So this was made official yesterday:
Megan Frampton writing as Megan Caldwell’s VANITY FARE, about a 40-year-old Brooklyn mother, recently divorced with a son, who starts writing copy for a bakery, discovers a knack for food-related literary puns, and becomes entangle in a love triangle, to Wendy Lee at William Morrow, in a nice deal, by Louise Fury at L. Perkins Agency (World).
And it was inspired, surprisingly, by that mid-nineteenth century (in)famous classic, Wuthering Heights. I have a friend, an old friend from high school, who comes over every so often to watch period dramas and drink wine. One evening we chose Wuthering Heights, starring Laurence Olivier. I was in midst pour when I said, “Hey, how about Mothering Heights?”
And the idea for the book was born.
I then giggled a lot, told a few people–including an acquaintance of mine, a literary agent–and they all said, “Wow! You have to write that!” The literary agent was very enthused, which gave me impetus to go on.
Then I employed the Carolyn Jewel method: The “What If?” application.
What if my husband left me?
What if I had to do something to make money?
What if I met a few good-looking men?
What if I had to do things I wouldn’t do in a million years?
I started writing. The book was originally titled Mothering Heights, but we changed it as we got closer to a deal.
So in about a year, a trade paperback will come out, all started by some wine, a good friend, and my ability to rhyme.