The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way for readers to discover authors new to them. I hope you’ll find new-to-you authors whose works you enjoy. On this stop on the blog hop, you’ll find a bit of information on me and one of my books and links to four other authors you can explore!

My gratitude to fellow writer, Pamela Caves, for inviting me to participate in this event. You can click the following link to learn more about her work. Website:

In this blog hop, I and my fellow authors, in their respective blogs, have answered ten questions about our book or work-in–progress (giving you a sneak peek). We’ve also included some behind-the-scenes information about how and why we write what we write–the characters, inspirations, plotting and other choices we make. I hope you enjoy it!

Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions. Here is my Next Big Thing!

1: What is the working title of your book?


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

I’ve always been fascinated by vampires, starting with Bram Stoker’s Dracula and moving on to Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. There have been vampires hiding in my imagination for as long as I can remember, and I just had to tell their story.

3. What genre does your book come under?

Contemporary paranormal fiction

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

Tanya Dziahileva has the face that I’ve always envisioned for Maya, but of course she’s a model and not an actress. Mia Wasikowska or Mila Jovovich would probably do great things with the character though. Naomi Harris would be perfect as Gabrielle. Tom Hardy would be my Marek and Evan Peters has always had my heart as Alec.

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

A violent vampire love story.

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

Published by an independent publisher.

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

Only a few months. I spent a long time brewing the idea and keeping notes, and afterwords I spent a long time editing and even doing a full rewrite of part II, but writing the first draft came easy.

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

Sunshine, by Robin Mckinley. Let The Right One In, by John Ajvide Lindqvist. The Last Vampire series, by Christopher Pike, and of course The Vampire Chronicles, by Anne Rice.

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

I was inspired to write Salvation the first time that I delved into literary fiction. When I was younger I read almost exclusively genre fiction, and when I started to discover Barbara Gowdy and Anabel Lyons, I wondered why none of the vampire novels I had read were written like those stories. I wanted to see a story that was driven by emotion, seated in personal experience, and yet followed a timeline that was driven by vampiric heritage. The thought followed me for years, until I finally had to put it down on paper.

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

Salvation is a genre jumper that has a little bit of everything, tied together with a gripping story and charismatic characters. It weaves through a modern high school, a pioneer homestead, the budding city of Milwaukee in the nineteenth century, and back into present day suburbs, following the life of one young woman, through every trial and hardship, as she crosses the ages in search of salvation.

11: Why are you so much better-looking in person than in your photo?

It’s all attitude, baby.

Who’s next on the NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP?

So glad you asked!

Below you will find authors who will be joining me by blog, next Wednesday. Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on Works in Progress and New Releases! Happy Writing and Reading!

Atreyu Elfborn

Kriscinda Lee Everitt

Christian A. Larson


Salvation is available in paperback and as an ebook on,, and from Melange Book (where you can also read a FREE sample).

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