The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

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I was recently asked by the wonderful writer, creativity coach and artist Belinda Witzenhausen ( to take part in this Blog Hop, which started on the She Writes website

For this Blog Hop I am to answer 10 questions about my work in progress then tag another author to do the same.

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:

1. What is the working title of your book?

Right now the working title is “The Mystery of Cedar Wood Lodge”

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

I have always been a bit of a book worm and would lose myself in mystery stories for hours. After seeing the children from Toronto’s Variety Village, I thought that they too could solve mysteries with the additional skills they had to compensate for their disabilities.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

Young adult mystery

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

I haven’t really thought too much about this – as the young people in my story are physically challenged and I am not too familiar with the actors in this age group.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

The story is about a group of young teens with disabilities who are camp counsellors for a special community camp at a lodge in Northern Ontario; they end up solving a mystery at the camp by using their unique talents.

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

It is to be published by Professor Owl’s Publication Centre, a small online publisher

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

This book is still in progress, and I hope to publish early in the spring. My first draft took about two months but the changes and improvements are on-going

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

Any of the Enid Blyton’s “Secret Seven or “Five series” with the characters in the story all a little older. All of the protagonists have a disability and they solve mysteries with the special skills that they have had to master because of their handicaps.

9.    Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Over the past few years I have been following and writing about the children and staff at Toronto’s Variety Village.  It was the accomplishments that these children made in sports, etc. Many won competitions and events in spite of their illness or disability. 

10.What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

My favourite quote has always been –

When the world says, “Give up,” Hope whispers, and ‘Try it one more time.”

My main protagonist, Robin Daily as well as the other young teens with disabilities in the story are like the children at Variety Village.Everything that these children do says never give up. I would like to think that this book will give hope to all children who may or may not be disabled.

So if you’re an author and I tagged you for this Next Big Thing Blog Hop, read on. Here’s how it works….

Rules of The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Use this format for your post. Include an introduction to your interview post and a link to the person who tagged you for participation. Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress). Include some pictures if possible. Tag at least one and up to five other writers/bloggers by sending them an email and then add their links to the end of your interview post. Their answers should go up the week after. Your blog post follows a week after mine November 22nd – 29th. If you are on She Writes, you put the post up there too. Your blog post should be labeled: The Next Big Thing Blog Hop.

Here is the authors I’m tagging: Terry Gibson,  Jeannue Walker, Alica Daugherty Mills, V Kumer.

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About writingmama

Sylvia McGrath ~ AKA Writingmama, a freelance writer from King City, Ontario has worked in the business field for about forty years obtaining business management experience and business writing skills. She also spent several years in social work for Children’s Services. Now retired is living her childhood dream of being a writer. A few years ago Sylvia decided to take a course in freelance writing, which she really enjoyed as it was the key to follow her dreams. Since completing the course, she has worked as a professional writer, a published poet and co-authored a book with Two Maximum Life Coaches about living with chronic illness; this is titled After The Diagnosis: The Journey Beyond.” She also co-authored an E-Book of Resources for the parents of children with special needs, chronic illness and learning challenges titled “The Treasure Chest of Resources,” part-one has already been sent to the Canadian National Library Archives. Sylvia has also written several articles on chronic illness for the following online sites. • • • Besides working as a freelance writer, Sylvia still finds time for two other passions of hers; to volunteer as a literacy tutor for her local Learning Centre, and assist in facilitating of workshops on disability awareness. Her main mission for the future is to write a series of books for young adults and children who have learning challenges and suffer chronic illness. At present she is also the co-owner and columnist for “Professor Owl’s Newsletter” which is published on-line monthly for children.
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One Response to The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

  1. Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog for a little while today. I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as good as when I arrived. I’ll be back!

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