Archive | December 2012

Next Big Thing blog meme

abigail breslin callan mcauliffeJORDIN SPARKSemma watson

I’ve been tagged by Wendy James to take part in the Next Big Thing blog meme in which authors answer the same ten questions on their next or current work. So here goes!

1/What is the working title of your next/current project?

The Romance Diaries: Ruby

2) Where did the idea come from for the project?

It’s inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma.

3) What genre does your book fall under?

Romantic comedy.

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

Abigail Breslin for Ruby, Callan McAuliffe for Will, ,Jordin Sparks for Bella, Emma Watson for Jo-and that’s just for starters!

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

Ruby thinks she’s got it all figured out when it comes to other people’s romantic blind spots, and she’s determined to prove it, but all these strange things keep happening–maybe she’s not quite the love expert she thinks she is?

6) In what formats are your book?

In both paperback and e-book.

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

About two months.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre:

Meg Cabot’s books, Louise Rennison’s books–romantic comedies generally!

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

Jane Austen’s wonderful Emma–and also thinking about why people make mistakes in romance! Plus there’s lots of other  literary and pop culture references, everything from Jane Austen and Jane Eyre to Cyrano de Bergerac, The Princess Bride, and the Twilight books!

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

Ruby’s a fantastic character,  and she also has a unique way of using language–there’s even a ‘Decoding Ruby Talk’ at the end of the book. Plus, it’s the first in a series: next one, The Romance Diaries: Stella, is based on Pride and Prejudice, another fantastic and witty love story!



As seen In Pass It On..

..Jackie Hosking’s great newsletter on books and writers for young people:

Who better to introduce modern tweens to the minefields that are love and romance than Jane Austen’s little sister, Jenna Austen?

From an award-winning Australian children’s author writing under the pseudonym ‘Jenna Austen’ comes the perfect series for girls aged 9+ who have moved on from Harry Potter but aren’t quite ready for Twilight yet.

Parents will love the fact this series introduces their daughters to the works of Jane Austen; tween girls will love the diary format, great characters and sweet romance.

Protagonist Ruby is worried that her friends keep making the same mistakes when it comes to romance. Then she develops a theory: most girls go for either a ‘Jane Austen’ guy (funny, sweet, caring) or a ‘Jane Eyre’ guy (dark, brooding, serious) – when really they should be dating the exact opposite!

But when Ruby puts her theory practice, the results don’t exactly go to plan … And if she’s so smart about love, how come she can’t figure out who’s been sending her all the flirty emails and flowers?