The Next Big Thing – What I’m Writing Now

Today I’m going to talk about my upcoming book, FOREWARNING, as part of the Next Big Thing blog series. I was invited to share my plans by the marvelous Kris Neri, author of the Tracy Eaton mysteries and the Samantha Brennan & Annabelle Haggerty Magical Mystery. You can find out more about her at:

At the bottom of this post I list the next five authors who will be talking about their work next week. Be sure to look them up.

What is your working title of your book?

FOREWARNING – Book 1 in the Horses and Healing series

 Where did the idea come from for the book?

I’ve had horses most of my life and love the outdoors. I also use alternative medical techniques for many health problems. I wanted to write about both of these within an intriguing story. Having visited the Oregon Cascades, I thought they would make a great setting for a horse ranch.

 What genre does your book fall under?

 It’s a cross-genre book with suspense, romance and a touch of the paranormal.

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

That’s really hard to answer. I think Stana Katic, who plays Kate Beckett on the Castle series, would be good for Kasey. (If she’d agree to go auburn.) Matthew McConaughey might do for Jim. Still trying to think of someone dark, muscular and intense for TJ.

 What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Forced to use the healing skills she has rejected, Kasey Martin saves an injured man and begins an unexpected journey of danger, rebirth and love.

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

I plan to self-publish it on all the epub venues, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.

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

It was the first long novel I attempted and I had a lot to learn, so it took much longer than it would now. Probably about two years. I revised it several times and then put it aside to work on my just published book WYOMING ESCAPE.

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

Since it’s cross-genre, I can’t think of a close fit, but Robyn Carr’s books are similar in tone.

 Who or what inspired you to write this book?

One of my horses had physical problems that traditional veterinary medicine couldn’t solve, so we embarked on an exploration of alternative modalities. Some were helpful and others weren’t. The technique that proved the best for her, and ultimately for my husband and myself, is similar to what I describe in the story.

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

It’s the first in a series with the theme “Horses and Healing.” My next book will feature a psychologist who uses horses in her practice.


 Next week five more writers will share their answers to these questions about their upcoming books.

Nora Barker is the author of four published ebooks, all of which involve murder on a small Midwestern university campus. You can find her at

K.R. Morrison, author of BE NOT AFRAID. A prequel, UNHOLY TRINITY and a sequel, RESURGENCE: THE RISE OF JUDAS will be published in early 2013.
Blog link:

Annie Adams is the author of THE FINAL ARRANGEMENT, a cozy mystery and part of the Flower Shop Mystery Series including the Zombie Delivery Van. Her blog link:

D’Ann Burrows is the author of SMALL TOWN SECRETS. You can find her blog at

Mardi Ballou is the  author of fun, sexy romance with a twist of wry. She’ll be blogging at

Categories: Books, Horses, Romantic suspense, Western romance | 7 Comments

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7 thoughts on “The Next Big Thing – What I’m Writing Now

  1. twambrose

    Hi Kate, congrats on the new book and best of luck with it. I happen to know Nora Barker, so I’m glad to see her name in the upcoming list. I just did this last week and it was fun!

  2. Sounds like an intriguing cocktail of genres! What fun! Are you a Sagittarius?

  3. Definitely a read for me since I’m horse-oriented. Sounds great!

  4. Thank you. I do like writing about horses.

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