Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Next Big Thing, #2

At the end of November Pat Bertram, author of Daughter Am I, The Spake of Heavenly Fire, and More Deaths Than One, to name a few, invited me to participate in THE NEXT BIG THING. Thanks to Adriana Ryan, author of World of Shell and Bone, I did my first The Next Big Thing post on October 23 for my manuscript Omatiwak: Woman Who Cries.

I'm going out on a limb here to confess that I actually enjoy doing these chains. What I don't enjoy is trying to find someone to tag in return. I've asked 4 people in the last 2 weeks and they all graciously declined. They'd already done a round of The Next Big Thing.

I should probably have asked more, but instead I'm going to change the rules, just this once. (That's probably a lie) I'm not going to tag anyone. I'm just going to say I hope you stop in and visit Pat Bertram's blog. She's a fascinating lady and has a wonderful blogging style. You won't regret taking the time to visit, I promise. Come back and bite me if that's not true.

With no further ado, (sorry I can't promise my answers are brilliant) here are the questions and my answers:

What is your working title of your book?

Kiss of the Assassin
Where did the idea come from for the book?

I'm sure it came from somewhere, but heck if I can remember. I began the first draft in the 90s. Movies and television had a lot of rock and roll in those days, so maybe that was the contributing factor. 

What genre does your book fall under?

Epic Political Thriller  (yes, I just made that up)

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

He's neither Russian or over 50, but I can see Eminem playing the part of Kurenkov, head of KGB because of his intensity, and because the story begins when he's 30 and spans almost 20 years. Can't you just picture him in a military uniform wearing an earflaps sable hat and looking 50? With blue contacts, of course.

By the time they got around to making the book into a movie, Penelope Crux would be too old, but hey -- this is fantasy, right! I think she would make a wonderful Marina Antonovna Abramova, the assassin.

The sad and tortured Homicide Lieutenant Mateo Arcusa would be played by Eduardo Verástegui:


What is a brief synopsis of your book?

Five year old Marina witnesses the murder/suicide of her parents, and instead of being protected and nurtured, is trained to become the personal assassin to her guardian, the man who believes he'll be Russia's first President. When she falls in love with the man she's suppose to kill,  they decide to destroy her guardian before he destroys them.

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

Because I've been there and done that, I prefer to sign with a publisher.

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

It's an epic that involves the Vietnam War, so I'm going to say it took 18 months to write the first draft. Hallelujah for the Web, which made researching the story much much easier!

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

The Black Heart, The Borne Identity, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Nikita.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I love these types of novels, so writing one made sense.

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

Marina and Mateo are kindred spirits destined to be together even though they come from opposite sides of the geographical and political spectrum. They are both trained to kill, yet their love for each other knows no bounds.

* If you missed out on THE NEXT BIG THING blog chain, by all means, join in from here.


  1. I like Epic Political Thriller for this one. Reading this brings up great memories, Joylene. And yep, Penelope Crux looks the part perfectly.

    1. Keith, it feels as if we worked on this ms together a lifetime ago. Hope you're having a marvelous Sunday!

  2. I love all things Russian so I can't wait to read this book.

    I also love that you made up your genre. I so need to do that.

  3. Intriguing! I'm pretty fascinated with movies based on book, that's the premise of my blog, so I enjoyed reading about your casting process. It's always fun to see how authors would cast their movie.

  4. While I love chains as well, it is always hard to find people to tag. :/

    I want to read this book! It sounds amazing! Marina is beautiful ;)

  5. Love that term - "Epic Political Thriller"! Maybe if we toss it around enough we can get it to stick. And then you get the credit. :) It's good to hear what you've got going. Wishing you all the best!

  6. You say such nice things, Joylene. Thank you. I'm delighted you let me tag, and I'm delighted you answered. Kiss of the Assassin sounds epic for sure!

  7. Aha, an "Epic Political Thriller". Sounds most interesting. And a movie about it starring Marshall Mathers and Penelope Crotch, or something like that. Nice one, Joylene and don't worry, I promise not to bite you. This means, I shall um 'delight' Pat Betram by gracing her with a visitation from shy and humble me. With that, I shall now go and get kissed by an assassin. "Penny, I'm kidding...."

  8. Well epic political thriller as a genre sounds intriguing, and your book sound so interesting.

    All the best!

  9. I remember reading the chapter of this one that you have posted elsewhere on the web, and "epic political thriller" sounds like the perfect label. I'm glad you're working on it... hope to see it out on the shelves one day soon.

  10. This sounds fantastic. I like your celebrity picks and the title.

    I remember having a copy of Black Heart long ago. I can't remember if I read it or not, but I've read a few Ludlam books.


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