The Next Big Thing Writer’s Blog Hop


blog-hop-the-next-big-thingEarlier this week, Marion Clarke (of the seaviewwarrenpoint blog) tagged me for a writer’s Blog Hop called The Next Big Thing. The tagged writer then answers ten questions on their current WIP, and then tags two other writers to do the same.

While it all sounds a bit like a pyramid scheme, no one has asked for my bank account number or credit card, so I’m in. Thanks, Marion.

I nominate the following two writers, who are both passionate about their WIP: 

Luke Cameron Manion – Blue 88
Christa Simpson

I hope they play along, because they have some pretty cool stuff in the works.

Here are my responses:

1) What is the title of your next book?

a) I have two novels in the editing phase. The one I am currently working on is Find My Baby.  The other is Undertaking Hartford.

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

a) Find my Baby is loosely based on real-life experiences my wife and I had in 2001 when we adopted our son in Ukraine. I also work in IT and have cred to back up the part of the story that deal with computers, network security and viruses.

3) What genre does your project fall under?

a) It’s an epic puzzle story, delivered in three acts and twelve chapters. Find My Baby is a popcorn thriller, all the way.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

a) Brad Pitt for the MC and Angelina Jolie for his wife. If you are going to dream, dream big – and they both are certainly not new to the international adoption process. Plus, Brad Pitt looks exactly like me, don’t you think?

5) What is a one sentence synopsis of your work?

a) Zachary and Lucy Foxborne just wanted a child and they expected obstacles navigating the legal and bureaucratic maze of international adoption, but never thought Russian hackers and the translation of a six-hundred year old, arcane text would determine the outcome of their future, or the future of an innocent child.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

a) I have self-published books before and not adverse to it, Find my Baby will be represented by an agent.

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

a) I wrote the first draft (~41k words) in three days, during the 3-Day Novel Contest. It’s like Nanowrimo on steroids.

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

a) I don’t like the question, but it’s because of the answer: Anything by Dan Brown.

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

a) I had kicked the idea around for years and finally decided to write it. The 3-Day Novel Contest gave me the perfect opportunity. I spent weeks on the outline but only three days to write the first draft. Wild!

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

a) The main character, Zachary Foxborne, is an antivirus specialist and former hacker. He and Lucy fall in love with a two-year old boy in a Ukrainian orphanage, but during the adoption process, are crossed by a brilliant but cruel Russian hacker who has a bone to pick with Foxborne and manipulates his online records. The story escalates to grand proportions, with everything Foxborne and his wife care about hanging in the balance. To borrow from Lennon and McCartney, “A splendid time is guaranteed for all.”


5 thoughts on “The Next Big Thing Writer’s Blog Hop

  1. I just wanted to say thx too, for inadvertently teaching me a little lesson in blogging. You have no idea how many ping backs I’ve declined because I thought it was spam!! Sorry I deleted yours. Oopsy. 🙂 Now I know better.

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