Friday, April 1, 2011

We Have Pictures!

As some of you know, Herself, my esteemed editor, and I have been going round and round about what book I should write next. Of course, I could write anything I felt like and then hope that Ann, my esteemed agent, could sell it. But I keep hoping to tantalize Herself into offering me a contract. 

I want to write a kind of multi-generational story, set in Marshall County and beginning around the time of the Civil War --which was especially uncivil in these parts
Think Gone With the Wind    meets Cold Mountain.
Lots of romance, lots of lush scenery and period dialog, lots of fascinating characters.... I think it could be really good.

But in today's skittish publishing climate, They want something more, something that would really get people's attention. So...
What if I make some of the main characters vampires?
   
We could call it The Wind on Blood Mountain . . .
What day is it? Oh, yes, April 1.




26 comments:

Vicki Lane said...

Hooray!

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

Vicki -- I rather like the Dracula approach -- folks seem to like scary books -- barbara

Reader Wil said...

I am looking forward to reading all your new books! I read "Gone with the Wind" and right after that " Roots".
Greater contrast was not possible!

Marilyn said...

Fantastic, I shall look forward to each and everyone of these books ;-)
You are the first person that has made a special posting for 1st April.
So pleased that you are back on board again.

Victoria said...

Gosh darn it, Vicki, you got me again! I believe this is the third year in a row that you sucked me in on April Fools Day.

I'm glad you have pictures again! I've been having trouble too, but, thankfully, not involving pictures. Uh oh...I shouldn't have said that...

jennyfreckles said...

Welcome back - I think your April Fool trap came early, courtesy of Blogger.

Desiree said...

I'm on high alert today! So, I was already for any April Fool's ploys...as soon as I saw the Vampire, I knew you were having us on!

Marvellous to see you're up and running on full steam again, Vicki! The only disadvantage is we won't get to hear you sing again, I suppose! :)

Desiree said...

OOOPS! That should read, 'I'm all ready!'

Miss_Yves said...

Funny !
I was already imagining Clark Gable biting Vivien Leigh!
(But the title choosen would have been a very good one !)

Brian Miller said...

hehe...i think this will make a fine series....i love april fools too...

June said...

"...Gone With the Wind meets Cold Mountain..."
I'D read it!

Jean Baardsen said...

Glad to see you have pictures again! Did you ever find out what was causing the problem?

dannie said...

You really had me going! Actually we aren't that far from Transyvania-county-that is.

Vicki Lane said...

GONE WITH THE WIND and ROOTS -- quite a combo, Wil!

Mother Nature hit us with her on little April Fool's joke this morning -- a light frosting of snow on everything.

Deanna said...

Yea! You have pictures.

Considering the options... I sure hope you get your way ;)

Gone With the Wind meets Cold Mountain would certainly catch a reader's attention.

Have a great weekend. They are promising that we will see sunshine (yea!) and I have grandkids coming (yea!) Life is good.

dana said...

I am "book hungry" and, surprisingly there seems to be no bookstores near Hernando, Florida. I ended up "perusing" three shelves at Walmart and everything was vampire related or YA. My manuscript stands zero chance unless I throw a blood sucker into the hills of Indiana, and a bat won't sell it. HILLS OF BLOOD doesn't fit for a title, not with my dear, sweet Nelda as my protagonist.

marĂ­a cecilia said...

Good you solved the images problem!!

I love reading books with lots of romance and long family history... perhaps you could write a chapter with tsunamies and earthquakes, sorry to say this but there are so many uplifting stories from these tragedies in chile and japan... like the last Clint Eastwood´s movie where there is a tsunami too....
hugs my dear Vicki

NCmountainwoman said...

Pat Conroy's new book indicates that he was greatly influenced by GWTW so I decided to read it again. I was a teen when I read it the first time and with this reading I recognized that it is indeed Pulitzer material.

I think a book about the Civil War in western NC would be a GREAT idea. You already know the mixed feelings and horrendous neighbor against neighbor stories. Go for it.

Glad the vampire idea is an April Fool's joke. It is, isn't it? Please...

Star said...

Those pictures were worth waiting for Vicki~
I think the vampire theme is very strong at the moment but is it overdone? I don't know. I like your Elizabeth. I'm looking forward to picking up where I left off when I get back to England next week.

Friko said...

There you are then, the bloodier the better.
But what will Elizabeth do in the meantime?
Wait for next April 1st before she gets her revenge?

Brenda said...

Glad you triumphed over blogger in time for April Fools Day. That was a good one. I think you should write it!

Martin H. said...

Good one, Vicki! I'm sure, whatever you write next will be a class act.

JJM said...

Wind on Blood Mountain ... [whimper]

I'd buy it, because you wrote it.

I'd read it, because you wrote it.

But ... lord love a duck, wasn't Scahlett enough of a vamp without giving her fangs?? Fiddle-de-dee!

[chuckle]

Mario

Vicki Lane said...

Yes -- the vampires are a joke -- and I refuse to do zombies.

I adored GWTW -- the book, not the movie -- and read it about ten times when I was a teenager. The Civil War in western NC was quite different....

Merisi said...

April Fools escaped me. Or the other way round. ;-)

I think you should write the Civil War stories. I am sure you would find a way to pull readers in without vampires (yikes, they are overdone, cooked, bloodless by now).

I could travel to NC and try to shoot a few cover pictures. *giggles*

Vagabonde said...

I saw the Poisson d’Avril right away so I was on my guards…