Local author Sandy Fussell has ‘tagged’ me on her blog to write about my ‘next big writing thing’, which means answering 10 questions about what I’m working on at the moment.
1. What is the working title of your next book?
“Just Like Buster’
2. Where did the idea come from?
My mischievous border collie, Buster.
3. What genre does the book come under?
It was originally going to be a picture book, but it could develop into an early reader’s chapter book, much like an ‘Aussie Nibble’.
4. Which actors could portray the main characters if the book was made into a film?
When I think of Buster being portrayed on the big screen, the first dog which springs to mind is the border collie in the film ‘Babe’, but that was made years ago so maybe, Buster could play himself! I’m sure he would keep the director on their toes!
5. Describe your book in a one sentence synopsis.
“While other dogs perform tricks, come when called and stay at home, Buster’s family believes he is just the opposite – or is he?”
6.Will your book be self published or published via an agency?
I hope it will be picked up by a publisher.
7.How long did it take to write the first draft?
It’s hard to say – probably a day to get the basic idea out of my head and onto paper but then I started the second draft the following day! The manuscript had been ‘rested’ for several months while I was working on another project and busy with my ‘real’ job, but I’m about to pick it up again. Chances are, I’ll begin all over again! The basic idea for the book won’t leave me though, so I’l have to continue working on it until I’m happy with it. That could take a couple of years!
8. How does it compare with other books already published?
When I first started working on ‘Buster’, I thought of other books previously written about unusual dogs and of course, Colin Thompson’s ‘Fearless’ came to mind. I think there’s ‘room’ for others.
9. Where did you get your inspiration for the book.
That’s easy – my own border collie, Buster. Border collies are renowned for their intelligence, but I think Buster is too smart. When I look at him sometimes, I can almost see him thinking. He doesn’t obey commands imeediately for example, it’s as if he’s weighing up his options before committing himself! He has had several adventures, which I think just have to be shared – one in particular which has proven his ‘smarts’ to me.
10. What else about the book may pique the reader’s interest?
If it develops as a picture book, the illustrations could grab readers of all ages. I’d love to see an illustrator show the ‘thinking’ Buster!