Welcome to the Next Big Thing!

Welcome to The Next Big Thing!

My writer friend, CR Hodges who is writing a myth based urban fantasy set in Sweden, recently tagged me for a chain blog entitled The Next Big Thing’.

The deal is: I answer a few questions about my current work-in-progress, then I invite other authors to do the same. A bit like a chain letter, except it is only focused on an authors’ work-in-progress. CR Hodges was tagged previously by Timothy Hurley. I’ve included details of their blogs so that you can explore their answers to the same questions. The authors I’ve chosen Anne Allen and Zteve Evans, along with CR Hodges and Timothy Hurley, have been tagged below my answers. So here goes:

1.      What is the working title of your next book?

That’s easy. ‘The Life and Demise of Norman Campbell.’ These were Norman’s specific instructions two days before he died.

2.      Where did the idea come from for the book?

At Norman’s 100th birthday in fact. My Dad thought it would be a great idea to tell Norman’s story, since it was such a good one.

3.      What genre does your book fall under?

Memoirs, although it is in date order so it could almost be autobiographical. It is a transcript of Norman’s actual words taken from videos of him telling stories about his life. I’d love to put some of his videos on this blog if I can.

4.      What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

I can think of several suitable actors who’ve also died and also you’d need several to span the years to 103 wouldn’t you, even with a lot of make up. Michael Caine would be a favourite with his accent and sense of fun. How about Mackenzie Crook for the younger Norman?

5.      What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Lived through both World Wars and ventured to Australia in the 1920’s, Norman was a bit of a lad who was finally tamed when he reached 70 and married his childhood sweetheart he’d left behind all those years ago.

6.      Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

It’s going to be published through Amazon Create Space.

7.      How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Two years of interviews face to face and on skype, checking details, collecting photos and formatting.

8.      What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

It’s unique!

9.      Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My parents gave a copy of Riduna to Norman on his 100th birthday and he said, ‘I’ve got quite a story to tell!’

10.  What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

Norman was an inspiration to young and old, becoming a silver surfer at 102yrs when he bought his first computer. He lived life to the full right to the end. It is Norman’s wish that 25% of the profits go to his chosen charities and I will honour his wishes.

Here are the blog links for

Anne Allen

Zteve Evans

CR Hodges

Timothy Hurley

Not only that, but I have also made a loop link to my other blog to do the same interview about my next novel, a murder mystery. Check it out on the link below:

Diana Jackson

In fact you may have seen me review one of Anne’s books ‘Dangerous Waters’ on my other blog and she has some tempting details about a Writer’s Retreat on the island of Herm on her blog too. Zteve Evans has also written some holidays guides to The Channel Islands!


About Diana Jackson

Author of 'The Healing Paths of Fife', Historical Romantic fiction ~ The Riduna Series set in 19th and early 20th Century a murder mystery ~ 'Murder, Now and Then' and two memoir. What links my books ~ history! Website:www.dianamaryjackson.co.uk Blog:www.dianamj.wordpress.com Riduna on Twitter and on Facebook too!
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