The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Hey guys, little change of pace this week. Doing a blog hop and answering some questions about my newest work. Enjoy!

So, 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 my books and links to four other authors you can explore!

My gratitude to fellow author, Adrienne deWolfe, for inviting me to participate in this event.  You can click the following links to learn more about Adrienne and her books.

Her Next Big Thing:

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In this blog hop, my fellow authors and I, in our respective blogs, have answered ten questions about our current 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!

Q: What is the title of your upcoming release?

A: The title is Singularity, the cover is at the top of the page. It will go live on Tuesday, January 29th.

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

A: The idea for the book came right after I finished Lineage, my first novel. The area in which I live in was struck by a monumental downpour that created flash floods in several towns and cities, especially the neighboring city of Duluth. The idea for the story spawned from hearing about another town called Moose Lake and a prison that is nearby. The town itself was surrounded by water and when I heard about it I wondered what would happen if the prison instead of the town was cut off, and Singularity was born. 

Q: What genre does your book come under?

A: The genre doesn't fall in one specific category but in several. This story is a police procedural, has elements of horror, and takes the fast pace of a thriller all in one. I think that by blending genres an author can create a more satisfying story that touches on many levels. 

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

A: Wow. If I had to pick I would probably choose Clive Owen to play the lead character of Sullivan Shale and Dean Norris from Breaking Bad to play his partner Barry Stevens.

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

A: A haunted BCA agent travels to an isolated prison during a torrential downpour to investigate a horrendous murder of one of the inmates.

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

A: It is self-published.

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

A: The first draft took about four months to produce writing in the evenings and on weekends.

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

A: My beta readers have compared it to Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane and Pines by Blake Crouch.

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

A: I was basically inspired by the idea of the setting: a prison surrounded by a flood in which the water is rising higher and higher. Other than that the thought of writing a creepy police procedural was very enticing and it turned out to be a lot of fun.

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

A: This is truly for fans of police procedurals and horror fans. Once the stage is set the action and sequences are pretty much non-stop until the end. I think anyone who likes a fast paced thriller with touches of horror will really enjoy it.  

Below you will find authors who will be joining me virtually, via blog, next Wednesday. Please be sure to bookmark their sites, and add them to your calendars for updates on their upcoming books!  Happy Writing and Reading!

Thanks very much for everyone stopping by!