The Next Big Thing

I’m excited to be tagged by Lehua Parker to continue with the Next Big Thing. I missed my deadline, which hopefully isn’t a sign of things to come. I certainly got my house painted and decorated in record time, so my book is next.

And I look forward to getting A LOT better at blogging.

This Next Big Thing is a blog hop from author site to author site, tracking the best in upcoming writing ventures.

What is the working title of your next book?
I call it Internal Communication, named after some nifty little devices that we humans come up with to make our lives ‘better.’

Where did the idea come from for the book?
Well, my husband loves to give me story ideas, and one afternoon he was watching a Discovery Channel show about research into the workings of jellyfish. Apparently, they don’t have brains, but they do communicate and the theory was that they are somewhat like our own resident aliens (yes, that’s an intentional oxymoron) and brighter and more capable than we would ever guess. So, he wanted me to put that idea into a short story, and there you go!

What genre does your book fall under?
The going-to-be-finished genre. It also falls under sci-fi thriller, if you want to know the technical term.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Well, I love Liam Neeson so much that I would write a novel and a script just for him (I named my oldest son Liam…enough said). I would love it if he would play Hank in the intro. After that, I’d say someone gritty to play Lexi, the main character, so Michelle Rodriguez from Fast and Furious has my vote. And her love interest….? Not so important as long as Liam Neeson plays Hank. And then there’s the bad guy, which goes to Alex Pettyfer.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Probation officer Lexi Parker suspects one of her parolees for murders she sees through their mind link, then realizes she is the next on his list.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Agencies are cool. I would like to work with one of them, but I am keeping the option of self-publishing open.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
At the rate I’m working, it will be done by June. Hooray! Then there’s editing and all the fun stuff.

What else about your book might pique your reader’s interest?
It is a sci-fi thriller with possibly a bit of the paranormal. I was a huge Dean Koontz fan growing up, and this has a little bit of his flavor. You can have a peek at the first chapter, submitted as a short story, at on Wattpad, search Christine Haggerty.

Other authors to check out:
1. Paul Davis, writing a rugged fantasy romance.
2. Len Weatherly, The Kraken’s Wake
3. Fiona Wilhelm Ostler, Gold Rush

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