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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

WIP Wednesday and The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

So today is the Next Big Thing Blog Hop!

What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way for readers to discover authors new to them.  I hope you'll find new-to-you authors whose works you enjoy.  On this stop on the blog hop, you'll find a bit of information on me and one of the books I am working on plus links to other authors you can explore.

My gratitude to my literary agent and fellow author Barbara Casey for inviting me to participate in this event.  You can click the following link to learn more about Barbara and her work.  Website:

In this blog hop, I and my fellow authors, in their respective blogs, have answered ten questions about our book or work-in--progress (giving you a sneak peek).  We've also included some behind-the-scenes information about how and why we write what we write--the characters, inspirations, plotting and other choices we make. I hope you enjoy it!

Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions. Here is my Next Big Thing!

1: What is the working title of your book? 
The Pendulum Files

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

During the last presidential election, one party claimed the other party was orchestrating international crises in order to advance their platform. As desperate as it sounded on the news at the time, I began thinking through the concept of what would be involved in actually going down that road to make the candidate look better to the general population.

3. What genre does your book come under?

Suspense/thriller. This one is part of the Black Swamp Mysteries series. It’s the fifth one in the series and definitely has an international flavor.

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

Amy Adams would be terrific as Vicki Boyd, Lindsay Lohan as bad-girl Brenda Carnegie and Eduardo Verastegui has the appearance of Dylan Maguire; I wonder if he can do an Irish accent?

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Psychic spy Vicki Boyd joins forces with CIA operative Dylan Maguire to investigate a series of bombings targeting Americans, but what they find will shake the United States Government to its core and threaten its future.

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

This book will be published by Drake Valley Press and I’m very proud to have Barbara Casey of the Barbara Casey Literary Agency as my literary agent.

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

This is a work in progress so it isn’t quite finished but I have scheduled about four months to write the book from the first concept to the final edited manuscript. The time I set aside is based on how long it’s taken me to write my last four books.

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

This is a unique plot and a varied cast of characters so it really doesn’t bear any resemblance to any other story of which I am aware.

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

This is the fifth book in the Black Swamp Mysteries series so I knew it would bring the same cast of characters forward into a new adventure. I like international intrigue and a James Bond or Jason Bourne type of adventure/suspense, and this book provides that.

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

The Black Swamp Mysteries series has been doing quite well. The second book in the series, Vicki’s Key, was a finalist in the 2012 International Book Awards and also the 2012 USA Best Book Awards. The third book, Secrets of a Dangerous Woman, is an IPPY Award nominee, and there’s buzz about the fourth book, Dylan’s Song.

11: Why are you so much better-looking in person than in your photo?

Because you weren’t wearing your glasses when you saw me in person?

Who’s next on the NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP?

So glad you asked!

Below you will find authors who will be joining me by blog, next Wednesday. Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on Works in Progress and New Releases! Happy Writing and Reading!

Abyrne Mostyn:
Christie Silvers’ blog: 
Bonnie Watson’s blog: