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Confessions of a Busy Mom Who Became an Independent Novelist

Day 18: #30DaysChivalry The Next Big Thing! A Meme, An Interview And A Mention Of A Hamster



It’s a Blog Hop! That means to readers who do not know, that I am “tagged” by other authors to talk about my book on my blog (hey, you don’t have to twist my arm!) link back to their blogs so that they can do the same.  I was invited by Jill Cooper and Eisley Jacobs who have become good friends of mine through Twitter. You could check out their books!

This bloghop has a title! It’s called The Next Big Thing and it’s hosted by author Carla Laureano. I can appreciate that. We’d all like to think, especially in this overcrowded market that we’re all the next big thing. Perhaps it’s a little mad or delusional to think that. If it is, then I need some assistance from someone who not only knows my book well, but has also been accused of being a bit mad and delusional (and wordy) himself: my main character, Professor David Bowles, who is a true gentleman and helped me write all of these little graphics.

Dr. Bowles: May Laura join us?

Katharine:  Of course.

Dr. Bowles: Having her around not only makes me happy, but she has been instructed to poke me if I babble. I do like the sound of my own voice.

Laura: You’re not that bad. I like it too.

Katharine: What is the title of the book we are featuring?

Dr. Bowles: Falling For Your Madness I’m not sure exactly whose madness it is referring. I fell for Laura and she is not mad. It may be in response to my father, who is a bit of an eccentric.

Laura: David, could it be referring to me falling for your madness?

Dr. Bowles: HAH! Well now, I suppose it could, that is if you are referring to my complicated set of rules involving my dating habits, or if you are referring to my wardrobe being limited to wool trousers, tweed jackets and Italian shoes, regardless of the weather or occasion. Maybe it’s in reference to my love of all things English? Could it be that I have an ancient midget in a yellow Nehru jacket as the driver for my black Crown Victoria? Or maybe it’s because I inexplicably despise bananas? I think I see your point.  Let’s have the readers decide. Now what’s the next question?

Katharine: Where did the idea come from for the book?

Dr. Bowles: I would like to think that I walked into Mrs. Grubb’s kitchen, sat down with her and dictated the story last summer.

Katharine: That’s not exactly how it worked out.

Laura: I’d like to think that she was pondering about the kind of man that a girl could not say no to, a gentleman, and then you walked in and spoke to her. Then she told our story and it has a happy ending. That answers the next question about the genre of this book; Falling For Your Madness  is a romance. A quirky romance! None of my girlfriends have ever had a relationship like this one!  .  . . . . .Oh! No!

Dr. Bowles: What’s wrong? Is something upsetting you? Might I be of assistance?

Laura: This is so funny! This next question! Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? The writers of this don’t know how vain you are!

Dr. Bowles: There is only one obvious choice, although his natural hair color is completely wrong and he doesn’t sport a distinguished beard like I do: Benedict Cumberbatch! He’s tall and gentlemanly and has an accent.

Laura: He will do. But he’s not as hot as the original.

Dr. Bowles: Thank you. As for you, there isn’t an actress alive who can fully portray your grace and beauty.

Laura: Awww. (She kisses him.)

Katharine: Do you two need a room?

Dr. Bowles: Oh, I am so sorry. Please forgive us. Now, the next question: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? I’ll have to leave that one to Mrs. Grubb. It is rare that I can limit myself to one sentence.

Katharine: How’s this: Eccentric literature professor David proposes to Laura that they enter a counter-cultural, rule-filled relationship and Laura has to decide if he’s mad or completely worth it. 

Laura: That about sums it up.

Dr. Bowles: I’m glad you didn’t mention that my English accent is fake. Whenever you bring that up, while true, it makes me appear as if I’m crazy. Next question please?

Katharine: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I’ve self-published. I’ve found that this is a good fit for me. Are you pouring tea? May I have some?

Dr. Bowles: Of course. I always defer to the lady. Laura, pass Mrs. Grubb the scones. Now, How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Katharine:  It took me six weeks, which is unusually fast. But I found your story so much fun and you, Dr. Bowles, so interesting, that it became an obsession. I felt like I couldn’t think about anything else.

Laura: I know exactly what that feels like. My father is the same way abou this art. I am too with mine. And David knows a thing or two about obsessions. He’s fascinated with chivalry, aren’t you, dear?

Dr. Bowles: I am! Mrs. Grubb, have you ever heard one of my lectures about the necessity of the Arthurian code of chivalry and how old-fashioned courtship practices are needed today more than ever? I recently read a New York Times article about the death of courtship and I’m going to drive my students crazy in my classes with it, I assure you.

Katharine: I have heard your lectures. I’ve written a couple. In fact, I’m so interested in chivarly, that I blogged about it for 30 straight days in a row! But we need to get back to the questions. This is a good one: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Laura: I know this! You didn’t just want to tell a humorous love story. The world has plenty romantic comedies. What you wanted was to demonstrate in a story how a man and a woman can enter into a respectful, chaste relationship, still have fun, yet uphold a high standard with an eye on long-term committment. You wrote this book for your children, that they might have a model of a good relationship and I, for one, am thrilled to be part of it.

Dr. Bowles: And might I add, you used Arthurian Codes of Chivalry and  a little magic to make it fun. But I am not particularly happy that you had me changed into a hamster, even for a few hours.

Laura:   It was critical to the story. And you did get your happy ending. That’s all that matters.

Dr. Bowles: That’s right. All’s well that ends well. 

Laura:  David! You’re quoting Shakespeare! Not Tennyson? Mrs. Grubb, your readers must know that if David has something important to say, he usually quotes Tennyson.

Dr. Bowles: I would love to recite for you The Lady of Shallot, and then I could explain to you the top fifty points I made in my dissertation . . .

Katharine: And if there’s ever a cue to stop this interview, now would be the time. Thank you, David and Laura for helping me with this meme. Have a good walk this afternoon!


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