Nov 282012

The lovely and talented Marilyn Brant (HOLIDAY MAN) tagged me to take part in blogging meme to answer questions about my next book (hence The Next Big Thing title). MIRACLE PIE is done, but it needs to be read by my critique partners before I can publish it. I’m really happy to talk about it. I hope it’s The Next Big Thing! Enjoy the Q&A!

What is the working title of your book? MIRACLE PIE
I hope you love it and don’t think it’s a cookbook about pies.

Where did the idea come from for the book? This is the fourth story in my Miracle Interrupted series. Katie was mentioned in the previous three books. In the first, MUST WORSHIP CATS, her father brought one of her pies to a neighbor’s. From that, it came to me that she made pies for a living and delivered them to nearby restaurants that didn’t have pastry chefs.

For the hero, I’ve been watching the Top Chef series, which gave me the idea that a character in the book (Katie’s friend) would want to star in her own cooking show and the hero would be a director/filmmaker. But as I learned more about the subject, with advice from Gina Black and Sheila Clover English (Circle of Seven Productions) Gabe became a videographer. A lot of the plot evolved from the hero/heroine’s careers.

What genre does your book fall under? Magical realism & contemporary romance.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Maggie Gyllenhaal at age 28, and Simon Baker at 30.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Katie’s magic is pies, Gabe’s is being alive โ€“ but it takes more than magic for a happily ever after.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Self-published. MIRACLE PIE will probably be out in January, though there’s a possibility it will be available in December.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? Less than two months for the first draft. It’s on the short side, about 63,000 words.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Books by Sarah Addison Allen, and the Friday Harbor series by Lisa Kleypas. They’re all in the same magical realism subgenre.

Who or what inspired you to write this book? When my mother was alive, she was the best pie maker, so I was very pleased to write about pies. Except for her baking skills, my mother was nothing like my heroine, but she was a huge reader and I know she would’ve loved the book.

What else about your book might pique the readerโ€™s interest? In this book, the village gets together to help members of the community who are in need. They do this in a unique way. I enjoyed writing those scenes. If you’re a dog lover, Katie has a 19-year-old Beagle named Happy who’s mentioned often in the book. Happy might even be on the cover. I hope so!


I tagged four wonderful authors to blog about their Next Big Thing next Monday on the Dec. 5th. I’m looking forward to reading their posts!

Michelle Diener (Her newest historical was released this Tuesday: THE EMPEROR’S CONSPIRACY)
Mary Hughes (Biting Oz)
Cynthia D’Alba (Texas Two Step)

What’s the next best thing in your life?

  13 Responses to “The Next Big Thing”

  1. Edie, you know how I feel about books with food (!!), so I am already REALLY excited about this story!! I love watching Simon Baker, btw, on “The Mentalist” and would really enjoy seeing him in a romantic role like this. And I’ve been a longtime fan of magical realism — Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic and Sarah Addison Allen’s books are great. I also loved Chocolat by Joanne Harris and, of course, your Miracle Interrupted series!!

    • Marilyn, yes, I do know how you feel about food. Maybe I should do food with every book. lol

      I read Chocolat – and I loved the movie! I never read Practical Magic. I should read it. Thanks for another recommend!

  2. Edie, Miracle Pie sounds really good! I’m impressed with the speed of your first draft and hope I can adopt a similar pace for my next novel. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Mmm… pie….

    Huh? What were we talking about?

    This sounds like fun, Edie! I can so picture Maggie Gyllenhaal in this story – she played a baker in “Stranger than Fiction” and her story line was great. And Simon Baker, too?! That just makes it even more appealing. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kate, I never watched Stranger than Fiction. Now I’ll have to check it out at IMDb. I really admire her as an actress, and she’s not the usual Hollywood beauty.

      • Now I remember Stranger than Fiction. I really enjoyed it. Probably the only Will Ferrell show I liked. I thought Emma Thompson was great in it.

        • LOL, Edie – I’m with you on Will Ferrell. I think Emma Thompson is great in pretty much everything she does. ๐Ÿ™‚

          And congrats on the release of MIRACLE LANE!

  4. […] was invited to join in the fun of The Next Big Thing meme by fellow MM co-blogger, Edie Ramer. It is a wonderful way to learn about upcoming books, and I can’t wait to read the answers to […]

  5. I love how you bring lots of separate fascinating threads together to make a beautiful whole. Your books are always both fascinating and moving. A pastry chef and a videographer, how exciting is that? Looking forward to reading Miracle Pie!

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