Next Big Thing Blog – Anasazi Whispers

Kris Neri, author of MAGICAL ALIENATION: 2012 New Mexico & Arizona Book Award Winner and 2012 Lefty Award Nominee, invited me to participate in the “Next Big Thing Blog.” This blog chain is a great way for authors to promote each other’s work.

You can find additional information on Kris and all of her books at

Kris and Joe Neri also own a wonderful bookstore in Sedona, Arizona called The Well-Red Coyote, voted best bookstore in Sedona. I have done two presentations there pertaining to Native American history and will be doing another presentation on Cannibalism and Violence in the Southwest on Saturday, February 16th, 2013 at 2p.

All authors participating in this blog chain are answering the following questions pertaining to their work in progress, so here is my interview pertaining to my third novel in the Ancient Ones series, titled “Anasazi Whispers.”

Where did the idea come from for the book? Anasazi Whispers is part of The Ancient Ones series, so the idea originates from the progression of plot from the first and second novels.

  1. What genre does your book fall under? The book is a paranormal mystery novel, but all my books also have strong elements of paranormal romance. Anasazi Whispers also has scenes that go back into the prehistoric past, so also delves into historical fiction.
  2. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Jennifer Marie Morrison, who plays the role of Emma Swan in the TV show “Once Upon a Time,” would make a good Lorelei. Chris Hemsworth, who played Thor in the feature movie, would make a perfect Ian. Joe, my handsome Native American shaman, could be played by Kalani Queypo, who played in the film “The New World.”
  3. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? An FBI agent and Native American shaman, Joe Luna, along with the members of the Arizona-Irish Paranormal Research Society, attempt to solve a rather unusual murder/kidnapping case among the prehistoric Indian ruins of the Four Corners.
  4. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I am currently represented by Aberdeen Bay, a traditional publisher.
  5. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? The first draft took about six months.
  6. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Not sure my novels really compare to anything else. Probably Tony Hillerman as his mystery novels are also set in scenic locations.
  7. Who or what inspired you to write this book? This is the third in a series, and was inspired by my love of Southwestern archaeology and Native American history. It takes place in the Four Corners, including Hovenweep National Monument, Canyon of the Ancients and Chaco Canyon.
  8. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? There are many interesting elements to the books in my series, including metaphysical, paranormal, supernatural, prehistory of the Four Corners and archaeology. Readers that aren’t even interested in the paranormal find my books fascinating because there are such strong characters and non-stop adventure.

Please check out the following websites of some very talented authors who I have tagged for this blog chain:

Jenn Czep: Author, belly dancer, philanthropist, pirate – her blog is at This amazing young lady writes pirate novels, so her pirate group does yearly performances at the Phoenix Comicon and the Phoenix Zoo’s Howl-O-Ween event, among many others! I had the opportunity to see this performance at the Velma Teague Library in Glendale, Arizona, and they were very entertaining!

Lena Jo McCoy, author of “Special Run,” Lena is a very talented author, who also writes paranormal mysteries.

Karen Keilt, author of the International Thriller, “The Parrots Perch,” Karen’s book is based on her life in Brazil and is being turned into a Hollywood Movie, to premier in 2016!

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