I’d like to thank author, Martin Crosbie of www.martincrosbie.com for tagging me in the Next Big Thing Blog tour. Because I did the interview last week on my own novel I am going to feature Linda Lee Greene on my blog today. Linda is the author of the recently released novel, Guardians and Other Angels. Her work in progress is Bussy Gaffin and His Champion Roosters.

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[title color=”blue-vibrant” align=”scmgccenter” font=”arial” style=”normal” size=”scmgc-1em”]The Next Big Thing Blog Hop with Linda Lee Greene author of Bussy Gaffin and His Champion Roosters[/title]

What is the working title of your book?

The title of my book is Bussy Gaffin and His Champion Roosters.  I would categorize it as a novella because with text and illustrations it will comprise no more than 50 pages.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

The story is taken from an excerpt of my latest novel, Guardians and Other Angels.  Bussy is one of the children of the Gaffin family that forms the heart of the novel.  The link to the novel is http://www.amazon.com/Guardians-Other-Angels-Linda-Greene/dp/1897512562/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338336762&sr=8-1

What genre does your book fall under?

The story will appeal to children and young people from ages seven to fourteen or fifteen.  I don’t know the cut-off age for considering a children’s story something more adult.

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

I’m not up on young actors of today, but if I could go back in time, Ron Howard as an older Opie in the Andy Griffith Show would be ideal to play Bussy Gaffin.  This is a story based on history, and the real Bussy had red hair and freckles like Ron Howard.  Bussy was a sickly boy, however—the victim of a chronic lung disease.  Therefore he was thinner than Ron Howard was as a boy.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

An incident in the chicken population of his family’s farm makes twelve-year-old Bussy Gaffin too mad too quickly, and because he doesn’t take time out to cool down, he does something that he later wishes he hadn’t done.

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

It will be published by Saga Books Publishing, the same publisher of Guardians and Other Angels, and of my first novel, Jesus Gandhi Oma Mae Adams, co-authored with Debra Shiveley Welch.

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

At the most, it took five or six hours to adapt the excerpt of Guardians and Other Angels to a young reader’s format for Bussy Gaffin and His Champion Roosters.  The rest of the story came quickly.  I would guess that it took me three or four Fridays to complete the entire manuscript.  I work part-time as an interior designer, but am off on Fridays.  It is my most productive writing day.  Typically, I am at my computer before the sun rises and I work until my eyes glaze over from fatigue—normally at about 5 pm.

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

Bussy Gaffin and His Champion Roosters takes place on a farm in Southern Ohio, USA and the farm animals play principle roles in the story.  As a matter of fact, Bussy’s champion rooster, Tarzan hails from a family of four, and his oldest sister, Henrietta the Hen narrates this touching and substantial human story from the point of view of the animals.  I think it would rest well on a shelf with the beloved Beatrix Potter stories and E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web.  Aesop’s Fables come to mind, as well, because as in the fables there is an ethical quality to my novella whereby Bussy learns the hard life lesson of cause and effect.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

During the time that I wrote Guardians and Other Angels, I fell in love with Bussy Gaffin.  Of course, I fell in love with all of my characters in that novel, but Bussy emerged as my favorite.  And as with anyone with whom we fall deeply, utterly in love, we want to know more about him/her.  I will continue to write about Bussy as long as he responds to that need in me and whispers his story into my mind’s ear.  Perhaps this novella will satisfy that need—perhaps not.  I will follow Bussy’s lead.

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

Bussy Gaffin and His Champion Roosters is set in the year of 1938 when America, like the entire civilized world, was in the throes of the Great Depression.  It was also in a time before the discovery of penicillin, the medication that would have been the cure for Bussy’s lung disease.  Much of my novel, Guardians and Other Angels from which this novella is taken, is centered on Bussy’s heroic efforts to live as normal a life as possible given his disability, as well as to do his part of the enormous workload on the family farm.  This novella focuses on the one enterprise on the farm whereby Bussy was able to excel:  his job was to care for the chickens.  In this way, he established his inviolable place in his family, and also built and maintained his self esteem.

I am also very proud of the fact that my dear friend and one of my favorite artists, Edith D. Wadkins is doing the illustrations for Bussy Gaffin and His Champion Roosters.  Edith and I are fellow members of the Grove City (Ohio) Arts Council and as such have participated in several joint art shows.  In addition to being a fine artist, Edith is a scenic designer for the most prestigious theater groups in our city.  I had considered doing the illustrations myself, but I just couldn’t fit it into my schedule.  Besides, I think that Edith’s artistic perspective adds a special quality to the novella.  If you type Edith Dinger Wadkins into your search engine, you will find her impressive resumé as a set designer.  Do yourselves a favor and take a look at some of her fine art as well at http://edithdwadkins.carbonmade.com.

Bussy Gaffin and His Champion Roosters isn’t featured on my website yet because I received the cover art from Edith just last week.  This is the preliminary art for the cover.  The final art will be close to this one—the same layout, but more colorful and more defined.

To read excerpts of my current, as well as my other future books, I invite you to log onto www.booksbylindaleegreene.gallery-llgreene.com.  If you would like to have a look at some of my artwork, please log onto www.gallery-llgreene.com.

Thank you, Kim Emerson for inviting me to participate on your blog, and thank all of you for stopping by to visit me.

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Today I am tagging the following authors. Have fun!

Rebeka Wolfveire   http://rebekahwolveire.wordpress.com/

RaeAnne Hadley      www.raeannehadleyromance.wordpress.com

Stephanie Ayers      Http://frommywriteside.wordpress.com

Stephen Ormsby    http://ideascaptured.com/blog

Stephanie Brown Myers   www.stephiemyers.wordpress.com