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I have been invited by the amazing and outrageously funny Irish writer Adrienne Dines (www.AdrienneDines.com) to join in THE NEXT BIG THING. This is an event where writers discuss their current work in progress through a series of ten questions, then tag their favorite writers so people can pop over and see what they are up to, as well. Here goes:

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing

What is the working title of your book?
TEARS OF THE MOON

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I had an idea to write a thriller about a woman who is chased by unknown killers because her ancestor wrote an ancient alchemy text with a missing chapter and the cult who protects the secret thinks she might be onto it. Imagine my surprise when I started researching and found out there really was an ancient alchemy text with a missing final chapter. Even stranger, it turns out to have been written by an ancestor with my family name!

What genre does your book fall under?
Historical fiction with a twist of thriller/adventure/conspiracy.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Scarlette Johnson and Matt Damon? YES, please!

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
To save her life, a woman on the run must solve the secret of creating gold hidden in her ancestor's ancient text before it's too late.

 Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
An agency. But which one? Hmmmm...

 How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About 10 months.
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 What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I would like to compare it to Davinci Code, although it is not exactly the same type of thing. Still, it is a conspiracy with enough truth to be rather shocking and I hope, spine-tingling.
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 Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I had the idea in mind, but when I found the actual ancient mining text with the missing last chapter, I KNEW this was my story to write.
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 What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
There were so many strange coincidences I discovered as I wrote it. Whenever I would get stuck, the ancient text provided clues to keep going, offering a way forward. At times I felt like I was following a trail of bread crumbs that had been left in my path that only I could see. The story of how I wrote the book and the unbelievable truths I found along the way, just when I needed them, is a story in itself.

 

For THE NEXT BIG THING, I am tagging Laurie Lico Albanese:

Laurie Lico Albanese is an award-winning writer whose novels and memoir have all been IndieNext selections in the USA. She likes to write travel pieces that fit with the places she visits for research, and you can find her by-line on the New York Times. Find out more about her at www.mybigwalk.wordpress.com


Her next BIG THING is a novel set in Vienna and featuring the artist Gustav Klimt, his model Adele Bloch-Bauer and her Jewish descendants who are disenfranchised by the Nazis.