Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Welcome, all. 

Today we're part of a blog hop, officially known as THE NEXT BIG THING.  Many thanks to C. Michael McGannon for inviting us to hop in after him.  You can check out his blog post at  He and D. C. McGannon are working on the next book in their YA series, Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters. It is going to be great!

 If you've never heard of a blog hop (which we hadn't until a month ago), it's a bit like a game of tag.  Our official assignment reads: 

 “THE NEXT BIG THING” is to raise awareness of our work, or work in progress. We do that by answering ten questions about it. We graciously thank the person who nominated us, and tag four to six other authors whose work could very well be THE NEXT BIG THING.

And now, tag we're it!

What is the working title of your next book?

 Pitch Green, set to come out March 16, 2013.  We're also working to finish its sequel, Mojave Green.

 Where did the idea come from for the book?

Ever since we were boys, around campfires or at late night gatherings, we have told a scary story that was sure to mesmerize and scare the socks off our listeners.  Our children now delight in terrorizing their children with the same story.  We took the seed of that tale, and turned it into Pitch Green, the 1st book in our Dimensions in Death Series.

What genre does your book fall under?

Young Adult Horror.  Definitely scary. 

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

That is a hard question.  Perhaps Hailee Steinfeld, who recently played Mattie Ross in True Grit, for our female protagonist.  Not sure who would match her male counterpart.  Gabrielle Anwar, from Burn Notice would do nicely for the FBI Agent who unknowingly helps them. For the two old FBI agents at the end of the book, Bruce Willis and Clint Eastwood.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Two teenagers try to discover why children in their little town keep disappearing, only to uncover an evil presence lurking in a old mansion that will kill them if they cannot discover its secrets.

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

Our book is being published by Jolly Fish Press.

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

About 3 or 4 months.

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

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.  Partly because grisly murders and threats of more stalk Bod, his main character, but mostly because we love Neil Gaiman's writing.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Andy and Berk attended the Backspace Writers Seminar in New York City, November 2010.  We attended different subgroups, both of us hearing from many agents that they wanted YA Horror manuscripts.  After the general session we found each other and said almost simultaneously, "We have a scary story to tell!"  We wandered the streets and subways of New York City, talking plot and characters.

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

Pitch Green will keep you up all night reading it, and then still keep you up listening for that stinky something that is coming to eat you.
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Here are the fabulous authors we’ve tagged to tell you about their Next Big Thing! 
They will be posting on 1/16/2013.   Enjoy!
Elsie Park -

Jenniffer Wardell -

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Here are some authors who are posting this week with us, also tagged by C. Michael McGannon.

Vicki M. Taylor

Pam Funke

Berk & Andy


  1. Cool blog hop! I CANNOT wait to read PITCH GREEN. I adore a good scary story, especially when it involves an old, creepy haunted house.

    1. Thanks, Teri, for being excited with us. And this old mansion is VERY CREEPY.

  2. Can't wait until it's out! Need a good, scary read. :)

    1. Many thanks, Michael, for your enthusiasm for Pitch Green--and for inviting us to join the blog hop. It's been great fun! We're rooting for your new book as well.

  3. Sounds fantastic! Love the title of the series too. Dimensions in Death - what a name! I wish you lots of luck with the release!

  4. Thanks for the encouraging words and kind wishes! We're excited to reveal more Dimensions in Death in Book 2. Many layers to our series title :)