The Next Big Thing – Authors Tagging Authors

When Natalie Buske Thomas, author of The Serena Wilcox Mysteries, asked me if I would like to be tagged as part of The Next Big Thing- Authors Tagging Authors, I was happy to do it. I’m opening this blog up next month for guest blogs, blog tour stops, etc, so this seemed like the perfect kick off to the blog’s new phase.

Let me introduce you to Natalie: Not only is Natalie an author, she is an oil painter, song writer and vocalist! Natalie is drawn to all things Irish and longs to visit Ireland. She can’t explain why her Irish ancestry has become so important to her, but she feels a strong sense of belonging when learning more about her Irish roots. You can check out all her books and other forms of art at her website,

Thank you, Natalie, for inviting me to participate in “The Next Big Thing”. Now it’s my turn to answer the questions and tag other authors at the end of my blog post.

What is the working title of your next book?

IXEOS: Rebellion. The tentative release date is the first week of June!

Where did the idea for the book come from?

IXEOS: Rebellion is Book 2 of the IXEOS Trilogy. The series is about an alternate earth, humanoid aliens, and the rebellion of the enslaved humans with a little help from some teens from our earth. The idea for the story came from a combination of a story in National Geographic about the almost 200 miles of tunnels under Paris, and a kayaking outing my daughter and I had.

What genre does your book fall under?

What genre doesn’t it fall under! It’s YA dystopian sci-fi fantasy. Thriller.

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

Liam Hemsworth would be good as Clay, since he’s a big, beachy kind of guy. Jennifer Lawrence would be a good Neahle, and Logan Lehrman could be Marty. For the older characters… Hugh Jackman could be Darian, Christian Bale might be a good Vasco, and Josh Lucas for Abacus.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Finally freed from his long imprisonment, rebel leader Darian must bring the humans of Ixeos together to fight a common enemy, the alien Firsts.

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

I’m an indie author! I have a small publishing company called Ross James Publishing, which is the imprint on my books.

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

I write pretty quickly. The first draft took about 30 days of actual writing, but there were some interruptions along the way. Probably about two months altogether.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) was the inspiration for me to start writing novels. After that, it’s been full steam ahead! C

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

The overriding theme of the trilogy is purpose, destiny and doing the thing you were meant to do.


Here are some great authors who volunteered to be tagged for The Next Big Thing – Authors Tagging Authors:

FRAN VEAL – Mystery/thriller/suspense  “Finding My Escape”

C. ELLE KENT – Christian romance   “Finding Grace”

LEELAND ARTRA – Fantasy  “Thread Slivers”


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