Christoph Fischer (http://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/the-next-big-thing/) was kind enough to tag me in The Next Big Thing on his blog.
And in case you haven’t read his book, drop whatever you are doing and go buy, read it right away, and review it on http://www.amazon.com/Weissensteiners-Three-Nations-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00AFQC4QC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1358267567&sr=1-1&keywords=christoph+fischer
The Next Big Thing is an opportunity for authors to be noticed, to introduce other new authors and create a network of helping. Ever since I published my ebook, The Warrior, on Amazon and Smashwords in December, getting it to the attention of reviewers has been incredibly difficult, and it was far easier to connect to authors such as Christoph who took time out to not only read an review my book but give me invaluable advice.
The Next Big Thing is to pay it forward, to give to new authors the help I got from Chrisoph and others.
What is the working title of your next book?
It is tentatively titled The Brotherhood and I am still working on a firm plot and title in my mind.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
The Brotherhood will be a sequel to The Warrior and I intend to create a series based on several of the characters in The Warrior. It will hopefully have a complex, gripping plot that will engross readers.
What genre does your book fall under?
That is easy to answer. I write action thrillers, crime thrillers, adventure thrillers. I write to fill readers’ imaginations and not to win literary awards or critical reviews.
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in The Warrior, in a movie rendition?
The characters in my book are fairly complex and I hesitate to cast any current Hollywood actor for any role. After all, I certainly did not expect Tom Cruise to play Jack Reacher and neither did Lee Child initially.
What is the one sentence synopsis of The Warrior?
One person on a mission to right a wrong and nothing and no one can stop him.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Self published. I like the freedom of self publishing, though it is not an easy business. Of course if an agency throws silly money at me, why not?
How long did it take you to write the first draft of The Warrior?
It took me 8-9 months to write The Warrior and then a couple of months to edit it. It is not a big book, however given that I work in a demanding job, making time and more importantly making energy available is always a challenge.
What other books would you compare The Warrior to within your genre?
Several books by Robert Crais, especially the Joe Pike series.
Who or what inspired you to write The Warrior?
I have always been an ambitious person and have sought to go out of my comfort zone and do different things. I have also always been writing for a long time. In December 2011 my wife challenged me to come out of my comfort zone and write a book and that his how The Warrior was born. Now that I have written it, I want to pursue with writing. I like the characters I have created and want to build a series around several of the characters.
What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
The lead character is a complex character with many layers to him. He is not just a grim ‘Dolph Lundgren’ kind of grim action hero, but someone who has several facets to him and each of those facets might interest the reader.
The ending of the book will surprise the reader and keep them hooked. hopefully 🙂
The Next Big Thing:
L.W. Patricks, http://www.lwpatricks.com ,is one of the first authors I interacted with after publishing The Warrior and he encouraged me a lot. LW writes YA fiction, thriller fiction, and creates contemporary fantasies with a strong urban mythological streak in them.
Curran Geist, http://thesity2012.wordpress.com, wrote The Sity, which I reviewed,http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/502885941, and it is a wonderful book that will take you to a new world with a character whose motivations are similar to Zeb Carter’s in my book The Warrior. Curran and I have many similarities in what drove us to write. Wait till you have finished reading this post, then go on to his blog and buy his book.
Everett Powers, http://everettpowers.blogspot.co.uk/ , who wrote the interesting Death of a Matador (unusual, fantastic crime setting), which I reviewed, http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/502886041, is another author who helped me a lot and gave me insightful advice. Death of a Matador should be on your reading list.
Suneeta Misra,http://suneetamisra329.blogspot.co.uk/ , who has fabulously brought to life the story of a young Indian girl, a journalist, in a small India town, in her book, Rani of Rampur, http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rani-of-Rampur-ebook/dp/B00AQ8R88I/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1358271083&sr=1-1. Read it. It is fascinating and will take you to a different world.
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