Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Welcome to this blog hop. What is a blog hop? It’s a virtual event that helps readers discover new authors. The first author tags five others (I could only come up with two who hadn’t done this already) whose work he or she admires, who each tag five more, who each tag five more, and so on. If you’re reading this, then the world did not, in fact, end on December 21st, which leaves you another millennia or so of reading pleasure. Why not start with the authors listed below?

The writers I’ve tagged and I will each answer, on our respective blogs, the same 10 (predetermined) questions ranging from our current works in progress to our writing processes and beyond. I hope you’ll enjoy learning about our work. Please feel free to share comments and questions. I’d love to hear from you. I’ll even answer back.

Now, here is my Next Big Thing!

1: What is the working title of your book?

It’s called Cries of the Lost, and it’s the sequel to Dead Anyway, which has made the “Best Of” lists for 2012 of Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and the Boston Globe.

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

I had intended Dead Anyway to be a stand alone, so gave no thought to a sequel until I got near the end, and then it struck me I could improve the plot and have a spring board for the next book.

My character’s (Arthur Cathcart) late wife was Chilean. My son’s grandmother on his mother’s side is a Basque who fled Spain during the Spanish Civil War with her father, who was a gun maker and supporter of the losing Republican cause. They ended up in Nicaragua, but later ran afoul of the Samosa regime.

My mother was partly raised by an uncle who was also Basque. So, I still didn’t have a plot, but I had some inspiration.

3: What genre does your book come under?

Mystery/thriller, though this one will be more thriller than mystery, unlike the first one.

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

Christian Bale as he played Dicky Eklund in “the Fighter”. You could fatten him up for the first scene, then his gaunt intensity would work well for the bulk of the story. You’d just have to ugly him up a little. For Natsumi, who knows? I love Lucy Lin, but she’s Chinese.

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

(Semi spoiler alert) Arthur’s late wife embezzled a bunch of money, which got her killed. Arthur triumphed over the killers, but had no idea why she did what she did. That’s the central mystery of Cries of the Lost.

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

Dead Anyway and Cries of the Lost are published by The Permanent Press, a fiercely independent publisher.

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

It will take a year, as did the first book. I’ve been writing two books a year, but this new series is research-intensive and I still have that lively day job.

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

I honestly have no idea. I guess it as the hallmarks of any international thriller, but it’s way quirkier than that usual stuff. When I get it done, I guess I’ll find out.

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

My publisher Marty Shepard said he really wanted a sequel. I said okay before I had any idea what it could be about, so then my inspiration became fear.

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

If you have any interest in the Basque people or the history of Spain and Chile, or stories that hop-scotch around the world, there’s some stuff in there for you.

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 WIPs and New Releases! Happy Writing and Reading!

1. Sara J. Henry

2. Tom Schreck

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