Sunday, December 23, 2012

S.D. Skye's Next Big Thing (I've been TAGGED!)

I've been tagged in The Next Big Thing... What's the Next Big Thing?

Well, one of my author-friends, Matt Coyle (a fellow International Thriller Writer member who has a totally brilliant novel coming out next May) tagged me to answer the following 9 interview questions about our current project or work-in-progress. He mentions me on his blog and, in return, I get to pay it forward and mention some up and coming authors on my blog--Rebecca Kyle, Carey Conley, Markeise Washington, and Rahiem Brooks.  You can visit their blogs starting next week to see what their next big projects are.

My work in progress is Book 2 in my new FBI Series featuring FBI Agent J.J. McCall--SON OF A ITCH (A J.J. McCall Novel). It follows my debut romantic suspense The Seven Year Itch (A J.J. McCall Novel).

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

When I started this series, I decided that each book would feature a new and different case, so that each book delivered some level of closure and could stand alone, even if the romance elements were left "open." So, this second book features J.J.'s second case.

A Russian Intelligence Officer has installed a listening device in the White House Situation Room, where the President holds all of his classified briefings. Can you imagine the nightmare? With all the cleared personnel and Secret Service personnel, the question obviously becomes, whodunit? Who installed bug?

It's loosely based on a real case in which a Russian Intelligence officer installed a bug in the US State Department, which was widely reported in the media. *ahem*

2. What genre does your book fall under?

Every book in this series is a romantic suspense with strong mystery elements. There is also a lot of humor and some page-turning thrill rides throughout.

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

I don't know the "actors" per se. But what I do know is how I envision them. 
The following actors, Henry Cavill and Gina Torres, are who I see when I'm writing

Henry is not Italian (beautifully British).

And Gina Torres is not African American (Cuban).

But this, my darlings, is America...and you get the picture.

4. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

FBI J.J. McCall and her new Task Force clash with Secret Service while  lauching an investigation into who planted a bug in the White House Situation Room, meanwhile the ICE Phantom, now on the lam, plots J.J.'s murder and makes plans to defect to Moscow.

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

Although I'm represented by a NY agent, I declined an offer from a "big six" publisher. This series will be published under Frankie V Books, my romance-suspense/mystery/thriller imprint, barring a movie deal which prompts an utterly enormous offer from a NY publisher. [laugh here]

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

I'm still writing the first draft of this manuscript, using Scrivener storyboard feature. I anticipate finishing this version by February.

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

Honestly, I hate comparisons...and then to do them myself...impossible. Based on what my readers have said, if I were going to place this series on a bookshelf based on topics, I would probably squeeze it at the end of a shelf containing books by Ken Follett, LeCarre, Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, and Gayle Lynds. So, the "Itch" series would easily fit in on that shelf. Catherine Coulter has an FBI Series, but it's mostly murder mysteries not espionage.The difference in my novels is the main character is female and African American (like an Alex Cross) and works counterintelligence--as told by someone who worked in counterintelligence. That's kind of new. There aren't many FBI folks writing spy novels. I think I may be least for now.

8. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

This entire series is based on a African American FBI Agent with whom I worked. She's a counterintelligence executive today and one of the few women (of any race) who have attained such a senior position. She played a significant role in many of the prominent cases over the last couple of decades, incluing the arrest of former Special Agent Robert Hanssen. I don't think her story, even fictionalized, would get told any other way. .

9. What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?

Along with a well-plotted story, you get lots more romantic tension in this novel as the love triangle gets amped up 1,000 percent. Also, you'll love the mystery. A lot of books give away the "whodunit" early. But the J.J. McCall novels will keep you guessing until the end.

No, really.

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1 comment:

  1. Funny. In that picture, Gina Torres (Mrs. Lawrence Fishburne) reminds me of Aisha Tyler, who I'd imagined J.J. to look like. Gina may be Cuban, but she's STILL black. Right ethnicity, just a different nationality....

    Henry Cavill, of course, is the new Superman.


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