I wanted a title that conveys a relationship or interconnection between three people in a positive way so I thought of trinity – with the lower case t. This is the first time I thought about the title in relation to a potential book cover. It’s a sign.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
The initial idea came from the movie Oliver Stone Movie Savage.
What genre does your book fall under?
Adult contemporary Fiction – with a hint of romance
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Can I refer you to my Pinerest board titled trinity?
There is a photo of what Alex looks like – no one famous, I would have to find this girl. This is my Alexanda.
Lance – Matt Damon, but taller
Chay – Orlando Bloom
What is a one-sentence synopsis of the book?
Alexanda has spent her life learning to be ok with being alone and just when she thinks she has a handle on it, she meets her father for the first time and is pulled into his world were she has to trust others in order to stay sane and stay alive.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I will go the traditional route first, but this one I really want to see published.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
This is my NaNoWriMo project and I am ahead of schedule right now, so I hope it will take me 30 days.
What other books would you compare this story to in your genre?
It is a bit like James Patterson’s old stuff, but a little more in-depth character wise. Sidney Sheldon, but contemporary.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
It is different then what I have written before and I wanted to see if I could do it. Plus, this isn’t a piece of fluff, it’s got some serious issues and a bit more research then I have done before. I know everything there is to know about the Marine, Special Forces and photography. Really, ask me anything.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
There are a lot of elements to this book: romance, relationships, sex, drugs, military, death, regret. As well as Happiness, Passion, Love and Faith.
5 Nominations: I decided to nominate some of my fellow NaNoWriMo participants:
Ridley Scott is one of my favorite movie makers. He has this amazing ability to create ‘all in’ movies. By ‘all in’ I mean he completely commits to showcasing not only amazing characters, but amazing scenes and amazing worlds. There are no breaks, no waisted scenes and no unnecessary moments. He goes all in. No matter when it was made or what genre the movie is. Whether it is a CGI epic or beautifully choreographed action, his scenes never cease to draw me in completely. Here are just a few of my favorite examples with my favorite quotes:
Alien (1979) – the quintessential alien movie. “You still don’t understand what you’re dealing with, do you? Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.
Prometheus (2012) – alien planets aren’t clean, slick and mechanical , they are messy and dirty. “At this moment of our civilization, we can create cybernetic individuals, who in just a few short years will be completely indistinguishable from us. Which leads to an obvious conclusion: WE are the gods now.”
G.I. Jane (1997) – military training, not for the faint of heart. “Pain is your friend, your ally, it will tell you when you are seriously injured, it will keep you awake and angry, and remind you to finish the job and get the hell home. But you know the best thing about pain? It let’s you know your not dead yet.”
Black Hawk Down (2001) – The complexity of the battle at Mogadishu. “No one gets left behind, you know that.’
Kingdom of Heaven (2005) – “You are not what you were born, but
what you have it in yourself to be.”
Gladiator (2000) – I know this quote by heart. – “My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.”
Mystery, Suspense, Thriller Movies:
American Gangster (2007) – “The man I worked for had one of the biggest companies in New York City. He didn’t own his own company. White man owned it, so they owned him. Nobody owns me, though.”
Body of Lies (2008) – where as Denzel was his brother favorite, Russell is Ridley’s favorite actor. – “Nobody’s innocent in this shit.”
What is your favorite Ridley Scott movie. Do you get that ‘all in’ feeling when you watch his movies?
I recently read an article in the July 2012 issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine. The title of of the article was Would you give up a Year of Your Life to Sleep With Ryan Gosling?
The article proceed to pose several opposing scenarios and it got me thinking how would I answer these questions? I decided to give myself a little quiz.
Would I give up a year of my life to sleep with Ryan Gosling?
Maybe, but for Johnny Depp, Ben Foster, Troy Aikman, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Chef Michael Votaggio, or Orlando Bloom – absolutely. Just as long as I got to tell people and I got to leverage the encounter in order to gain either tabloid magazine money, a book deal or become the host of my own talk show.
But, if there was potential for a long lasting relationship with any of the above, disregard the previous sentence. For the sake of love and all that.
Would you adopt Rosey Perez’s speaking voice if it meant you could sing like Adele?
No, but if I was given the ability to create a unique and distinct voice that produced the amount of accolades and recognition that Adele received, then I would. There will never be another Adele.
I would just sing everything. You ever see Whitney Houston’s reality show, she sang all the time.
Would you sleep with a rat in your bed every night for a month to have the ability to fly?
No, I don’t do rats under any circumstance. And, who would want the ability to fly? Do you realize how dangerous it would be? You would have to compete with planes and birds and the occasional pterodactyl. It could happen. If humans can fly, dinosaurs can return. Having an effective communication system would be your biggest concern. You don’t want the Air Force thinking you are an enemy bogey and shooting you down every day. That could get annoying.
Would you vajazzle your frenemy’s hoo-ha to have anything you want from Tiffany?
This one was hard for me. I can’t think of any circumstance where I would want to be near anyone’s hoo-ha except my own, but I do love Tiffany. Now if we are talk sterling silver infinity charm, no. If we are talking white gold channel set 4 carat diamond ring, I won’t lie, I would consider it. I love diamonds.
Would you give up sex to be able to eat everything you wanted yet magically be thin?
No way in hell. And, why the hell would you want to?
Would you give up your sense of taste for the ability to read peoples minds?
This one is easy for me. Like all of the super power questions, I don’t want that kind of pressure, or responsibility. Just think of the all the crazy stuff that goes on in your own mind. Then, compare that to the stuff you actually put out in the word. Yeah, there are some things I just don’ t need to know.
And, if I slept with Chef Voltaggio and gave up a year of my life, I would at least want to taste the breakfast he would prepare for me the next day.
Would you get a face tattoo for five million?
I would get a face tattoo for 100,000 dollars. Anyone want to start a collection?
Would you give up your memory of the last five years if you knew the next five would rock?
This questions was the most interesting to me because I have been in China for 5 years. While I have had some good experiences, it hasn’t been the best time of my life. It hasn’t been the life I wanted to live.
On the other hand, I wouldn’t want to give up the lessons I have learned over the last 5 years. The biggest lesson is that I will never put myself in a situation where I would even consider this type of choice.
The goal going forward is to create a life that I want to live.
So, would you give up a year of your life to sleep with Ryan Gosling or Jennifer Aniston? Is there any time in your life you would consider giving up?
Photos courtesy of Tiffany.com, Food & Wine Magazine.com & IMDb.com.