Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Next Big Thing

I've been avoiding this post because it's like a chain letter but I guess I'd better do it since the festivities have ended.

Jenn J McLeod tagged me in The Next Big Thing, which was good because I became part of a crazy group. Not sure what that means yet, but with Jenn, it could be anything! It led to the Next Bog Thing, which was fun.

The others tagged to do this are Lily Malone, Kerrie Paterson and Allison Tait.

So here I go:

Cate Ellink’s Next Big Thing

1) What is the working title of your current/next book?
I’m so bad with titles. I don’t like creating them and so I don’t worry if it doesn’t have one right until the end. So this one was called the theme, and now I’ve finished is called “Deep Diving”.

2) Where did the idea come from?
Hmm… should I tell the truth? It’s kind of convoluted. Phase 1: I was sitting at the NRL Grand Final in October and having lust-filled ideas about one of the Melbourne Storm players. So I started writing this story about a girl who meets him on holidays. Phase 2: At a writers retreat a theme was discussed and since this story was in its infancy, it fitted the theme. Phase 3: I was struggling with motivation and a friend helped me out big time - motivation and final scene nailed.

3) What genre does your book fall under?
Erotic definitely. Romance too because it has a Happy For Now ending.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Well, the hero would have to be the Melbourne Storm player in question - even if he isn’t an actor. Although, Dean (Jensen Ackles) from Supernatural could be a close second.

The heroine, hmmm, she’s played by the reader. I just don’t get a good picture of my heroines. She’s fit, tanned, a triathlete, with curly hair. Is that any help?

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Cooper and Samantha are paired up as dive buddies and he’s the best she’s had so when he wants to take it to bed buddies, she’s determined to make sure she’s different to every girl he’s had before.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I hope it will be picked up by a publisher.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft?
It’s been 3 months since I started and it’s with my critique partners now (it’s 20K). The writing part is fast, the re-writing and self-editing is slow. I just hope it doesn’t need much more!

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
It’s like lots of erotic books - steamy sex between two consenting adults, who may or may not fall in love!

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
RWA erotic romance writers inspired part of this book, a very sexy Melbourne Storm player and a great friend inspired the rest.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?
It’s set on Lord Howe Island, which is the most incredible place, in the water and out. In the water the snorkelling is as good as the diving. My first trip there, except for sleeping, I lived in the water. The second trip I did more land-based activities. So I’m combining all of that beauty and adventure into this story.

Samantha is a retired Olympic triathlete who fails at nothing. By the end of the story, she’s confronted with a sex act she knows she can’t do but with Cooper, she can’t afford to fail. Will she be able to overcome her fears?


  1. Lord Howe yes - what a great setting. Am intrigued by the 'sex act she knows she can't do'!

  2. Lordy gee - I am intrigued too Ainslie! I also wish I could sum up those one-sentence synopsis(es?) half so well!
    Good on you Ms Ellink, I woke up thinking about TNBT too - I asked our illustrious leader what our schedule was, because I'd lost what Jenn sent us and I didn't know when it was my turn. She told me she had no idea of the schedule - that was "So Last Year" (quote/unquote)...
    Good luck with Deep Diving. (I must say, another name springs to mind...) :)

    1. What's the other name, Lily? I'm intrigued!

      Oh, TNBT has been eating at me (you know, at that guilt gene). I forgot the schedule but decided I'd sleep better if I did it! I imagined Jenn coming to grab me in my sleep :)

      Cate xo

    2. Uh Oh. I knew that comment would land me in hot water. I'll have to save it till I see you in person one of these days. Maybe a conference coming up!

    3. YOu guys are a hoot! I am such a slacker. I only just found this post lost in my Facebook timeline thingy (that's a technical term). Okay - off to flog! PS Cate, another terrific sounding book. Can't wait to see acover as I LOVED you last one.

  3. Sounds like a good story idea, Cate, can't wait to read it.