Welcome to this blog hop.
What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way that readers can discover new authors, because with bookstores closing and publishers not promoting new authors as much, we need to find a way to introduce readers to authors they may not see in their local bookstore.
I’ve been tagged by Parker Francis (aka Vic DiGenti), author of the Quint Mitchell Mystery series. Parker’s award-winning series continues with his newest release, Bring Down the Furies, which pits Quint against a serial arsonist. New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry had this to say about Parker and his book, “He’s a powerhouse storyteller and a welcome addition to the thriller genre. Hang on tight and remember to breathe.”
You can learn more about Parker Francis on his website, www.parkerfrancis.com.
So now it’s my turn to answer the 10 questions about Breach of Power as well as some insights into the process, from characters and inspirations to plotting and cover decisions. You’ll find the five authors I’ve tagged at the end of my blog hop post.
1: What is the working title of your book?
Breach of Power
2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
When I was plotting Breach of Power, I wanted to add a quasi-treasure hunt theme to the story when I ran across a news article about hikers in Austria who found the remains of a man inside a glacier. The man was believed to have fallen into a crevasse in the glacier in 1957. The idea intrigued me so much I modified the setting and the year then added a mystery to it that would apply to modern day.
3: What genre does your book come under?
I would classify Breach of Power as a thriller with political overtones. So a large extent and certainly more than The Savannah Project & The Toymaker, it also could fall into the mystery genre as well.
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? One sentence? Ha! Here’s the not so short & sweet—
A hiker finds a journal deep inside a glacier that was lost during World War II. On its frozen pages are etched the secret locations of treasures lost since the 1940s. But something more ominous is scribed in the journal.
Something that threatens the Presidency of the United States.
Jake Pendleton is summoned to the White House and instructed to locate and acquire the book, but soon realizes there are others on a quest to find it as well.
Others who will kill to get to it first.
6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
Somewhere between self-published and an independent publisher.
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Actually writing of the story itself took roughly 5-6 months. With research and plotting about 9 months.
8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I’ve heard it all! From books by David Baldacci to Dan Brown to Brad Thor and Vince Flynn. While I’m flattered, I don’t quite see it the same way. Certainly there are some commonalities; I try to make my stories unique in my own way.
9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The desire to write and continue Jake’s adventures is probably my biggest motivator. Reading books from the above-mentioned authors, as well as David Morrell, Steve Berry, Lee Child, and so many others, keep me motivated.
10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
THE TWISTS! I put several twists in Breach of Power. Big twists too. Game changers in a couple of places. I wanted to blindside the reader…but in a way the reader will enjoy. The clues are there, the reader just has to figure them out.
Below you will find authors who will be joining me by blog, next Wednesday. Be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on WIPs and New Releases! Happy Writing and Reading!