The Next Big Thing

June 6, 2013 at 6:46 pm 3 comments


Today I’m hosting the Next Big Thing Blog Campaign, which originated in Australia, and is now international.  From picture books to YA, authors and illustrators answer questions about their recently published books or those soon to release.  Each nominated author then “tags” the next authors to participate, like a big fun game of “You’re it.” You’ll find out who’s next when you get to the end.

What is the working title of your next book?

My publisher is considering my next holiday whodunit picture book.  So I’d like to talk about my recent release “Tallie’s Christmas Lights Surprise! A Holiday Whodunit.”

Where did the idea come from for the book?

One day in March, there was a news segment about a woman whose holiday lights had been taken.  She thought it was an angry neighbor, since it was March, and decided to investigate by hiding behind a bush with a camera, after she’d replaced the lights.  When they flashed the culprit across the screen, I knew I had to turn the gist of the story into a picture book, where readers discover the clues along with Tallie.

What genre does your book fall under?

Picture book holiday whodunit.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Love this intriguing question… hmmm.  The little girl, Clara, who played Tallie in my book trailer, was the best casting ever..  She was smart, cute and precocious– all of Tallie’s traits. See the video for yourself on Youtube on my web site Now, for Fuego, her puppy, well, that was my Kiki, all along. Mr. Mailman might be Cliff, on “Cheers.”

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Tallie’s Christmas is turning crummy–somebody swiped her candy cane lights!

Who is publishing your book?

Pelican Publishing

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

The first draft, and keep in mind this was very different than the final story, took about a month.  Several rough dummies and about ten or twelve versions later, it was finally nearing the final revision stages, about a year process total.

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

She’s a young Nancy Drew and Fancy Nancy, rolled into one.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I’m nuts about mysteries (and some may say I’m just nuts.  Which is fine by me because you need to be a little nuts to truly be creative).  I wanted to introduce the very young to the mystery genre and the fun of clue-solving, wrapped in a warm-hearted holiday story.

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

The story is a gentle message about selfless giving and can be read and appreciated anytime.

Next up on the Next Big Thing…  Eunice Boeve, June 20, 2013

Eunice Boeve grew up in Montana and Idaho but has lived in Kansas most of her adult life.  She began writing in her late forties and has authored five middle grade historical fiction books and two adult westerns as well various short stories and articles. Her books have won several awards including Kansas Notable book award, Kansas Reading Circle, Kansas Author’s Club Coffin Award, and KART.Image




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  • 1. Penny Berman  |  June 9, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Fantastic! I love the book, and I love the way you came up with the idea. Such a great concept. Kids and adults will enjoy unraveling these mysteries together. I can’t wait to read the rest of your delightful holiday whodunits!


  • 2. Eunice Boeve  |  June 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Elaine, I got my Next Big Thing posted on my blog in time, but it was a race to the finish. Thanks for tagging me. I love your description of wriitng your picture book. I do love picture books and used to read tons of them when my kids & grandjkids were small. I’d love to do one, but they are tough to do, so few words and so much has to be conveyed in those few words. Periodically I work on one about my dad, but I can never get it right. Maybe some day. 🙂


    • 3. Elaine Pease  |  June 23, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      Hi Eunice, I’d love to see your blog for The Next big Thing so please send the link. Thanks. Elaine

      Elaine Pease, Children’s Author Tallie’s Christmas Lights Surprise (New Picture Book Oct., 2012, Pelican Pub.) WATCH THE TRAILER:

      Ghost Over Boulder Creek (2011 First Place CIPA EVVY Award for Juvenile Fiction) I”ll Never Leave Even Sharks Need Friends



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