This week I follow Victoria Barbour, who just released Against Her Rules, set in Newfoundland, one of the loveliest places on Earth. Welcome to my corner of Romance Weekly, where we hop from blog to blog answering the same questions in different ways. Today’s round comes from Joanne Guidoccio, author of Between Land and Sea.
Scenario: A Hollywood producer is interested in your book. Can you come up with an enticing logline (plot summary of 25 words or less)?
Loglines–the obligatory evil. I like the Save The Cat logline template and have used that in the past. Right now I’m taking an online course from Margie Lawson’s school, which suggests a simpler format.
So in my WIP it’s: After drug smugglers endanger her life and cutting edge shark study, Dr. Arabella Beaumont agrees to let ex-marine Gus MacIsaac, her nemesis from her awkward teen years protect her to secure her place in the global marine scene. That’s 38 words. Sorry. Seems I can’t do it with less.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Already picked them out. Gus MacIsaac is inspired by a slighter younger Michael Fassbender tempered with Damien Lewis. And, if I could cast anyone to play Dr Arabella Beaumont it would be the inimitable Jennifer Lawrence (slightly older).
Does the storyline of your novel compare with any films out there?
Not really. The banter between my socially insecure brainiac and her proud, but wounded ex-Marine is similar to Bones and Booth, but situation is different. Gus wouldn’t act on his crush on Ara when they were young because she is his best friend’s sister. 9/11 happens and Gus enlists. 3 tours with the Marines later, he seeks her out. It’s about a second chance at love that never made it off the ground the first time, mixed with drug runners, mobsters, voodoo and sharks. Ooh. There’s another logline. And yay. 25 words.
Next up? Darling J.J.Devine. You can read her responses to these questions at this link: