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The Next Big Thing

I’ve been tagged in The Next Big Thing by fellow writer Moira McPartlin. Her first novel, The Incomers, was shortlisted for The Saltire Society First Book of the Year 2012. I read the Incomers and thoroughly enjoyed it. It brought back many memories of me coming to Britain for the first time.

When I was tagged I didn’t know what NBT was about. Moira explained that it was a great way to connect with other bloggers and writers. So I thought I’d have a go at it.

I’m asked by Moira to tell you all about my next book by answering these questions and then I tag some other authors to talk about their Next Big Thing.


What is the working title of your next book?
 Mongol. IMG_2368
Where did the idea come from for the book?

The first ever idea came to me when our son Billy was in the intensive care unit in a hospital a few days before he passed away. I was watching him and I had this urge and determination to stand up for all the struggles we went through to make him better and healthier. He was a little hero in his mother’s eyes.

After he passed away I started writing this blog for and to Billy. 

What genre does your book fall under?

Non-fiction. Memoir.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Ewan Mcgregor
Ewan Mcgregor
Photo: Nicogenin

I often joke with my husband that his role would be played by Ewan McGregor. He teases me suggesting David Tennant or James McAvoy.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Uuganaa, who grew up in a yurt living a nomadic life eating marmot meat and distilling vodka from yogurt in Mongolia ends up in Britain and gives birth to a disabled son who becomes a symbol of union and disunion; cultures and complexity; stigmas and prejudices; and religions and superstitions.

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

I’ve got a publisher (Yeah!) and in the process of finding an agent.

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

A couple of years.

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

There are many themes going on.  I suppose it is a combination of The Good Women Of China: Hidden Voices by Xinran (2003,) Hearing Birds Fly By: A Year In A Mongolian Village by Louisa Waugh (2003) and Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert (2007.)

Who or What inspired you to write this book?


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

Although the book sounds dark, I hope that my childhood and journey to Britain is an entertaining read. I think the adventure story mixed with the controversial title Mongol with a double meaning will attract readers.


Here are some fab authors I’ve tagged to tell you about their Next Big Thing …

Sue Reid Sexton

Sue lives in Glasgow. She is the author of Mavis’s Shoe, a novel about the Clydebank Blitz. She also writes plays, poetry, short stories, runs writing workshops and edits other people’s work.

Michael Malone

Michael lives in Ayrshire. He is the author of crime novel Blood Tears and non-fiction book Carnegie’s Call. Michael’s blog May Contain Nuts is full of interesting posts including interviews with authors.

Vikki Gemmell

She is a Scottish writer of short stories and novels. Vikki loves art and film too. We have known each other since we did our postgraduate degree together in 2006. Vikki’s young adult novel won a trophy from the Scottish Association of Writers’ Conference. She writes her blog Through The Looking Glass on her creative world.


She is Mexican-Irish-French and speaks English, Spanish,  French, Papiamentu, and Dutch. Guilie lives on a 150K-inhabitant island called Antilles, Netherlands. Her blog Quiet Laughter is a great blog with rich cross cultural content and extremely well organised and kept entries.

Sue Uden

Sue lives in West Sussex and writes her blog A Writer’s Life. She has published some freelance articles and short stories. Her novel Dear Dee is a work of fiction founded on some very large chunks of fact.  Some of the characters are heavily based on real people and some are totally fictitious.



2 responses to “The Next Big Thing”

  1. Vikki Gemmell avatar
    Vikki Gemmell

    Well done on getting a publisher for your book, Uuganaa! Really looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the Next Big Thing tag – I might do a slight variation of the questions on here for a post… Hope 2013 is a great one for you!! xx


    1. Thanks Vikki for visiting. You are welcome, I think your book titles are great and I look forward to reading the books. Best of luck.


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