Woo hoo! It’s a Blog Hop! I’m excited! Now, when I agreed to do this I didn’t even know what a Blog Hop was. I’d never heard of it! My pal NancyKay Wessman invited me and I said yes because it sounded like fun and the term “Blog Hop” seemed relatively self-explanatory, right? Wrong. Not for me. Because I’m technologically challenged in ways you wouldn’t even believe. I mean, if I went this afternoon and enrolled in a computer class, the teacher would issue me a helmet and then tell me not to touch anything besides the keyboard and to be careful with that. No, I’m not kidding! So I sent NancyKay an email asking for very specific instructions. I wanted to ask her to use mostly one syllable words and colored font, but I chickened out on that and, lucky for me, her polite explanation told me everything I needed to know to get this ball rolling. So here we go… Here it is….
My Next Big Thing by Blog Hopper Extraordinaire Stephanie McAfee:
1: What is the working title of your book(s)?
Down & Out in Bugtussle: The Mad Fat Road to Happiness. This is the third book in my Mad Fat Girl series starring Ace Jones, a chubby school teacher with a penchant for drinking beer and stalking people (sometimes at the same time). It’ll be out and about July 2, 2013.
2: Where did the idea for the book originate?
I actually taught high school for five years and there were times when I thought, “Wouldn’t it be funny if this or that happened?” or “I wonder what would happen if I said this to that person or that to this person?” And so the saga of Ace Jones began on college-ruled paper in a three ring binder during a planning period at New Site High School.
3: Under what genre does your book come?
Crazy Effin’ Buck-Wild Hilarious Girlfriend Adventures. Is that a genre? No? Okay, then it’s Chick Lit. And Humor. Lots and lots of Humor.
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
If Melissa McCarthy played Ace Jones, I’d be so happy that I would probably die before the movie was ever released. When I saw Bridesmaids, I couldn’t focus on anything but the character of Megan. I was like, “I have found Ace Jones! There is my Ace Jones!” It was a great moment. As for my other characters, I’d pretty much like to have the entire cast of Bridesmaids because they were all so fabulous.
5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
In Down & Out in Bugtussle, Ace Jones is trying to put her life back together after moving home from Pelican Cove, Florida, where her dream life fell to pieces. (Okay, I swear it’s not as depressing as it sounds – see Q1 above)
6: Will your book be self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
I’m published by the New American Library imprint of the Penguin Group and I’m represented by the Einstein Thompson Agency.
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I think it took about six months to write the first draft. I think. Time gets blurry for me sometimes.
8: To what other books within your genre would you compare this story?
I try not to compare my work to other books because I’m afraid I’ll offend those authors and they’ll call and cuss me out and say things like, “Don’t you ever use my name again!” (I would insert a smiley face here but that would be unprofessional.) I will say that I do love Jennifer Weiner, Laurie Notaro, and all funny fat girls.
9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Well, Down & Out in Bugtussle is the third book in a three book deal, so I had to write it or there’s no telling what would’ve happened to me. Only kidding! Since my early twenties, I’ve had this idea that I would like to write a book. It’s just something I’ve always wanted to do – kind of like skiing the Swiss Alps or owing a vacation villa in Tuscany. So now every time I walk into a bookstore and see my books on the shelf, I’m just amazed. Sometimes I laugh. Sometimes I want to cry. But I’m always thankful because I feel like the luckiest person in the whole wide world that I get to write for a living. And who knows? I might get to Switzerland one day.
10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
If you have a sense of humor and appreciate practical sarcasm, then you would probably love all three of my books. Wow. That sounds like an ad on a cheap perfume dispenser in a gas station bathroom doesn’t it? How about this: It’s good. It’s funny. If you live in a small town, you know these people. And if you’re chunky like me, then you’ll find some parts to be especially entertaining.
Okay, so that’s a wrap. I’d like to thank NancyKay Wessman for inviting me to take part in my very first Blog Hop. After reading this, she probably won’t ever invite me to participate in anything again, but maybe we can still be friends. (need another smiley here!)
Oh, wait a minute… I forgot something! In addition to my Next Big Thing, let me tell you about my Next Little Thing! Oh, yeah! This is big news! My Next Little Thing is a novelette! No, it’s a long short story! Or a short long story. Maybe it’s a Single! I don’t know what it’s technically called so I’m hereby naming it Stephanie McAfee’s Li’l Mad Fat Shorty! How about that? That’s good, right? No? Well, okay then.
The title of my Li’l Mad Fat Shorty is Ace Jones: Mad Fat Adventures in Therapy and it’ll be on sale in June of 2013 for the low price of $1.99! Yee haw!
Thank you all for your time today! Keep the party going by checking out these cool cats below:
NancyKay Wessman: http://www.wessmanwords.com/
Zetta Brown: http://zettashouse.wordpress.com/
Patricia Neely Dorsey: www.patricianeelydorsey.blogspot.com
Susan Marquez: http://susanmarquez.blogspot.com/
Barbara Mayfield: http://mayfieldart.wordpress.com/
Adios and Vaya Con Dios!