The Next Big Thing – Blog Hop

Thank you Heidi for the nomination – it’s my first one on WordPress!  And rest assured – it’s coming back to you so you can tell us about another one of your fabulous books.  Since my current project is the sequel – and it’s the book on my mind right now – I’m going to talk about Black Irish.

What is the title of your book?

Black Irish

Where did the idea come from for the book?  The idea for this book came from a lot of places – my own experience as an indie children’s writer, my Irish grandfather, a course I took at the University of Iowa that at the time bored me to tears but seems to be the one I took the most away from.

What genre will your book be?

Contemporary/Suspense Romance

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

When I wrote Black Irish it was the first time ever I did not have an actor or athlete in mind for my  characters.  The original template for Sloan O’Riley was my grandfather.  It was months – and a lot of debate between my favorite people – before I discovered which celebrities fit.


Wade Barrett as Sloan O’Riley

I soooo didn’t intend this.  I have a guilt pleasure – pro wrestling.  For me it’s mindless entertainment.  And up until now I was not a Wade Barrett fan.  But one night while I was agonizing over the question “Who would play Sloan?” Wade’s entrance music hit and he came striding out and yep – that was it!  He’s tall, he’s built, he has a sexy cocky smile and he almost has a Irish brogue (he’s British).  He’s close enough for me.

jennifer lawerence

Jennifer Lawrence  as Abbey Wright.  

I was looking for someone who didn’t swoon openly because Abbey doesn’t – at least most of the time.  She can put up a pretty steel front to Sloan during the second half of the book even though inside she’s weak kneed.  And we all know Jennifer Lawrence can kick butt *coughkatnisscoughhungergamescough*.

liam neeson

Liam Neeson as Gordon

To me he has the gentleness to be protective of Abbey and the father figure to Sloan all the while being able to kick ass as a former IRA Commander.

What is a one-sentence synopsis of your book?

With a boyfriend back in Iowa how can Abbey stay in New York and work intimately with the sinfully sexy Sloan even if he is gay?  And when Sloan is threatened to be deported, how far would Abbey go to keep him in the U.S.?  What would Abbey do if she ever discovered the truth about Sloan’s sexuality – or learned the deeper, darker secret he’s been hiding?  (Yes – it’s three sentences…)

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

I am still happy dancing.  I just signed with Secret Cravings Publishing to publish Black Irish and it’s two sequels!!!

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

Eight weeks – I think.

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

The funny thing is – I don’t normally read this genre.  I read paranormal.  So I have no idea.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My grandpa and therefore my Irish heritage.  My husband has a great deal of Irish in his family too (our poor kids…)

What else about your book might pique the readers’ interest?

Black Irish takes several strange twists.  Just when you are settling into the plot line it takes an unexpected turn.


Now on to my five nominees……….

Heidi (backatcha’!)


Cristian Mihai


Lesley Carter


About triciaandersen

I am the author and illustrator of the children's book "The Peculiar Princess". I am also the author of two adult fantasy romance novels, "The Sorceress of Savon" and "The Woodcutter King of Muladin". Along with being an author I am married to a wonderful guy and have three beautiful children. I coach youth track and field, sew and chase my children around to their various activities.

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