Tuesday, November 13, 2012

...and a little more Mrs. Meade

There are some days when...well, let's just leave it at this: there are Some Days When. Fill in the blank with what you will, and you can bet it probably went wrong yesterday. Which is why it was absolutely perfect timing when J.T. Webster tagged me for a short blog meme. Thanks, J.T.! I don't know what in the world I'd have done for a blog post otherwise.

This is a writers' meme, the questions all being related to your work in progress. A really good one for November, with so many people working on a novel for NaNoWriMo. As Hercule Poirot would say—me, I am going to take the Mrs. Meade story I just finished and do that:

What's the working title?
The Oldest Flame: A Mrs. Meade Mystery

What genre is it?
Historical mystery

A brief synopsis:
Mrs. Meade had been looking forward to a pleasant visit with old friends—but their house party turns to disaster when a fire destroys the house during the night. Even worse, the fire appears to have been deliberately set. Which of the people who were in the house that night is responsible? There are several possibilities, and Mrs. Meade is not sure which is the most distressing…

Where did the idea for the story come from?
I honestly can't remember! The first notes I wrote down were a pretty accurate outline of the plot, so I know I must have let the idea simmer for a while before I committed it to paper. And since I usually start with the solution to the mystery, to share some of my initial thought processes would give it away, I'm afraid!

If your story was made into a movie who would you pick to play the roles?
I'll have to beg off on this one, for two reasons—first, I'm really not familiar with many present-day actors; and second, the characters in this story were all pretty much made up from scratch, rather than being inspired by a face I'd seen somewhere.

Rather than tagging anyone specific, I'm going to take my usual shortcut and extend an open invitation to anyone who'd like to give it a try!

1 comment:

J.T. Webster said...

This new story sounds so good. I'm looking forward to reading it :)