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The Next Big Thing - Blog Hop

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 10:35 AM

The Next Big Thing...A buzz word these days, right?  Are you someone who takes pride in finding talent before the whole world knows about it? If so, this blog hop should interest you. 

For those who aren’t familiar with a blog hop...it's like an Easter Egg Hunt for book readers. I was invited to "The Hop" by Linda Rosen, author of Flourish.  I’d like to thank her for tagging me to participate. 

My mission, which I've chosen to accept, is to answer ten questions below.  Then I need to tag other authors willing to share their stories. Some you may have heard of, others may be a hidden talent just waiting for you to discover them. Enjoy!

1. What is the working title of your book?

A. Grown Men Don't Cry

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

A. The idea evolved from a combination of themes I wanted to explore. The primary theme is centered around the bonds of friendship. I lost touch with my childhood best friend and regret it to this day. Other themes in the book include men who suffer from mental illness and the embarrassment they initially face by appearing weak.  My hope was to get the reader attached to Ben and Jimmy, like them and later on witness their struggles with mental demons. Finally, the last theme involves searching for a purpose in life. Many people in today's fast paced world are always looking for something better, instead of appreciating what they have right in front of them. 

3. What genre does your book fall under?

A. Fiction - Coming of Age 

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? 

A. Ben - Matt Damon or Mark Wahlberg, Jimmy - Ben Affleck or Leonardo DeCaprio (Might as well shoot for the stars, right?). 

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

A. Grown Men Don’t Cry is the story of sacrifice, friendship, mortality and the will to persevere.

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

A. Presently the book is self-published.

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

A. Approximately 18 months

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

A. Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (out soon as a Major Motion picture).  It also shares some themes with the movies Stand By Me and Brian's Song. My writing style has some similarities to Mitch Albom (Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven and The Timekeeper).

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

A. When I found out my childhood best friend passed away, who I lost touch with, past, it really impacted me. Also, reading another friend's blog about his painful suffering with PTSD.  

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

A. While the book certainly has several serious elements, I also tried to encorporate some light-hearted moments that should make you laugh. The idea here is to highlight the highs and lows of life, which is accentuated for people who suffer from depression.

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Reply Linda Rosen
2:13 PM on October 24, 2012 
This sounds like a gripping story, and an inspiring one, I'll definitely read. Good luck, Brandon
Reply John M. Wills
11:01 AM on June 4, 2013 
Sounds interesting, I look forward to reading it.