The Next Big Thing Blog Tour

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Hello everyone!

I am honored to have been tagged by the gracious and talented Patty Apostolides in The Next Big Thing blog tour! The idea is to hop from blog to blog to discover exciting authors and their books we might not have heard about or that are still Works in Progress (WIP). This is Week 22.

The hop rules require me to answer predetermined questions.

1) What is the working title of your book?

Circle Dance


2) Where did the idea come from for your book?

My sister and I have always enjoyed reading books about families and women. We were originally going to write about three sisters who were blonde, rich and beautiful but we weren’t getting anywhere and we realized that we had no passion for the story. It struck us that there were very few stories about modern Greek American families – those who had truly assimilated into American culture but still retained strong ties to their heritage and cultures. From these musings, Circle Dance was born and became a labor of love for us.

3) What Genre is your book?

Women’s Fiction

4) Which actors would you choose to play in your movie rendition?

Natalie Portman’s classic beauty and grace would be a wonderful choice for Nicole

Patrick Dempsey has the charm and boyish good looks to make him a perfect Michael

5) What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Circle Dance gives the reader a view into the lives of a dynamic family that has successfully achieved the American dream without abandoning the customs and traditions handed down through their Greek heritage.

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

A traditional publisher originally published Circle Dance and we have bought back all rights to it. It has been edited and re-launched on all platforms.

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

Two years

8) What other books would you compare this story to?

The Joy Luck Club, The Namesake

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

We wanted to leave a legacy for our children who would not have the same experiences we did growing up as 2nd generation Greek Americans. My children never met my YiaYia (grandmother) and never heard her stories of the “old country” told in her thick Greek accent. Our desire with Circle Dance was to freeze a moment in time that has passed and allow them to experience that again in its pages.

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

Circle Dance is the story of a dynamic, close-knit, Greek American family told through the eyes of sisters Nicole and Theodora whose passions for the wrong men threaten to tear their family apart. Headstrong and independent – Nicole plunges into life head first, often choosing to ignore the risks. Her growing attraction to the married Senator Demetrios threatens the solid control she has always held over her life. Her love and admiration for her successful father are the driving forces behind her desire to succeed and prove herself as capable as any man. It is only when she allows herself the vulnerability she has kept so tightly in check to emerge, that she discovers a core of resilience and strength. Theodora quickly learns that marriage isn’t the paradise she envisioned and her husband, Stewart, not the man he pretends to be. Stewart’s actions will threaten the lives and livelihood of those closest to Theodora and she must ultimately take responsibility for the role she has played in deceiving herself.

 


5 Responses

  • Wow, incredible blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make running a blog look easy. The entire look of your web site is great, as smartly as the content!

  • Patty says:

    Hi Lynne,

    Your blog looks wonderful! I’ve read your wonderful book Circle Dance and highly recommend it! Well written and touching, it will be a classic one day!
    Best,
    Patty

    • Lynne says:

      Thanks Patty! I appreciate all your support and great advice. You are a wonderful writer and so generous to all of us.

  • Alisa Russell says:

    I have to echo the previous comment. Your blog looks wonderful! And I liked reading about your book too. It sounds fascinating.

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