The Next Big Thing – Blog Hop

Replacement Child - a memoir

Replacement Child – a memoir

Hop on the Blog Hop for The Next Big Thing!

Well, this is fun! And, great for those of you looking for the next big thing for your reading life. I’m proud to be able to tell you about my book coming out in March, and to spread the word about new upcoming works, and works in progress from writers I admire. Follow the blog train and I’m sure you’ll find something that will interest you now, or to look for in the future.

Thanks so much to Sande Boritz Berger for tagging me for The Next Big Thing.

Check out her blog and learn about her upcoming work at

I was also tagged by writer Karen Rider, and a big shout out to her for tagging me. I feel like the prom queen! Check her out at:

Here’s my contribution to The Next Big Thing.

What is the title of your book?

Replacement Child

What is the genre?


Where did the idea for the book come from?

The idea was in my head for most of my life, to tell the story of my family and their recovery from a tragic accident that took the life of their seven-year-old daughter and left their two-year-old critically injured. In writing it, I realized my role in that story, as a replacement for the daughter lost.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

That is such an interesting notion. I’ve thought recently that Laura Linney would make a great choice to play me as an adult. Not sure who would play that character as a child. Angelina Jolie has always been my choice to play my mother, and Stanley Tucci as my father. My husband would very much like to be played by George Clooney. Why not?!

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Replacement Child tells the true story of the aftermath of a horrifying accident: a plane crashes into a family’s home, leaving one daughter severely burned and another dead. The death of the child leaves a hole in the family that threatens to tear it apart—but in a great act of hope, the parents give birth to a “replacement child,” born to fill the painful gap.

Who is publishing Replacement Child?

Replacement Child is being published by Seal Press/Perseus and will be released on March 5, 2013. It’s available for pre-sale now!

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

Three years for the first draft, a year of revisions, plus those other forty thinking about it.

What other books would you compare this story?

I’ve heard Replacement Child compared to Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper, even though it is fiction and mine is memoir.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I was driven to write the story after my parents passed away. Their notes, newspaper clippings and letters urged me to write the book.

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

It is not only the story of recovery after the unthinkable tragedy of losing a child, but it explores the journey of the child brought into the world to heal her family, and about the complex family dynamics with her parents, her remaining sister—and in some sense, the sister she never knew.

Here are authors I’ve tagged to tell you about their Next Big Thing:

Patricia Sheehy:

Tracy Strauss:

Karen Rider:



2 Commentsto The Next Big Thing – Blog Hop

  1. The actress that could portray you as a teen: consider Dakota Fanning. She has the experience, stage presence, depth to play this type of role. As for the child actress who could portray you at age 6-8– my daughter wants to audition for the part!
    I’ll read your book in print– it will make the experience more “real” for me, Judy, than reading in e-format.

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