Monday, December 10, 2012

Blog Hop: The Next Big Thing

For this week's Blog Hop, I am pleased to introduce two sensational new authors: Genara Necos, a Dominican-American author of Literary Women's Fiction and Patricia O'Sullivan, a prolific author of Historical Fiction. Please check out Patricia's  blog hop posting for "Legend of the Dead" at
plus the four additional authors she is tagging.

But now, Genara will will be speaking about her WIP, a labor of love titled "By the Waters of the Zambezi" which sends us on a Western woman's harrowing, life-changing journey to the heart of Mugabe's Zimbabwe.

Genara, thank you for guest-hosting this weeks blog!
What is the (working title) of your book?

By the Waters of the Zambezi

Where did the idea come from for the book?
The novel is set in Zimbabwe in the 90s, when Mugabe still had good relations with the West and there was a lot of hope for Zimbabwe being a post-independence success story. I lived in Zimbabwe in the 90s and found it a heady and interesting place to live both culturally and geographically. When I returned to New York I missed Harare and the idea to write about it stemmed from a desire to reconnect with that part of my life.  That lead to my writing a love story set in Harare, the Dominican Republic and New York. 

What genre does your book fall under?
Literary romance-  The story is about a Dominican American sociologist who leaves New York after a tragedy.  Landing in Harare, where she’s free to be herself she finds love with an ex-guerrilla turned sculptor.  He seems to be the answer to all of her longings but has a hidden, violent past that could threaten their new found love. 

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I think only Idris Elba could play Farai the lead character, he’s rugged, elegant and sexy, three qualities you rarely find (simultaneously) in one man.  The female lead could be Salma Hayek because she’s intelligent, strong willed and sexy like the heroine.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
“Go the Way your Blood Beats.”  It’s a James Baldwin quote about living your passionate love despite what society expects from, and wants for, you. 
 
Farai: Not your average ex-guerilla turned sculptor.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? 
I think I will try to find an agency to represent me.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?  
It took me 10months, but I dropped it and picked it up years later. 

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Joyce Carol Oats, “Because it is Bitter, Because it is My Heart”  Zora Neale Hurston, “Their Eyes Were Watching God.”

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Zimbabwe, the land and its people inspired me to write the book and an interest in old fashioned love stories. 

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
The book is about how perfect love casts out fear, it’s about risking yourself for that man or woman because that’s what our life demands.

Thank you Genara!  We are anxiously awaiting "By the Waters of the Zambezi" to learn more about the mysteries of Zimbabwe and to find out what happens to Farai and his lady love.

Only in Zimbabwe:  A breathtaking view of Victoria Falls.



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