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The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing


Hey, y’all! This week I’m participating in The Next Big Thing blog hop.

What’s a blog hop, you ask?

Basically, it’s when a group of authors get together and all give up the inside scoop on their current or upcoming projects. After you’ve finished mine, I’ll be sure to give you the links for a couple of cool people who will posting next Wednesday.

Big thanks to fellow author Angel Sharum for inviting me to participate in this event.

As always, talk to me in the comments section if you’re feeling chatty. Here’s my Next Big Thing!

1: What is the title of your newest book?

Agents of Deceit

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

An overactive imagination. I’m a little skittish when it comes to getting on planes. Before boarding a flight, I started wondering what would be going on around me if there was a terrorist attack on the airport. After I finished having some un-fun heart palpitations, I rephrased that lovely thought to what the FBI might be doing behind the scenes if they suspected an attack was imminent. That allowed me to get on the plane without hyperventilating…too much.

3. What genre does your book come under?

That’s a tricky one because I’m not usually known for my ability to follow genre rules. I consider it straight up Suspense, but I’ve been told it could also fit into the Romantic Suspense world. The main character in this series is a dude (a hot one), so I thought that wouldn’t quite work in the magical land of Romance.

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

That’s a great question, one that my beta readers and I have discussed occasionally. And we never agree. I’m really only sold on filling one of those slots. If Agents of Deceit were a movie, I would totally cast Matt Bomer to play Special Agent Jackson Caldwell. (He’s the guy on White Collar and he’s yummy.)

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

Ugh. I’m not good at these. For now, let’s go with: An FBI agent with problems must thwart a terrorist plot by getting close to the mysterious woman across the hall. (And if anyone has a better one-liner for this book, let’s hear it down in comments!)

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

It’s through the publishing arm of Random Distraction Books & Media, a very new indie publisher

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

Three years.

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

My editor likes to compare me to Charlaine Harris, but I’ve never read her books and this isn’t paranormal so…? If I really had to pick one book, I guess I’d maybe have to choose 1st to Die by James Patterson. If you strip away the awesome paranormal component to her books, I might be similar to some of the Bishop/Special Crimes Unit books by Kay Hooper. Yeah…I like that. Let’s just call me the non-paranormal meshing of James Patterson and Kay Hooper. If only I could figure out how to work in a bit of Edgar Allan Poe into my style then I’d be an amalgam of my faves.

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

I started writing Agents of Deceit right after I finished 1st to Die. I feel like there was also another book I was reading at the time, but it’s been so long that I just can’t remember. I could make up a cool story about dragons or ninjas maybe, but that would be a bit off topic.

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

Since I live in the DFW area and the books in this series are set here, I tried to incorporate real places whenever possible – with name changes here and there. In fact, you know Jenna Monroe’s condo where a good portion of the book takes place? Yeah, I lived there when I was writing the book.

11: Did you base any of your characters off real people?

Nope. My mother insists that I’m Jenna because her hair is brown. Um, something like half the women in the world have brown hair. Besides, mine is technically red, just a very dark red. She also insists that Jackson is based off my husband Tom because they both have blue eyes.

12: Yeah, but what about the minor characters?

I did base two characters with bit parts off real life. The cats. Buddy is my very own Bear Katt and Chloe is the one and only Kitt Katt. I only had two cats at the time, so Baby Katt didn’t get to make a cameo. But there’s time.

13: Where can I get this book that you haven’t convinced me to buy?

If you go to Amazon, you’ll be able to find it in paperback and for the Kindle. In fact, if you act between now and Saturday, March 9, you can download the ebook version for $0. (That’s FREE in spammer speak, y’all.) Here’s the link: Agents of Deceit (Undercover Series)

Sydney, where can I get more Next Big Thing Blog Hop Goodness?

So glad you asked!

Below you’ll find the authors joining me by blog next Wednesday. Be sure to check ‘em out!

Tara M. Clapper’s blog:

Rissa Watkins’ blog:

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  1. I have read this book and it was great. I would definitely say it falls into Romantic Suspense.

    I love how you were inspired. Being a writer is both a curse and a blessing with our over active imaginations.

    • Thanks!

      I just worry about classifying it as Romantic Suspense when I’m not sure the rest of the series will be a good fit. Eh…we’ll see. :)

  2. This book sounds awesome! I love suspense of all kinds. :)

    I’m one of the A-Z Minions and just wanted to stop by to say hello. I’m glad to have found your blog, it’s great to meet you and to learn about your books!

    • Good to meet you too. It’s nice to meet another suspense thriller author. It seems like everyone I meet these days is either a horror writer or an erotica writer. And I love the paranormal, so it’ll be cool to see how you worked that into yours.

      Will have to check out your A-Z posts. I like the idea of learning more about Alaska. :)

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