I’ve been tagged in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop. If you haven’t heard of it, it is a chance for authors around the world to say what they’re working on.

The gracious Lynn Schneider, author of Perigee Moon tagged me:

The following is a 4 star Goodreads partial review of Lynn Schneider’s book Perigee Moon:

……..In its simplest form, it’s the story of a man who chooses the wrong woman to marry–a plotting and self-absorbed woman–while his real love passes right by him. In its more complicated form, it is an insight into the human condition, and why we sometimes make the choices we do. I found the author’s style similar to John Irving and Jonathan Franzen. The story is well-written and the characters rich. I recommend it for those who like an introspective read.
Carrie Rubin


The blog hop exercise was to answer 10 questions about my own work Losing Dad, Finding Dad

1.What is the title of your book?

Losing Dad, Finding Dad

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

A few years back I attended a funeral so absurd that it just had to be written into a novel. I started thinking what if….and the characters, a plot and a whole novel grew organically from it.

3. What is the genre of the book?

Losing Dad Finding Dad fits literary fiction, contemporary fiction, romance, and even with a liberal minded interpretation of the category: Young Adult.

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

The five important characters are Shayla, Bernice, Tom, Marla, and Gabriel.
As the sensitive and troubled 17-year-old Shayla I see Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones). I can see Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy) as Shayla’s mother, Bernice, the hard working and practical social worker. In the role of her husband, the easy-going but unfaithful husband, Tom, I see Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happiness). The lovely Amanda Seyfried (Mama Mia, The End Of Love) should play Tom’s lover, the 20-something Marla. Shayla’s long lost biological father, the soft-spoken, mysterious and handsome Gabriel, should be played by Johnny Depp (Chocolat).

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

Long lost dad shows up seven years after his two daughters’ adoption, emotionally unhinges his eldest daughter’s life, with mayhem, drama, and breakdown of her adoptive parents’ marriage.

6. Will your book be self published or represented by an agent/publisher?

Losing Dad, Finding Dad will be self-published with Bookbaby as an E book and a printed version in March 2013.

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

From the first idea to the first draft submitted to my editor took about a year and a half, writing on Sundays only.

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

Similar subjects but different: The Glass Castle (Jeanette Walls), The Girl in the Mirror (Cathy Glass), Little Women (Louisa May Alcott).

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

The people that I observed around me in real life who opened their homes and their hearts to someone else’s abandoned children and carry on as if this is a completely natural thing to do.

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

This novel takes the reader into the life of teens; it just might jolt those parents awake who assume that the kids are all right while mom and dad are busy doing their own thing. This fascinating and fast read enlightens about casues of teen angst, the effects of child adandonment and adoption, and how parents can affect their children—for good or for bad. Check it out on the website of the book


My links to two interesting authors:

Savannah Day who wrote several (as of yet unfinished) novels

Shannon A. Thompson, author of September Snow


About BABYBOOMER johanna van zanten

My name is Johanna van Zanten. I am a baby boomer, interested in writing and connecting with other writers and readers to engage in discussions and information sharing, to share a point of view about current global issues, writing, and publishing, diversity, immigration, travel, music, life, specific baby boomer issues, and dating/relationship issues. I have written a novella, ON THIN ICE about baby-boomer Adrienne and will link this blog with the information website for this novella. Right now, I am trying out the blog.
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  1. Your new book sounds good! I can’t wait to get it. Good answers to these questions. I love how the ideas for novels get started. Thanks for participating in the Next Big Thing Blog Hop,

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