I’ve been tagged in The Next Big Thing by fellow writer Moira McPartlin. Her first novel, The Incomers, was shortlisted for The Saltire Society First Book of the Year 2012. I read the Incomers and thoroughly enjoyed it. It brought back many memories of me coming to Britain for the first time.
When I was tagged I didn’t know what NBT was about. Moira explained that it was a great way to connect with other bloggers and writers. So I thought I’d have a go at it.
I’m asked by Moira to tell you all about my next book by answering these questions and then I tag some other authors to talk about their Next Big Thing.
The first ever idea came to me when our son Billy was in the intensive care unit in a hospital a few days before he passed away. I was watching him and I had this urge and determination to stand up for all the struggles we went through to make him better and healthier. He was a little hero in his mother’s eyes.
After he passed away I started writing this blog for and to Billy.
I often joke with my husband that his role would be played by Ewan McGregor. He teases me suggesting David Tennant or James McAvoy.
Uuganaa, who grew up in a yurt living a nomadic life eating marmot meat and distilling vodka from yogurt in Mongolia ends up in Britain and gives birth to a disabled son who becomes a symbol of union and disunion; cultures and complexity; stigmas and prejudices; and religions and superstitions.
I’ve got a publisher (Yeah!) and in the process of finding an agent.
A couple of years.
There are many themes going on. I suppose it is a combination of The Good Women Of China: Hidden Voices by Xinran (2003,) Hearing Birds Fly By: A Year In A Mongolian Village by Louisa Waugh (2003) and Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert (2007.)
Although the book sounds dark, I hope that my childhood and journey to Britain is an entertaining read. I think the adventure story mixed with the controversial title Mongol with a double meaning will attract readers.
Here are some fab authors I’ve tagged to tell you about their Next Big Thing …
Michael lives in Ayrshire. He is the author of crime novel Blood Tears and non-fiction book Carnegie’s Call. Michael’s blog May Contain Nuts is full of interesting posts including interviews with authors.
She is a Scottish writer of short stories and novels. Vikki loves art and film too. We have known each other since we did our postgraduate degree together in 2006. Vikki’s young adult novel won a trophy from the Scottish Association of Writers’ Conference. She writes her blog Through The Looking Glass on her creative world.
She is Mexican-Irish-French and speaks English, Spanish, French, Papiamentu, and Dutch. Guilie lives on a 150K-inhabitant island called Antilles, Netherlands. Her blog Quiet Laughter is a great blog with rich cross cultural content and extremely well organised and kept entries.
Sue lives in West Sussex and writes her blog A Writer’s Life. She has published some freelance articles and short stories. Her novel Dear Dee is a work of fiction founded on some very large chunks of fact. Some of the characters are heavily based on real people and some are totally fictitious.