Thanks for having me over, Julie!
1. From idea to final product, how did The Mistaken come to be?
The idea came from a song, 30 Seconds To Mars’ Hurricane. The lyrics—“Tell me, would you kill to save a life? Would you kill to prove you’re right?”—intrigued me, and really got me thinking: I wondered, what could drive a good man to commit a violent crime, and could he redeem himself afterwards? Though I added many layers to the story, and the characters’ motivation evolved, the heart of the story never changed. In the end, the story’s theme of forgiveness emerged.
2. Can you give us a brief summary of your writing process? Plotter? Pantser? Somewhere in between?
I sat down each evening while watching TV and handwrote what I thought was an outline, so that would make me a plotter, right? But now I’m thinking that outline was really a first draft, sans dialogue and setting. After all, it was fully detailed. So maybe I’m actually a pantser since I wrote that first draft off the top of my head.
3. The Mistaken is published by Sapphire Star Publishing. Can you tell us a bit about your experience with a small publisher?
After querying fifty or so agents, I decided to submit directly to a new small press I’d been hearing about. Shortly thereafter, SSP offered me a contract contingent on one major revision. Once I agreed, the deal was done, and I’ve been very happy. SSP owners Amy Lichtenhan and Katie Henson are both knowledgeable and work hard, promoting each book and author. They gave me a great deal of control over cover design and promotion, and support me like I’m a member of the family, because that’s what we are at SSP. And a happy family at that!
4. Can you offer us any advice about book promotion? What's working for you and what isn't?
It’s early, but so far Twitter and Facebook are working well. Even more effective is blogging. Besides my own blog tour, my publisher has an extensive tour set up with a slew of book bloggers and reviewers. They’ve also sent my book out to all the well-known, major book reviewers. I’ve also had a great response from the successfully published authors I’ve requested blurbs from. Amazon will prove to be a great resource, as is Goodreads, both of which publish ratings and reviews for The Mistaken. I’ve been fortunate enough to have great preliminary feedback well before my launch date.
5. Is there any writing or publishing advice you'd like to share with us?
Oh, I have tons, but I’d say the most important things to remember are to always be true to yourself and write what you love most; finish your first draft before trying to revise it; find and utilize as many critique partners—not beta readers—as you can, especially the really tough ones; query widely; and, as Winston Churchill famously said, “Never quit!”
Thanks again, Julie!
Thank you Nancy for stopping by and sharing your experience with us :)
Visit Nancy’s blog, follow, and leave a comment during her book tour for a chance to win an ARC of The Mistaken. Plus, 5 runner-up winners will each receive an ebook.
Praise for The Mistaken:
“A deliciously slow burn that builds to a ferocious crescendo, Nancy S. Thompson's THE MISTAKEN kept me riveted until the very last page. Tyler Karras is a complex and flawed protagonist, and his redemptive journey makes him the perfect anti-hero. This psychological suspense is a standout, and I can't wait for Thompson's next book.”
~ Jennifer Hillier, author of CREEP and FREAK
“Nancy S. Thompson's debut novel, The Mistaken, is a first-rate thriller full of hair-raising twists and turns. Pursued by the police and the Russian mafia in San Francisco, brothers Tyler and Nick Karras are fascinating, fully-drawn, desperate characters. The action is non-stop. Thompson's taut, intriguing tale of revenge, mistaken identity, kidnapping and murder will keep you enthralled and entertained.”
~Kevin O’Brien, New York Times Bestselling Author of DISTURBED and TERRIFIED
“Fast-paced and emotionally gripping - once the ride begins, you won't stop reading until it ends." ~Alex J. Cavanaugh, author of CASSAFIRE and CASSASTAR
The Mistaken Blog tour:
10/23: Julie Musil
10/25: Matthew MacNish
10/26: LG Smith
10/27: Aimee Jodoin
10/29: Heather M. Gardner
10/31: Jennifer Hillier
11/19: Arlee Bird