Monday, November 19, 2012

The Next Big Thing


The Next Big Thing: What I'm Working On Now

By Kim McMahill – November 19, 2012

Author Judy Baker was kind enough to tag me in an ongoing game of The Next Big Thing, a blog circle where authors have a chance to discuss their current works in progress, giving everyone a sneak peek into, “The Next Big Thing.”

 THE NEXT BIG THING:

What is your working title of your book?

Guardians of the Sacred Relics

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I was watching a program on the Travel Channel counting down the twelve greatest mysteries. One of the mysteries focused on a group of legendary crystal skulls. It was fascinating and the short tidbit on the many different theories surrounding the skulls sent my mind whirling with all the wonderful possibilities.

What genre does your book fall under?

Adventure/Suspense, International Thriller

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

There’s almost no role I wouldn’t like to see Hugh Jackman in, so I guess he would have to play Cash. I haven’t put much thought into all the characters, but Scarlett Johansson would make a great Marjorie.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

The massacre of an unarmed South American village, destruction of one of the greatest manmade wonders of the world, and multiple museum thefts ignite a desperate scramble to locate a deadly group of terrorist before they amass the mythical relics capable of legendary destruction.

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

I’ve signed with Prism Book Group to publish Guardians of the Sacred Relics. No release date has been set, but I imagine it will be in early 2013.

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

This book probably took me longer to write than any other because I did a lot of research in order to make it as believable as possible.  The first draft was finished at a bad time, so I put the manuscript aside for several years. After signing with Prism Book Group to publish Marked in Mexico, my enthusiasm returned and I dusted the manuscript off and gave it a final polish.

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

I was going for a Clive Cussler type of book, but with a bit more romance. I love the way his books hop around the world and follow different characters’ storylines until eventually they all converge. When I start one of his books I often wonder how all the storylines can possibly tie together, but in the end they always do.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I love action adventure stories and, as mentioned above, a short program on the Travel Channel planted the seed and once I started the novel I had to find out how it ended.

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

Anyone who loves international thrillers will enjoy following the characters as they embark on deadly adventures in Egypt, Peru, Argentina, Mexico, the Bahamas and multiple locations in the United States.

 I’ve tagged these writers to join in the game! Please tune into these blogs the week of November 26 to check out their posts!





Message for the tagged authors and interested others:

Rules of the Next Big Thing
***Use this format for your post
***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress)
***Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.

Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:
What is your working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged.

While you’re waiting for those new posts next week, be sure to visit Judy at http://judyswriting.blogspot.com, as well as any other participants in The Next Big Thing.

2 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great story, Kim. I'll look forward to read your novel. I too am a fan of Clive Cussler - thanks for letting us hear about your new work in progress.

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  2. Love the insight that this series of questions gives into the creative process. Thanks, Kim. Bonnie McCune, author, A Saint Comes Stumbling In

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