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The Next Big Thing

Posted by Cassi J Reed on January 2, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Hello all, I was tagged by Jon Michaelsen to take part in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop. Check out his blog out at www.jonmichaelsen.net. First please take a look at my next big thing below.

What is the working title of your book?

Selkie Tears

Where did the idea come from for the book?

This idea came to me after my older son was in the hospital with congenital heart failure. He was only 20, and had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The heart failure came about because of the disease. After a week long stay in the hospital, we were able to bring him home, but the meds he was in had him messed up. He'd had a reaction to a blood thinner and was just so restless. I wasn't getting sleep, he wasn't getting sleep. That situation was really taking it's toll. I was so tired, and getting so depressed that I felt like running away. After another week, my son's visiting nurse came by to take his blood and check and see how thin his blood was. Well, his blood was too thin, so she said take him off for a week until her next visit. Within 24 hours the restlessness he'd been suffering for nearly two weeks was gone and he was much more like himself. He was able to rest, to sleep, thus I was able to rest.

During one of those quiet times I was listening to music by Angels of Venice, a song called A Chantar Mer. It made me think of the sea and ancient things we don't understand. I set the story in Ireland because they have a legend of seal folk, called Selkies. This is when Aran, my female main character was born. She's a broken soul, she fights a deep depression that even the doctors can't figure out.

What genre does your book fall under?

I don't know, I'd say fantasy romance. It's set in contemporary times, but there are a lot of fantastical elements.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Wow, let me see.

Sean: I know he's older now, but Sean Bean is my inspiration for Sean and I'd like to see him play this character.

Aran: Zooey Daschenal, I think she could play Aran quite well.

Collette: hmmm, not sure. Someone who can be cold and bitchy. Can't really think of anyone off hand.

Daffydd: Michael Hogan. He's played on Battlestar Galactica and in one of my favorite video game series, Mass Effect.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Depression is Aran Declan's life, and somehow it's connected to the sea.


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

I don't have an agency, but I do have a publisher who will more than likely take this.

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

I'm not quite done with this one. A few more chapters to go to finish it up. It's been a work in progress for almost three years, now. Life has a way of stepping in and taking writing time away.

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

I can't really think of any. I do know of a couple that have Selkies in them, but not quite like mine.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I guess what inspired me to write this book was just several ideas that cumulated at a time when I was feeling down myself and my main character is fighting depression and a way to get through it.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?


There is a mysterious man that haunts Aran, she must confront him as well as the family secret.

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Reply Jon Michaelsen
10:07 AM on January 4, 2013 
Thanks for participating in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop! I've enjoyed reading what writers are currently working on. I had the pleasure to read the first several chapters of Selkie Tears, and feel in love with the story, especially the characters of Aran and Sean. Readers will love this awesome romance!
Reply Cassi J Reed
12:25 PM on January 6, 2013 
Thanks, Jon. I'm going to be finishing Selkie Tears soon, I hope. lol