My friend LT Getty has challenged me to do a 777 on one of my works. The idea is to go to page 7 (or 77) of a work-in-progress, go down 7 lines, and copy the next 7 sentences. Below is what I came up with. If you’re also an author, do the challenge and give me a link so I can read it!

777 Challenge – Saving Foxwood


“Why are we beginning with the coats?”

“I consider that too ridiculous a question to deserve an answer.”

Julian did not answer it, either, so Nick accepted that he would be basing his wardrobe on his coats. Until now, the only thought he had ever given to his coats was whether they fit and whether they were warm enough, but then, he was honest enough to admit that none of his coats had ever looked anything like Mr. Avenall’s.

They were not served by the great Mr. Weston himself, of course, but when it was seen that Mr. Avenall was the patron, they were attended to by the senior assistant and his satellites. Nick had been irritated by the way Avenall had assessed him the day before, as if he had been a horse, but the assistant, Mr. Pym, was even worse. He seemed to view Nick as nothing but a rack upon which to hang clothing.

1: What is the working title of your book(s)?
Saving Foxwood – and I think that will probably be the final title. I’ve had it since before the first page was written.

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
Hard to tell. Ideas for Regency romances are constantly floating around me, in my head, in my reading, in movies, and in real life.

3: What genre does your book come under?
Romance, specifically “sweet” Regency romance.

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I had some specific actors in mind for most of these characters, most British, at least one American, and I’d love to see those actors and actresses portray my characters, but I won’t mention who they are. My readers should be able to see the characters as their own imaginations paint them, not be limited by what they believe I meant.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A young, aristocratic widow marries a man of lower rank – a Cit, in fact – in order to save her beloved home from being sold for her deceased father’s gaming debts.

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
When it’s done (it’s in the final editing stage), I’ll be sending it to the publisher of my other Regency romances.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Two months. One month was Nano 2011, and I finished it in December 2011. Of course, the rewrites are taking a lot longer. To say the least.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
My inspirations are Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, but I don’t write nearly as well as either of them!

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
It started as a sort of protest. I’ve seen a lot of books (and movies based on Austen) about male aristocrats marrying lower class or impoverished women, and I wanted to turn the tables. I thought, “What if an upper-class woman married beneath her?” Then I had to spend a lot of time figuring out how that could realistically happen!

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
My hero and heroine do not have a simple, happy, peaceful marriage – otherwise there wouldn’t be a book! So I hope that my readers will be interested in their struggle to be individuals, maintain their own very different standards, and still live together.