The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

My lovely writing buddy, Kristie Haigwood contacted me and asked if I’d like to take part in this thing called ‘THE NEXT BIG THING’. Thanks, Kristie! It is designed to raise awareness of our work, or work in progress. We do that by answering ten questions about it. We graciously thank the person who nominated us, and tag five other authors whose work could well be that NEXT BIG THING.


So how about we get started!


Q#1: What is the title of your book?

‘Dying to Remember’ is the 2nd book of The Station series.

Q#2: Where did the idea for the book come from?

Oohhh…all my best ideas start from dreams that then morph into my lives in some way.

Q#3: What genre does your book fall under?

‘Dying to Remember’ is a Young Adult Fiction borderlining on Fantasy.

Q#4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I’ll pick the two main characters. Give it a few more years and Elle Fanning would make a great Piper Willow. And Sloan could be none other than Alex Pettyfer…with dark hair.

Q#5: What is the one sentence sypnopsis for the book?

The next installment in The Station Series by Amazon Bestselling Author, Trish Marie Dawson, takes readers on another lively journey through the after-life adventures of eighteen year old Piper Willow, who has new challenges to overcome, new names to learn and is faced with a new Station occupation.

Q#6: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Self-published but this does not mean I’ve done it all alone, that is far from the truth.

Q#7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Hmmm. This book took me about three months, but probably two months of writing time, as I did an anthology short in the middle of working on this project.

Q#8: What other books would you compare this story to, in your genre?

I have no clue. And I hope that’s a good thing.

Q#9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My Aunt Teresa. She died July of 2011 and I still miss her very much.

Q#10: What else about the book might pique the readers’ interest?

Well, even though it IS Young Adult, there is enough fantasy in this book to keep readers asking questions. Especially about what lies beyond death. Do any of us truly know what happens after we die? I want readers to sit back after experiencing this story and go, “Huh…” and just ponder on that for a bit.


I’d like to pass the torch to five deserving authors, and let them tell you all about their work. Their posts will bear the same title and will be live on or around November 28th. Here they are:

Tessa Stokes

Steffany Martin

Jessica Bradshaw

Samantha Truesdale

Author Steffany Martin is here! :)

Heartless’ has been writing stories almost her entire life. She loves to write and also read fantasy stories. When not writing she will be playing with her five cats, gaming, or creating various arts and crafts. She currently lives in Columbus,OH USA.

Thanks for being with us today Miss Steffany! Can you tell us…when did you start writing?

I’d say I’ve been writing since third grade. If I wasn’t writing stories down I always had at least a dozen that I would be constantly making up in my mind. By my late teen years I was very dedicated to writing stories that I actually wanted to make into books.

3rd grade, wow! So, can you tell us more about your latest book?

My latest book is Cella, A Tale of Cinderella (book 1 in Fairy Tales Retold). It is the story of Cinderella but told my way.

I do love a good fairy tale. Tell us about your main characters, are they people you would be friends with in real life?

The main characters are, of course, Cinderella, and also Prince Royal and the pirate Starling. Cinderella is who the story revolves around. She’s a really sweet, kind girl. She is loved by everyone except for those who are jealous of her and the queen – but that is because of petty reasons. She’s hardworking and honest and really can’t understand how so many bad things can happen in her life. Prince Royal is rather free-spirited. He loves sailing the oceans and would spend all of his time on a boat if his parents would allow it. They want him to remain at home and finally decide to force him to marry, thinking that it would make him finally settle down and start to take on the duties of a prince. Starling is the first mate on the pirate ship that Cinderella gets captured by after her banishment from the kingdom. He doesn’t really behave as all of the other pirates do. That is mostly because the captain raised him properly, making sure that he had a very good education. He is very caring of others, though he does prefer to be alone. Regardless, he is the best pirate on the ship with no one being able to best him in a fight. I would be friends with any of my characters. In many ways they already seem like my friends with how much time I spend in creating them.

Sounds very fascinating! Can you share with us where the inspiration behind your writing comes from?

Inspiration comes in many forms for me; from the people in my life, my pets, books/movies, and music. I find music though to probably be the most inspirational.

I agree. I could not write without my music. What has been the most rewarding part of your writing journey so far?

The satisfaction I get when I complete a story and hearing how much people like my books when they read them.

Have you ever thought if your book became a movie, what the opening song would be?

That’s tough.

So what are your top five favorite books?

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien is unparalleled and is hands down my favorite book. There’s so many others that I like so it is very hard to narrow it down, but I suppose the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, The Scarlet Pimpernel series by Baroness Orczy, The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, and The Myst Trilogy by Rand and Robin Miller. Though that is technically more than five books you really can’t read one without reading all the others.

We have some of the same favorites! I do love my C.S. Lewis. Steffany, do you have any advice for budding writers?

Write what about what you have the most interest in. If you try to write what is “popular” or just something that isn’t really appealing to you, your readers are going to be able to tell. Writing should be fun and the end product should make you proud. Most importantly don’t be offended by constructive criticism, if you take the advice it will only make you a better writer.

Great advice Steffany, thank you! What can we expect to see from you in the future and where can we find your work?

I am currently working on the second book in Fairy Tales Retold which will be Rain and Snow, A Tale of Snow White. And my next fantasy novel is Albino Demon. My books are available on amazon for the kindle or in paperback. Though I will be making them available for the nook shortly.

Before we hit our lightening round…a fun question has to be thrown your way! If you could choose any Author, living or dead, to read your book, who would you choose and why?

I would have to pick J.R.R. Tolkien. I have never been able to find another author that comes close to being as great as he was. His work is amazing. I wish I had a fraction of the imagination and skill he possessed to create such masterpieces. I would have loved to be able to get his comments on the things that I write.

Excellent choice, Steffany…now hold on tight, it’s time for our Rapid-Fire Questions!

Chocolate or Wine? Chocolate. I’ve actually never yet tried wine so it could possibly replace chocolate. I’m not really that much of a chocoholic.

eReader or Paperback? A year ago I would have said paperback, but now I would probably pick ereader. If I like the book enough I will get it in paperback/hardback though.

Shower or Bath? Shower. I like to spend as little time as possible in the bathroom.

Bra or No Bra? Bra.

Beach or Pool? Pool, if it’s private. But I’ve actually never been to the beach so perhaps I would like it better, though I prefer seclusion.

Heels or Flats? Flats. The flatter the better, my feet revolt when put in heels.

Sweet or Sour? I think I have to go with sweet even though I love sour.

A Partner That Does Laundry or A Partner That Gives Massages? Why not both? Probably laundry though because that is my least favorite thing to do.

Thanks for joining us today, Steffany! You can find Steffany on Facebook and Amazon or follow her Blog.

Please read on for more info about Steffany’s latest book! Happy Reading!

Cinderella is an ordinary girl living with her parents at their bakery and working at the palace. She thinks her dreams are coming true when she meets the prince and he asks her to marry him. But one day she gets accused of stealing from the queen and the king has her banished to the prison island. However, Cinderella never makes it there because her ship is looted by pirates and she is taken as their prisoner. Meanwhile the prince is doing everything in his power to prove that Cinderella is innocent and have her sentence reversed. Will Cinderella ever get a happy ending and be able to be with the one she truly loves?

Find Cella, A Tale of Cinderella on Amazon today! 🙂