The Next Big Thing: Blog Hop

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.

Here you have the chance to find many new authors. Here you’ll find information about Ian Walkley and the book No Remorse, and also links to five other authors you might like to check out.

I’d like to thank fellow author Sandy Curtis for tagging me to participate.

Click the links below to find out about Sandy Curtis’s books.

Website:  www.sandycurtis.com

Blog: http://sandycurtis.com/blog/

Buy Fatal Flaw and my backlist: http://clandestinepress.com.au/content/sandy-curtis

http://www.amazon.com/Fatal-Flaw-ebook/dp/B006GX9D0I

In this particular hop, I and my fellow authors, in their respective blogs, have answered 10 questions where you get to learn about our current work in progress as well as some insights into our process, from characters and inspirations to plotting and cover decisions. I hope you enjoy it! Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions.

1: What is the working title of your book?

No Remorse

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

I think the ideas emerged over time, through reading and seeing what was happening in the news. I traveled in the Middle East, and researched many of the elements of the plot, such as slavery, illegal organ transplants, missing nuclear material, financial banking scams and so on. So while No Remorse has the action of a James Bond thriller, it could be happening right now.

3: What genre does your book come under?

Action thriller.

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

Lee McCloud: Maybe Aaron Eckhart, Paul Walker, Ryan Reynolds. NOT Tom Cruise, please!

Khalid: Eric Bana

Tally: Michelle Williams, Natalie Portman, Kate Beckinsdale, Rhona Mitra?

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

A loose cannon ex-soldier and a female computer analyst search for two girls kidnapped by a group using healthy teenagers in organ transplants and discover a global conspiracy.

6: Will your book be self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

It was self-published. My next book Bait, I will still seek a publisher, but I’m not prepared to wait for years.

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

Six months, then two and half years to polish it and have it edited ready to publish. My second book has taken nine months for the same outcome. Hopefully, the third will be six months.

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

Wilbur Smith’s Those in Peril, The movie Taken (the first one). Readers compare No Remorse with stories of Lee Child, Clive Cussler, Robert Ludlum, Chris Ryan, Brad Thor.

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

I traveled a lot in business, and I’d often buy a book at the airport bookstore. They were invariably thrillers—global conspiracies, exotic places, heroes bigger than life chasing nasty bad guys and beautiful women. I wanted to write a thriller like that. And did. In my younger days I enjoyed Wilbur Smith, Alistair Maclean and Robert Ludlum, Isaac Asimov and Philip Dick. More recently Harlan Coben, John Grisham, David Baldacci and Lee Child. I guess their storytelling inspired me to want to write.

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

McCloud, or Mac as they call him, is a Delta Force special operations soldier, a highly trained killer, but not the type to just blindly follow orders. He makes mistakes, and is governed by a strong loyalty to his friends. I don’t think readers want to have more invincible heroes. They want them to have faults and prejudices that get them into trouble. Mac is not great with women, for example.

The bad guy, Sheik Khalid, he’s into all kinds of evil – kidnapping, drugs, slavery, organ transplants, terrorism. Yet he’s not a Bin Laden stereotype. I wanted a bad guy who readers could hate, but not just a terrorist. Khalid has rebelled against the teachings of Islam, especially since his first love was stoned to death. He is determined to overthrow the Saudi regime, and impose a more democratic regime, which would give people more freedom. But with his type of freedom comes a heavy price.

There are three tough female characters in the book, Tally, Sheriti and Anastia. The three female characters are all strong in very different ways. Tally is a computer genius, Sheriti is a trained Mossad agent, and Anastia is a skilled sniper for hire from Bulgaria.

The plotting in No Remorse is complex. It was quite tricky logistically to make it work, especially when you have seven POV characters, each with their own story, travelling between the US, Europe and the Middle East on planes and boats. I had to check, for example, that Mac could physically get to the island of Andaran in a certain time, given that he had to catch three separate flights, because there wasn’t a direct flight from London. Actually, that enabled me to write in a scene on a plane where he is confronted by a female assassin, which was a lot of fun to write. Some novelists don’t worry about that sort of detail. I know we’re writing fiction, but I like things to be realistic.

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!

Ian Graham

Website: http://www.iangrahamthrillers.com/

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Patriots-Tyrants-Thriller-Declan-ebook/dp/B009D9OTW4/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1352576281&sr=1-2&keywords=patriots+&+tyrants

Blog Link: http://www.iangrahamthrillers.com/blog.html

 

Blake Stevens

Blog: http://fromblakesbookshelf.blogspot.com.au/

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Still-Stupid-at-Sixty-ebook/dp/B008T2THFK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1351586233&sr=1-1&keywords=still+stupid+at+sixty

 

Donna Galanti

Website & Blog: http://donnagalanti.wordpress.com/

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007IIIZUO

 

Michael Balkind

Website: http://www.balkindbooks.com/

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Ball-Michael-Balkind/dp/1451524447/

 

Allan Leverone

Website: http://allanleverone.com/

Blog link: http://allanleverone.blogspot.com/
Book purchase link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Lonely-Mile-ebook/dp/B005DAX06I

 

 

 

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