The Next Big Thing

A shout-out to fellow author and word-smith, Karen Lenfesky for inviting me to The Next Big Thing.  (

What is your working title of your book (or story)?  ca

I am always writing several titles simultaneously. Is there any other way to write? ca

Currently I am writing the sequel to The Patent. The second book in the Marc Wayne Adventures, co-authored with Max Garwood, is titled The Embolus. In a completely different genre, I am partnering with comedian Torry Martin on a hilariously funny comedy romance series titled Rose of the Arctic.

Where did the idea come from for the book? 

Max Garwood is a brilliant patent attorney, among other highly intellectual pursuits. One day he phoned to say he had an idea for a novel. Of course it was a brilliantly stellar concept.

“You’re smarter than I am,” I said. “Why don’t you write it?”

“Because,” he said in his intelligent tone. “I’m an engineer. It will have ten bullet points.”

So I turned his ten bullet points into 420 pages of fast-paced story.

For Rose of the Arctic, Torry said he was looking for a writer to partner on a story line he has been nurturing for a decade.

I said, “Hey, how about me?”

Apparently no one else applied for the job.

What genre does your book fall under?

The Embolus, like The Patent, is a contemporary suspense. Every book is written with an audience in mind and our audience for this series is our military sons. However, my daughter gave it five stars!

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

For The Embolus, Jennifer O’Neill, Matthew McConaughey, Saundra Bullock, and Liam Neeson. Max would include Clint Eastwood.

Rose of the Arctic has a lot of eccentric characters. Janelle Froehlich and Channing Tatum. Does Channing do comedy?

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? 

The Embolus: Every day that Marc and his sister Mallory search for illusive murderers who kill by creating a deadly embolus from a remote location, another pivotal global player dies.

Rose of the Arctic: In this friction-filled Arctic case of Cyrano de Brrrrr-gerac, there’s a new gold rush – correction, gold miner rush – in Alaska when gold is discovered and women flock to Rose’s dating website to stake their claim on the wealthy man of their dreams.

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

Pegwood Publishers will publish The Embolus, like The Patent.

Rose of the Arctic will be represented.

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

Pretty long.

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

The Patent and The Embolus are similar to Clive Cussler and Vince Flynn adventures.

Rose of the Arctic is a unique story with hints of At Home In Mitford meets Stephanie Plum in Sourdough, Alaska – population 1001 and rising.

Who or what inspired you to write this book? 

Max inspired The Patent. And The Embolus. And future series titles including The Vote and The Genome. I think there may be a pattern here.

Rose of the Arctic was inspired by Torry’s ten years living in an Alaskan cabin on stilts, complete with incolet toilet, pitched over 75-ish acres of protected Alaskan wetlands.

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

The Patent series is the only stories I am aware of with a small town, Midwest patent attorney as the protagonist.

Rose of the Arctic is a laugh-out-loud series with visual jokes – like Sourdough’s mayor A.W. Shucks (get it?) – woven into the text as well as unique situational comedy involving memorable characters and their important relationships.

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