|Nevada City, MT inspires me for Lucky's Draw|
What’s the tittle? Lucky's Draw
Where did the idea come from? Out walking in the mountains of Montana, I saw an old homestead. My mind started spinning on who might have lived there and what was their life like. I was looking for a new book idea so I started walking and talking out loud to God. No kidding. I asked Him to help me come up with a story I'd fall in love with and be able to write. That night I had the walk on my mind. Then I started thinking about the stories I've loved most and analyzing why I loved them. I woke up the next morning with the entire plot line for the first book and most of the plot for the next two in the three book series. I think it was important to give my mind over to the Author of Creativity--God, to actively think about it before going to sleep, and then allowing my mind to work on it. I woke up with the best dream world for Lucky's Draw! But I believe it wasn't possible without all of those steps. The process seems to work very well for me even during spots when I feel stuck.
Genre: Historical Women's Fiction with strong elements of romance
What actors would play your character in a movie version? I'd love suggestions for this one. Lucky is a small Irish woman with black hair and green eyes. She's gritty from being a floozy. Then I have a dozen tall Swedish women with varying degrees of blonde and light brown hair. Please offer your suggestions.
I'd love to see someone like Jason O'Mara play the newsman, David Zion.
What’s the Short Synopsis? A Black Irish saloon girl becomes the matchmaker for a dozen widows in Hidden Draw, Montana, in an 1864 Old West Shangri-la. Matchmaker meets Lost Horizon by an Amazonian-like population of tall blonde Swedish immigrants. Lucky Starr longs for what she can’t have—family, respectability, and community. Many books have mail order brides. This one has males on order.
Agency Representation My agent is Tamela Hancock-Murray of the Steve Laube Agency.
How long did it take to write the first draft? In progress, but the plot is written. The rough draft plot took me a day plus a critique meeting :) Once I write the plot skeleton, then I sit down and start writing the rough draft to fill in the "guts". Then one more pass fills in the rest of the story, polish, and the artistic flair.
What other books in the genre compare? Sixteen Brides, Lost Horizon (sort of as an inspiration),
Who or what inspired this WIP? Brainstorming my favorite movies and then really playing with the plots. More like scrambling the plots and adding more. My favorite movies include a lot of imagination like Brigadoon, Lost Horizon/Shangri-la, Matchmaker, and Amazon Women. I love old musicals. The photo on this blog gives me inspiration for a similar saloon where Lucky might have worked. But I'm building a two-story saloon in my book. I've been taking all sorts of photos of old Montana towns and buildings for setting.
Anything to add? I have several other books in the works ranging from non-fiction to contemporary to historical romance novellas. I have about a dozen solid book ideas and proposals in my laptop. Lucky's Draw is book one of three.