Michael Haskins

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Next Big Think Blog Hop

Welcome to this blog hop.

What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way that readers can discover new authors, because with bookstores closing and publishers not promoting new authors as much, we need to find a way to introduce readers to authors they may not see in their local bookstore.

Here you have the chance to find many new authors. And, you’ll find information about me, what I’m working on now, KEY WEST LATITUDE, the 7th book in my Mick Murphy series, five of them are set in Key West, two on the West Coast, LA & Tijuana, Mexico. Library Journal Reviews said, “The latest Mick Murphy thriller (Car Wash Blues) delivers abundant action, car chases, boat chases, and an alphabet soup of weapons. Toss in some subterfuge and a brewing hurricane, and you’ve got the perfect beach read. While lighter than T. Jefferson Parker, Haskins explores similar themes.” 

I’d like to thank fellow author Beth Terrell-Hicks for tagging me to participate. Click the link below to find out about Beth’s Jared McKean Mysteries go to www.elizabethterrell.com .

In this particular hop, my fellow authors and I, in their respective blogs, have answered 10 questions where you get to learn about our current work in progress as well as some insights into our process, from characters and inspirations to plotting and cover decisions. I hope you enjoy it!

Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions. Here is my Next Big Thing!

1: What is the working title of your book?
My current release is Car Wash Blues, my next book, due in a few months, is Key West Latitude.
2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
The idea for Car Wash Blues came from my following the drug war in Mexico for many years. I spent a lot of time in Tijuana, Mexico, and have friends there. I found a way, betrayal of trust, to bring one cartel to Key West, looking for Murphy and the second cartel tries to find Murphy to keep the first one from retrieving the $20 million it believes Murphy stole from them.
Key West Latitude is the follow up from Stairway to the Bottom. It’s a lot different from my other books – same characters in my series A Mick Murphy Key West Mystery – in that it begins outside Key West and in Norm’s voice (Norm being my secondary main character). When the story weaves its way back to Key West, Mick Murphy begins to tell it. It is also about friendship and what real friendship will endure.
3: What genre does your book come under?
Mystery/thriller. Today, I believe, both genres have overlapped.
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Mick Murphy would need a Boston actor like Ben Affleck, or an unknown Boston actor like Affleck used to be. The accent has to be real. Norm, someone like Bruce Campbell from TV’s Burn Notice, Tita I’ve always imagined as either Cote de Pablo or Angie Harmon. Hopefully, they’ll fight over who gets the part!
5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Car Wash Blues: The betrayal of trust amongst friends.
Key West Latitude: What real friendship will endure between those that share it.
6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
Car Wash Blues is from Five Star, a traditional publisher.
Key West Latitude will be an eBook and a trade paperback on Amazon.
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I usually spend a year per book from beginning to end. My eBooks go to an editor and cover designer. Once edited and cover designed, publication comes much quicker than a traditional publisher. It took almost two years for Car Wash Blues to be traditionally published. Stairway to the Bottom was edited, the cover designed and online for sale as an eBook and trade paperback on Amazon in less than six weeks. 
8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
All my writing, including my shorts stories, have been written because I enjoy telling a story and by putting stories in writing, I reach a lot more than I would telling the same story over and over at one of the local watering holes. Hopefully, my books and short stories will be available long after I’ve gone.
10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?                                                         I’ve kept true to the island and city of Key West in my writing. People who have visited, and even locals, tell me that certain chapters reminds them of something or other about the bar or restaurant or street. If you’ve been to Key West, you know the locale I’m writing about and if you haven’t you might want to come after reading one of the books.
Below you will find authors who will be joining me by blogging, next Wednesday. Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on WIPs and New Releases! Happy Writing and Reading!

1.      Don Bruns – www.donbrunsbooks.com
2.      Deb Sharp – www.deborahsharp.com
3.      Fred Lichtenberg – www.fredlichtenberg.com
4.      Mel Jacob – www.neilduvall.com

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