Hope your holiday was fantastic!

I got great news last week that my publishing house, The Writers Coffee Shop, wants to pick up the next book in the Lightning Rider series. (YAY!)  So, to kick off some deets about this book I’m frantically writing to meet my deadline, the stupendous Scott Eder tagged me in a “Next Big Thing” blog interview:

Lightning Rider

What is your working title of your book?

Shadow Boxer


Where did the idea come from for the book?

Since it’s the second book in the series, I already had a few ideas of where I wanted the main character, Evy, to go, but I caught a History Channel story about Nikola Tesla, and the “what ifs” took off.  Nikola is an unsung hero, a man who is rightfully the father of the 20th century, yet hardly anyone knows about him.  The more I learned about him, the more I wanted to introduce him to people who might not know about him.  (Oh, and Thomas Edison was a douche)

What genre does your book fall under?

 Romantic Fantasy.  (It’s a mashup of Contemporary Fantasy and Romance)

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

Alex Falberg did a fantastic job of playing Tesla in The Men Who Built America. (Which is fantastic, BTW)

Ana Lucía Domínguez would make a great Evy, or maybe Selena Gomez


and….as always, Chris Hemsworth as the sexy, irristible Constantine:

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Evy’s next alteration will require her to save her lover’s daughter from drowning, find her kidnapped mentor, and convince her enemy she can befriend the recluse scientist, Nikola Tesla.

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

I’ll be using The Writers Coffee Shop Publishing House again.  They have been fantastic to work with, and did an amazing job with the first book in the series, Lightning Rider (see cover, above :)

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

 One Month for the first draft.

(Not kidding.  Go read Rachel Aaron’s book.)

The remaining edits will take me a couple months.

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

That’s tough, because this breaks a lot of rules. But it will resonate with readers of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s host of awesome books, which opens up a host of books with kick-ass heroines — Faith Hunter’s  . . . Karen Marie Moning’s . . .

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I’ve been on a long road with these characters. The first book took me almost three years (and seven versions) to get right, so continuing the story and seeing what kind of trouble Evy was going to get into next, seemed like a logical next step.

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

Evy is a Latina, and–as far as I can tell–the first ever Latina superhero.  She’s a take-no-prisoners badass who’s had her life turned upside down and is still struggling to find her place.

Check out these authors who are writing about their Next Big Thing:

Amy Jarecki at Amy Jarecki Writes

Callene Rapp at Callene Rapp’s Blog