Monday, October 1, 2012

The Next Big Thing

Welcome October! To celebrate my favorite month of the year, I'm participating in the The Next Big Thing blog hop. It is a fun event to connect authors with readers and reveal a little bit about the author's work. It is already 15 weeks running! Thanks to C. M. Keller, author of Screwing Up Time for tagging me. Here's a little bit about my latest work-in-progress (okay, technically I'm working on the sequel now: Red Alert, but it wouldn't make much sense to talk to you about it without telling you about the first one :) ) .

What is the working title of your book? Code Black

Where did the idea come from for the book? 

I'm a big fan of crime shows like Law & Order: SVU and Criminal Minds. I wanted to mix that law enforcement element with the paranormal genre. Thus, the investigative unit in the book, the PCD (Paranormal Crime Division), was born.

What genre does your book fall under? 

Adult urban fantasy mixed with elements of paranormal romance.

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

I have specific stock images that I used while creating the characters, so it is hard to imagine a movie version. I'd rather leave that in the hands of creative readers. :)

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? 

I'm  not the best with the one-sentence pitch, so here is the blurb on my website:
Gossip mag reporter Sera Benenati is determined to claw her way to the top and land a spot with a real paper. When she tracks a lead on a string of paranormal murders to the small town of Buckhorn, Arizona, she’s certain she’s landed the perfect scoop. As her investigation grows hot, the killers set their sights on her. Now, with the help of special agent Talon Rede, she’ll need to unmask the murderers before she becomes the next victim.

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

The book is represented by my wonderful agents at Literary Counsel.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? 
Approximately 10 months writing part time.

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

It is in great company with Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series or Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I'm fascinated with the hero's journey discussed by Jung and as such always looking for ways that journey might occur when the world is turned upside down.

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

The heroine, Sera, is unique in that she shares her mind with an unknown supernatural creature named, Guy. The interactions between her and Guy make for some interesting dialogue. Not to mention the "issues" with Sera having a romantic relationship with our hero, Talon. ;)

Thank you for checking out my work. I hope you'll stop on over to read about the other authors in the blog hop. For week 16 have a look at what my writing partner, Yelena Casale, is working on.


  1. Your book sounds fascinating. I hope your agent finds a home for it.