The Next Big Thing- Featuring Judy Duarte

Thanks for inviting me to share my version of The Next Big Thing on the RWASD Blog!

I was tagged by the fabulous Chris Marie Green!  You can find her post on The Next Big Thing here…

What is the working title for the book?

Christmas on Nutcracker Court.  The book actually came out in trade size last year, but it was just released in mass market paperback.  It has a new cover and that looks very Christmassy.


Where did the idea come from for the book?

I wanted to write a Christmas story that had kids, a big scruffy dog, a single mom who’s struggling financially and a bah-humbug sort of hero.  And I decided to set it in Fairbrook, the fictitious town that’s the setting for my Mulberry Park books.

I’d already created a neighborhood of old Victorian homes on a street called Sugar Plum Lane, so I added another–Nutcracker Court.  There the residents go all out decorating for the Christmas season.

What genre does your book fall under?

I’d consider it women’s fiction since there are 6 different point of view characters, but there’s definitely a romance.

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

Jennifer Aniston would make a great Carly.  And Gerard Butler would make a good Max.

What is a one-sentence synopsis of your book? 

Cash-strapped, single mom, Carly Westbrook has her hands full trying to pay the rent and raise two boys on her own, but she’s facing eviction this Christmas–and she doesn’t need a grouchy neighbor and his big, goofy dog making creating more stress.  But Christmas is a season for surprises, and sometimes it’s the unexpected gifts that are the most precious of all.

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

The book was published by Kensington.  It’s also represented by Karen Solem,  Spencerhill Associates, Ltd.  And just in case you’re interested, the movie rights are still available!  🙂

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

I write a detailed synopsis, which took me a month.  But I’m a third draft writer.  No first drafts for me.  The entire book took about 4 months to write.

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

Any of Debbie Macomber’s holiday-themed books.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I love Christmas stories and romance.  And the thought of adding a little Christmas magic to the mix… Well, how could I not be inspired?

Now I’m tagging some great romance writers to share their Next Big Thing!

Gina Conkle –

Janet K. Brown –

And watch the RWASD Blog for Jill Limber and Teresa Carpenter’s posts!

Thanks for the visit!

Judy Duarte

5 thoughts on “The Next Big Thing- Featuring Judy Duarte

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