Tagged: The Next Big Thing – Find Out What I’m Working On!

I’ve been tagged in a blog game called The Next Big Thing. The game involves authors answering questions about their work in progress (aka WIP). So I am “it” for the moment, and I am off to the 20th century, 1942, to be exact, to talk about a murder taking place under the Big Top. Come along with me back to the Ringling Brothers Circus and World War II! Leave a comment, if you like! Here we go. . . my answers to the OFFICIAL “Ten Questions for The Next Big Thing”: 1. What is the working title of your book? Death of a Clown 2. Where did the idea come from for the book? This book started with the circus memories of my mother, around whom I’ve created the protagonist, Jeri Deane. The cover to the right is a real picture of my mother sitting on the trunk of an elephant in the early 1940s. This picture has a nameless clown extending his arms to Mom. This started my crafty, murderous mind working. What if this clown got murdered? Could Jeri solve the crime? Well, why not, I asked myself?  At that point, I was off and away. I would like to add that to my knowledge, no murders have taken place in the circus. However, one of the characters in the book says: “There’s never been a murder under the Big Top before. Unless you count Miss Brassy’s Performing Poodles. That act could kill a group of Shriners.” 3. What genre does your book fall under? Mystery noir. It has humor and is very fast paced with everything taking place in less than three days, but there’s a definite noir feel about it.  4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? That should only happen, but…

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