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Yesterday's Echo

Next Big Thing

There's a viral blog event going around called the Next Big Thing where writers talk about what they are working on. I've been tagged by Susan Goldstein, author of Hollywood Forever, and by San Diego writer, Elizabeth Marro. Find out about Susan's Next Big Thing here and Elizabeth's here.

Since my first book, Yesterday's Echo, has yet to come out—it will on May 7th—I'll address the nine "Thing" questions in relation to it.

Here goes:

Where did the idea come from for the book?

A line that had been floating around in my head became the opening sentence that inspired the book: The first time I saw her, she made me remember and she made me forget.

I wanted to know who the woman was, who the speaker was, and what in his life did he need to remember and to forget.

What genre does your book fall under?


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

This is an interesting question because, as I'm writing, I don't think in those terms. The characters come from the dark recesses of my mind and are their own entities. However, I'm not stupid. I would love to get me some Hollywood option money. So, I'd be happy to have Mark Wahlberg play my protagonist, Rick Cahill. I think he is an underrated actor and I always get the sense of a dark back story waiting to surface.

Melody Malana could be played by Lucy Liu. She's sexy, intelligent, and mysterious. A perfect fit.

Ray Wise with the widow's peak, square chin, and ivory grin, is a physical match for Peter Stone. Throw in some of the nastiness of Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko and we're almost there.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Disgraced ex-cop, Rick Cahill, still a suspect in his wife's murder, is thrust back under the police and media spotlight when he risks his life to save a mysterious woman accused of murder.

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

I am represented by the lovely and talented, Kimberley Cameron. Yesterday's Echo will be published by the good folks at Oceanview Publishing in May.

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

About five months. The next four or five drafts took considerably longer.

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

I'd hate to compare myself with an established author, but I'm a big fan of T. Jefferson Parker, Robert Crais, and Michael Connelly.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The writings of Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald inspired me to become a writer, and ultimately write this book.

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

I think everyone has done something in their past that they wish they could change. Yesterday's Echo explores what one man will risk for a chance at redemption.

Thanks for taking the time to learn about my Next Big Thing. However, there are other Next Big Things to learn about in the next few days, so please check out these great writers as they talk about theirs: Dianne Emley, Alan Russell, Holly West, Travis Richardson, and S.D. Skye.