The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

I’ve been tagged in The Next Big Thing by fellow writer and publisher Philip Bell of children’s publisher Beachy Books – Website:

I’m asked by Philip to tell you all about my next book by answering these questions and then I tag five other authors about their Next Big Thing. So here I go!

What is the working title of your next book?

It’s ‘Isle of The Dead’, but it’s had so many titles I’m not even sure I’m sticking with that one!

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Simply living here on the Isle of Wight. I once worked with a guy who said that if he ever became angry enough he would poison the water-plant that we worked at and kill everyone! I remember laughing about it to my dad, and he just looked at me very seriously and said; “don’t ever make that man angry.”


What genre does your book fall under?

The book I am writing is full of zombies, so definitely horror. It’s the genre I feel most comfortable in. Sci-fi is another favourite but I’d love a crack at a western. I had a western-horror short story published recently but I’d love to go at a western properly one day.

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

I’ve always had my lead character in my book as Ed Harris, but by the time the film deal DOES come through he’ll probably be too old!

Maybe I could play the lead myself!

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Zombies on the Isle of Wight killing lots of people.

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

I’ll let you know nearer the time! But I’m comfortable self-publishing. I’ve established myself as a massive social whore, and Facebook and Twitter are my domains. I’ve got people buying my short stories and supporting The Book by the busload…

I just gotta finish it.

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

I hadn’t finished the first draft before I started the second. I hadn’t finished the second before I started the third… *sigh*

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

There will definitely be comparisons with books by Wayne Simmons and David Moody, but they’re right up ‘there’ in the Undead stakes so I’d be happy if my name and book was compared alongside theirs!

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Me. And my love for the shuffling buggers. And my Facebook Family who have hounded me to get the NaNoWriMo 50,000 words reached! Unfortunately, November had become a horrendous month for myself and things ground to a complete halt, but I’m back on track, and looking to fire on all cylinders again.

Gotta thank my girl, too. She’s pushed me all the way and gets at me when I’m not writing. I wouldn’t have written half the words without her support.

And nagging.

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

There’s a love story unlike any other inside it…


Here are some of my fellow authors and good friends that I’ve tagged to tell you about their Next Big Thing:


Marni Mann

Joel Goldman

Alexandra Diane

John Hardy Bell

Cheyenne Campbell


My thanks to Philip Bell for Tagging me


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3 thoughts on “The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

  1. That’s actually really frightening about the guy at the water treatment plant. Hopefully he stays in a constant state of jolliness from now on. And an island setting for zombies definitely appeals!! Good luck with the rest of your NaNo words. May they stream ever forth!

    My previously-posted Next Big Thing reply is up. Thank you for the shout-out 😀

  2. Pingback: The Next Big Thing Blog Hop – Jack and Boo’s Snowy Day | Beachy Books – Children's Book Publisher

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