Today is a special day!
I get the honor of kick-starting the Blog Tour celebrating the release of THE MISTAKEN by our very own Nancy S. Thompson.
Thanks for hosting, Mark. I enjoy your ever-optimistic content and humorous take on life. Let’s get started, shall we?
Sounds like a planJ What inspired you to write your book - when you had never written anything ever before?
It was a new song I had just downloaded, “Hurricane” by 30 Seconds To Mars. I was struck by the lyrics: “Tell me, would you kill to save a life? Would you kill to prove you’re right?” It made me wonder: what could drive a genuinely good man to commit a violent crime, and could he ever find his way back to the man he used to be?
What's been your road to publication - including querying?
I didn’t write with the intention of seeking publication; the idea just sort of grew on me. After finishing my second draft, I starting researching how to improve my craft, write a query, and build a platform. After meeting several wonderful critique partners and polishing my manuscript, I drafted a query and emailed in three one-month bursts spread out over nine months. I also queried one small press, which resulted in a book deal with Sapphire Star Publishing.
Why have you decided not to pursue an agent - bad experience - or just not the right "fit?"
Impatience mostly! Once I directly queried a publisher, got a request for a full, then a book deal, I didn’t feel I needed an agent, at least not for this book or its sequel, though I’m not opposed to reexamining the issue later.
What have you done to build your author platform - challenges and setbacks?
I use Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads, but mostly my blog. From there, I reach out to other writers like yourself. They’ve taught me how to improve my craft, informed me of countless resources, and held my hand when I was feeling down. Blogging can be a challenge time-wise, but so far, I haven’t experienced any setbacks.
Why do you love critique partners - especially the super tough ones?
Writers who critique my work see what I can’t because I’m just too close, too ignorant, or perhaps too belligerent. I had twelve CPs for The Mistaken, six of whom were exceptionally talented. Three of them were tough and relentless, questioning my logic, asking me to clarify, pulling stuff out of me I never knew existed, and allowing me to richly layer both the characters and plot. My story would’ve been quite thin without them and definitely not publishable. Every writer needs a tough CP!Thanks, Nancy, and may I be the first to wish you *much* success with your debut novel, and hope to see many more in the future - and that's no mistake :)
|NANCY S. THOMPSON, Author :)|
Visit Nancy’s blog, follow, and leave a comment during her book tour for a chance to win an ARC of The Mistaken. Plus, 5 runner-ups will each win an eBook.
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Praise for The Mistaken:
“A deliciously slow burn that builds to a ferocious crescendo, Nancy S. Thompson's THE MISTAKEN kept me riveted until the very last page. Tyler Karras is a complex and flawed protagonist, and his redemptive journey makes him the perfect anti-hero. This psychological suspense is a standout, and I can't wait for Thompson's next book.”~ Jennifer Hillier, author of CREEP and FREAK
“Nancy S. Thompson's debut novel, The Mistaken, is a first-rate thriller full of hair-raising twists and turns. Pursued by the police and the Russian mafia in San Francisco, brothers Tyler and Nick Karras are fascinating, fully-drawn, desperate characters. The action is non-stop. Thompson's taut, intriguing tale of revenge, mistaken identity, kidnapping and murder will keep you enthralled and entertained.”~Kevin O’Brien, New York Times Bestselling Author of DISTURBED and TERRIFIED
“Fast-paced and emotionally gripping - once the ride begins, you won't stop reading until it ends."
~Alex J. Cavanaugh, author of CASSAFIRE and CASSASTAR
The Mistaken Blog tour continues tomorrow with:
10/19: Alex J. Cavanaugh & Arlee Bird
10/22: Carrie Butler & Jeff O’Handley
10/23: Julie Musil
10/24: Donna Weaver & Melissa Maygrove
10/25: Matthew MacNish
10/26: LG Smith
10/27: Aimee Jodoin
10/29: Heather M. Gardner
10/30: Lisa Regan
10/31: Jennifer Hillier