Last week, BJ Taylor was kind enough to tag me for the blog hop tour.  That means I have to answer the following ten questions about one of my books, and I’ve chosen my next book, THE OFFERING, which will release in the summer of 2013.

 Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:

What is the working title of your book?  THE OFFERING. And that’s actually the final title. 🙂

Where did the idea come from for the book?  My agent. I’ve always been keenly interested in life issues, and she had an interest in surrogacy, especially the rise of surrogacy among military wives. We discussed the idea, and a book was born.

What genre does your book fall under?  Women’s fiction, definitely. It’s not a romance, though there are certainly some romantic moments.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?  
Goodness, hadn’t thought of that. And you know, all my favorite actors are too old to play these roles. All the new

young blonde actresses look alike to me.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?  While searching for a way to help support her young family, a young mother decides to be a gestational carrier for a childless couple, not

realizing how the decision will impact the rest of her life.

I can even give you back cover copy (or something close to it):

While searching for a way to help support her young family, Amanda Lisandra decides to act as a gestational carrier for a childless couple. After she finally establishes a pregnancy with another couple’s embryo, her soldier husband is killed on a special forces mission. Devastated by grief, she surrenders the child she was carrying and struggles to regain her emotional equilibrium.

Two years later she studies a photograph of the child she bore and wonders if the unthinkable has happened—could she have given birth to her own biological child and inadvertently given him away? Over the next few months Amanda struggles to decide between the desires of her grief-stricken heart and what’s best for the little boy she has never known.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?  It will be published by Howard Publishing.


How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?  About a month, I think. The entire book took about four or five months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?  Anything by Jodi Picoult. She writes similar ‘family crisis’ stories.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?  As I mentioned before, my agent handed me the idea on the proverbial silver platter.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
 In the course of the story, the book deals with adoption, IVF pregnancies, and surrogacies–and ethical complications can easily arise during these situations.  The couple who investigates any of these options needs to do some research to understand the big picture and the ethics involved.


Thanks for stopping by on the blog hop tour!  Next week, January 2nd, be sure to check out these fine authors:

James L. Rubart

Steve Rzasa:   and

Maureen Lang




  1. B.J. Taylor

    Angie, what a great storyline! I can’t wait to read the book. Summer of 2013 is WAY too far away! Please remind all of us when the book comes out. I’m first on the list to buy a copy. B.J.

  2. Kathy Mackel

    I can’t wait for this one!

  3. Mocha with Linda

    Oh my. I missed this last week and am so glad I came back and caught this! This sounds amazing–and heart-wrenching! I know it will be phenomenal.

    I would say I can’t wait, but since the summer will mean sending my baby girl off to college, I’m willing to be patient! LOL

    Happy New Year!



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