This is so fun!
In a few seconds I’m going to share with you my Next Big Thing, but first thanks to Staci Stallings, who’s one of my writer friends on Facebook, for tagging me in the Next Big Thing blog hop! This is the Next Big Thing blog hop in which you get to hop back and forth through the posts to find new and exciting authors and books. Some authors will share upcoming books, some will share already released books, others will give you a peek into their current work in progress! So hop around and enjoy all of the excitement!
The Next Big Thing:
What is the title of your book?
My book is called The Elite of the Weak. It’s the first book in the Revelation Special Ops (RSO) series.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
The idea for my book came through the 2008 OneThing conference, a conference that IHOPKC (International House of Prayer, Kansas City) does every year. They challenged everyone to read the whole book of Revelation every week for 1 year. I did this for a year and a half, because the Lord was showing me so much.
What genre does your book fall under?
My book is a YA Supernatural Thriller. There are spies, gadgets, international intrigues and miraculous incidences.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Hm…I don’t watch many movies anymore, so I had to do some serious research for this answer. Here’s what I came up with:
- Hadassah Michelman (main character): Imogen Poots, but she’d have to dye her hair a very dark brown for the role.
- Asher Michelman (Hadassah’s dad): John Rhys Davies (a.k.a. Gimli the Dwarf)
- Eva Michelman (Hadassah’s mom): Catherine Zeta Jones, since I think she’s the only one who could lay the smack down like Eva can.
- Matthew Cho (Hadassah’s friend): John Cho (I had to look this one up for sure)
- Aaron Cooper (RSO founder): Derek Luke
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Hadassah, a teen who is heartbroken about the realities of modern slavery, uses the spy skills she learned from her mom to fight human trafficking with a Christian organization called Revelation Special Ops.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
My book is indie-published. There were many who helped me get there, so I shy away from the term self-published at this point. I had the help of critique partners, editors, an amazing cover designer and a very patient, very loving husband who knew everything I didn’t about explosives and guns.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It took me a month to write the first draft of The Elite of the Weak, and a year to polish it up.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
There are some similarities with the Left Behind series, because of the End Times theme, but I’m writing with a completely different paradigm, doctrine and story.
I found an author recently who is also writing about the international problem of human trafficking. You can learn about Kimberly Rae’s books here.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
The work of several organizations inspired The Elite of the Weak. First, there was Love146, an organization that was founded by some people who are very dear to me. They work to raise awareness about the issues of human trafficking and they build safe homes to restore those whose childhood and dignity were stolen. Through Love146, I learned about Gary Haugen and his organization called International Justice Mission (IJM). They go into some of the brothels and rescue the girls, as well as bring justice against the perpetrators. Then I learned about Exodus Cry, which is a prayer movement with abolition as its goal. They also have built safe houses in several places across the globe. You can find out about each one of these organizations, and more, on my LINKS page.
Many have asked me why I decided to write a story about human trafficking with an End Times theme, and here’s the reason: I long for total abolition. I earnestly pray for it. With every spare moment and dime I work to spread the word and support organizations that work on the ground. But in this age there will never be total abolition. Human beings have been exploiting one another since the fall and will continue to do so until Jesus returns. If I was going to write true hope into the story, I had to include the ultimate justice and abolition: the return of Jesus.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
You’ll visit exotic places, you’ll read through heroic deeds that are similar to what some are actually doing, and there’s also a bit of romance for those romantics among you!
Here are some other writers you can visit right now! Some have answered these same questions today and some will answer them on Dec. 17: