Since two days ago I meme-slapped a first-time novelist who (scandal!) doesn't run a blog, I'm pleased to post her responses here. You should check out her new book. Compulsion Reads describe it as a "highly passionate and cerebral character study of a woman on a mission to make the world a better place" which paints characters in "vivid colors and spins truly sharp and erudite dialogue."
I hate the word next. My next book's title is The Bough and the Fire (I am pretty sure that will change a few times. The book is being sent to my editor this week.) The book that is now available, and the subject of this meme, is White Lies and Dark Chocolate.
I read an article on CNN about the grim reality that the $300 billion chocolate industry is using trafficked child labor. The problem was discovered over a decade ago, and industries such as Hershey, Mars, Nestle, Callebaut, etc. said that they would stop this practice immediately and make amends publicly. The promise they signed declaring their intentions is called The Cocoa Protocol. As a student of ethics, and a human being, I was pretty outraged. How does it, in today's society, take more than a decade to make something publicly known? Then, I asked myself the question, "What happened to ethics?" I was immediately led to Aesop's Fables our collective, international childhood's introduction to ethics. Aesop inspired my main character, Rose.
This is a very hard question to answer and has made the standard manuscript submission difficult. For starters, I am sure it is fiction (well, most of it). According to my post-modern sensibilities, I am pretty sure it is a work of alternative history, no pun intended. However, I think it can be marketed as up-market women's fiction with a sub-genre of romance. (As to what that advertising banner would look like…?) It wasn't until I completed the book that I realized you are suppose to have a genre. Oops.
Rose is both obnoxious and subtle. I think she would be a hard character to play. However, I think that Anna Kendrick is up for the task. Jessica Chastain looks more the part, and has the chops but she is a bit too mature. I guess that Kirsten Dunst could be the happy medium. The main male lead Josh Harnett. The secondary male lead a younger Matthew McConaughey (From his A Time to Kill days) would be perfect.
I suppose there are a few people who have never tasted chocolate. (I know that is not a fair synopsis, but it is a true one. My elevator pitch is three sentences.)
It took three months to write (yes, it literally poured out) and seven months to edit.
I am not well-read; I have not been able to find another book of its like. I cannot figure out why anyone would put a needle in a haystack.
I have always been interested in the developmental life of my personal heroes Honest Abe, MLK, Jr., Ghandi. What is their back story? What were their parents like? Did they raise them with dreams, historical aspirations? How,or why, did they take that first step outside of the fold?
Rose solves the Mexican border, drug cartel crisis over a slow-cooked Chicken Mole.
I have meme privacy issues. I need to get permission.