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The Next Big Thing

My friend and fellow Indie author, Mary Pat Hyland, requested I be a part of The Next Big Thing Blog Tour.  The tour is an opportunity to learn more about authors, their works, and their blogs. Below are answers to questions about my upcoming novel, Dig Two Graves.

Thanks to Mary Pat; visit her blog, learn more about her, and explore her works.


What is the working title for your next book?

Dig Two Graves

Where did the idea come from for the book?

The title comes from Confucius: “Before embarking on the road of revenge, dig two graves.” I’ve often thought about what would push me over the edge, forcing me to give up everything to punish someone else for what they did. I want the reader to consider this same problem.

What genre does your book fall under?


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

Parents, Thomas and Betty:  Liam Neeson and Emma Thompson

Daughter, Sam(antha):  Jennifer Lawrence

Gang members, Daniel, Kevin, Chuck, and Hank:  Liam Hemsworth, Michael Miranda, Ben Whishaw, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Police Detective, Mark:  Benjamin Bratt

Daughter’s boyfriend, Gabir:  San Shella

Best friend of Thomas, Tim:  Marco Khan

Radio personality, Bart:  John Goodman

Politician, John:  Tom Selleck

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

What are you willing to do when the one you cherish the most is hurt?

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

It will be self-published like my first book, Good Man Bad Man.

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

I’m still writing although it’s been gestating inside me for several years now. I have set a deadline of six weeks to finish.

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

Steig Larsson novels.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Idea and questions nag at me. What starts as a simple incident in the news or a personal experience is transformed into a larger universal question about human behavior. This is what inspired me to write this, and the other stories I have written.

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

Gabir is Lebanese and Sam meets him there. While this is not a police procedural, there are many references to police and neo-nazi gang activities. There is also commentary on the interplay between progressive and conservative political attitudes.

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