The Next Big Thing blog hop

Emma McCoy nominated me here for The Next Big Thing blog hop, which was a very kind thing for her to do. Thanks, Emma! You rock!

The idea behind The Next Big Thing is to answer ten questions about a current work in progress. Without further adieu….

1.What is the working title of your work in progress?

Mexican Heat, though a quick Google search shows that name’s already in use. I usually sweat the title as I get closer to completion.

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

I’ve been reading about the violence from drug cartels in Mexico for some time, and it’s impossible to not be drawn — as an action fiction author — to the violence there. It’s just south of the United States, there have been 60,000 deaths in less than a decade (more than we had in Vietnam), and there have been all kinds of crazy things happening, like beheadings, abductions, and insane hour-long gunfights in some areas.

It’s the perfect place to send Nick Woods…

3. What genre does your book fall under?

I’d call it a crazy thriller, but Amazon gives you two slots, and I usually pick the categories of “Thriller” and “War.”

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

Actors aren’t my strong suit. How ’bout we let them cut me a check and pick whoever they want?

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

Actually, when I started outlining the book, I created a three-sentence synopsis based upon the screenwriter’s format of logline, tagline, and headline. (Hat tip, Guy Bergstrom.) Here are the three:

A powerful drug cartel, led by a madman, threatens to topple Mexico’s government.

An American Seal Team sent to handle the situation is ambushed and decimated.

Can one of America’s greatest warriors stop this madman?

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


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

Still working on it. I’m just on Chapter 3.

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

Something along the lines of Stephen Hunter, Lee Child, or Tom Clancy.

9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Countless stories like this:

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

It will deliver on the formula I follow for all my writing: “I write books chock-full of shooting and stabbing. Description? Not so much. So, if you’re looking for an action-packed, fast-moving thriller, I’m your man. If you’re looking for literature, hate the thought of blood or pain, and are bothered by profanity, then move on. I’m most certainly not your man.”

Thus, I’m pretty sure most readers will be interested. The vast majority of all best sellers follow this formula.

As part of this post, I’m supposed to nominate five others. Many of my blogging friends may be too busy to do this, but in the spirit of the idea, I’ll make some nominations anyway. The five I nominate are:

Carrie Rubin

Embattled Farmers (Inside joke: Yes, ma’am, I’m trying to force you to talk about your work.)

T. W. Dittmer

Thomas Rydder

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novels a success. I seriously couldn’t have done it with everyone’s support. I’m excited to say that Little Man, and the Dixon County War  has gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here). My second novel, Sold Outhas also done well, also, going as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War (see here and here). Learn more about both books here.

9 thoughts on “The Next Big Thing blog hop

  1. Hey, thanks for the nod. I’ve received it from others, too, but like a stubborn mule, I can’t seem to bring myself to discuss my current WIP. Not sure why I’m so dang private about it. I’m weird that way, I guess. But I appreciate the mention!

    Your premise sounds great, and I’m with you on the “action-packed, fast-moving thriller.” My type of read!


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