Thursday, 25 October 2012

The Next Big Thing! Who Me? I just wish.....:-)

Thanks to Paula for tagging me in The Next Big Thing thingy. 

What is the working title of your next book?

‘Message in a bottle.’

Where did the idea come from for the book?

It’s a true story that needs to be told.

What genre does your book fall under?

Ludicrously unlikley autobiographical adventure.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Not sure as I'm hopeless with names of actors.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

A chance to make a survival film exploring the desert island dream turns into a nightmare as my 'Robinson Crusoe' fantasies clash with my teenage companion’s wish to live out the ‘Blue Lagoon’.

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

Agency I hope ...

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


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

The kind of book where a woman crosses the desert with just a camel for company. Dervla Murphy comes to mind.

Who or what inspired you to write the book?

My dear friends who believe the story is still worth telling after all this time.

What else about your book might pique the readers interest?

This is not just a story of desert island discord, spider infested jungles and lack of protein. This is a story of overcoming grief, finding life purpose and wondering whether my boyfriend will wait for me.

Anything else?

So far, this story has been told by the tabloids and my companion (channel five documentary). Now it’s time for me to stuff my experience in a bottle and throw it on the ocean. One day I hope an agent will pick up the bottle and represent me. One day I hope readers will join me on that rat infested, haunted isle and find humour and resilience lurking in the jungle.

Now to chose someone else, well, five.



  1. Great post, Helen. And thank you so much for the nomination.

    Message in a Bottle sounds terrific.