Next Big Thing Blog Hop
Welcome to the Next Big Think Blog hop. I saw a post on an indie loop from Zoe Dawson (http://zoedawsonauthor.blogspot.com) about this blog hop and I thought the concept was intriguing, so I contacted Zoe and asked if I could be part of it. At the end of the post are links to all the other participants in this portion of the blog hop. We were all given a set of questions to answer, so it will be fun to see how other authors answer them. So here goes:
1) What is the working title of your current/next book?
The working title of my current WIP is Deadly Secrets. It’s the 3rd book in the NY State Trooper Series.
2) Where did you get the idea for that book?
I got the idea for the book while writing Book 2 in the series, Dark Water. I have this character Reece McGinn. He’s a State Trooper and I keep thinking when I was writing him in Dark Water that he wasn’t who seemed to be. That he had a secret. A secret that could potentially put everyone he has ever cared about in danger. I didn’t know what this secret was until I wrote the end of Dark Water an realized I had already planted seeds for the third book. And now, 25k words into it, I have found the idea for the 4th and final book in the series, Wanted for Murder.
3) What’s the genre of the book?
The book is a Romantic Suspense Novel, but heavy on the suspense. I have a fascination for the darker side of human nature and tend to push my characters to extremes. I like to find out what they are made of!
4) If you could pick actors to play the lead characters in your story, who would you pick?
This is always tough because often times I have a look from one person, but a personality from another character. Also, my ideas of my characters are not always what the reader pictures. I did use Val Kilmer’s character in Thunderheat as a placeholder in away for Reece.
Here is a storyboard, dealing mostly with setting, on the first book in the series, In Two Weeks.
5) How would you describe your book in one sentence (10 words or less)?
What if the past you thought had been erased has been rewritten and now threatens to erase you, permanently?
5) a) How will your book be published, submitted through the traditional route to a traditional publisher or will you be handling it yourself through Indie Publishing methods?
This book will be released through my partnership with NY Times Bestselling author Bob Mayer and Cool Gus Publishing.
B. If you’re an Indie Author, will you be publishing through your own Indie Publishing Company or in a collective with other Indie Authors?
Bob and I created Cool Gus Publishing in 2010 and we currently have over 100 books and 14 authors.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of this book?
Still writing it. It generally takes me 2 months to write a draft if I’m writing full time and 4 months to edit and rewrite. I really prefer the rewriting process to draft writing.
8) What other books within your genre are similar to yours?
This is one of those questions that has always been difficult for me to answer. One of my all time favorite books is Hello, Darkness by Sandra Brown. Its one of those books that I go back to time and time again for inspiration.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I do what the voices inside my head tell me to.
Bob Mayer, my business partner, is a great source of inspiration and I often go to his teachings when I’m stuck.
10) What about your book will pique the reader’s interest?
I tend to put my hero’s in situations where they often have to do things that are out of their character. Things that might be considered bad, but I have to make them redeemable. This book is about a character who has a past in which he had to make a difficult decision, one that not everyone would understand and how it affects his present position as a New York State Trooper and his relationship with a women who believes that things are simply black and white…or are they?
What I want to know is what about any book pique’s the reader’s interest? What are you looking for in a book and what makes you decide to pick it up? Anyone who comments on the blog over the next couple of weeks will be put into a drawing for an autographed copy of In Two Weeks. You have to be in the US/Canada for the physical copy, but I’ll also giveaway an eBook edition to those outside the US/Canada.