013
THE BIG CHIHUAHUA –coming out October 2013
2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
We had set up the idea of a Dancing with Dogs competition in our first novel, Dial C for Chihuahua, and wanted to find out what happened when Pepe and Geri went down to Los Angeles to compete. Of course, the day they arrive, they meet the Beverly Hills starlet who Pepe insists he once lived with, and they stumble upon the corpse of one of the show’s judges, the mean judge, Nigel St. Nigel.
3: What genre does your book come under?
Humorous cozy mystery
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Geri Sullivan, our female PI, might be played by Zoe Deschanel–she’s that kind of quirky, arty character. Adam Rodriguez could play the handsome dog trainer who she meets in the first novel. Vince Vaughn would make a great Jimmy G. the eccentric PI who hires Geri. The white Chihuahua who played Chloe in Beverly Hills Chihuahua looks a lot like the hero of our book, the very macho Pepe.
5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Geri Sullivan, amateur PI, and her talented Chihuahua, Pepe, are dancing up a storm on the set of a reality TV show, Dancing with Dogs, when a series of murders threatens to disrupt the show and ruin Pepe’s chances to impress his Pomeranian lady love, also a contestant.
THE BIG CHIHUAHUA
Pepe and Geri go undercover in a cult that worships an ancient warrior dog named Barkawanda. Pepe considers starting his own cult until the peace of the ranch is shattered by a series of murders that are blamed on a pair of wild wolves.
6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
Our books are published by Kensington Books, which publishes many other cozy authors including Staci McLaughlin, Sara Rosett and Barbara Allan’s Trash ‘n’ Treasures mysteries.
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It takes us about a year to write a book. We take turns writing chapters so we have to move slowly as we never plot in advance and need time to react to and anticipate the twists and turns our partner introduces.
8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
People who like Judy McCoy’s Dog Walker series, Sparkle Abbey’s Pampered Pet series, Spencer Quinn’s clever and funny books about Chet (the hound) and Bernie (his hapless owner and PI), and, of course, the champion of humorous mystery: Janet Evanovich.
9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The short answer: Waverly’s daughter, Shaw, owns a white Chihuahua named Pepe who has a lot of personality.
The long story: It all started when Waverly fired herself as Curt’s writing coach because he wasn’t writing. That was the year he was a judge for the Edgars and had a bathtub full of mystery novels to read. After that year, Curt started a revenge mystery, called “Who’s Killing the Edgar Judges?” in which he was going to kill off five imaginary mystery writers whose books had been nominated for best mystery. Of course, he had to make up those writers and their mysteries and he invented a writer who was writing a book about a talking Chihuahua named Pepe. Waverly said, “I want to read that book!” and the next week, Curt brought in the first scene of what became our first book, Dial C for Chihuahua. Waverly, knowing Curt’s tendency to start things but never finish them, asked if she could collaborate with him and thus Waverly Curtis came into being.
10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
We are unusual in that we write together. Curt Colbert is the author of three hard-boiled detective novels set in Seattle: Rat City, Sayonaraville and Queer Street and editor for the anthology Seattle Noir from Akashic Books. Waverly Fitzgerald wrote three historical romances under the name of Nancy Fitzgerald decades ago. Curt likes to start things and Waverly likes to finish them. Curt writes more one-liners and Waverly prefers situational humor. Curt lives with his wife and their cat, Esmeralda, while Waverly lives with her daughter and her daughter’s Chihuahua, Pepe. But we are great friends and have enjoyed working together and writing together for years.
Listed below you will find authors who will be joining us via the blogosphere next Wednesday, January 23, 2013. Please check out their blogs, bookmark their websites and add them to your calendars for updates on WIPs and new releases!