Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Blog Hop….The Next Big Thing

Mary Tod (from http://awriterofhistory.com/) tagged me for a blog hop called THE NEXT BIG THING. The idea is to talk about my most recent novel, answering 10 questions, and then tagging another group of authors to do the same the following week. My topic is "Spy Island" a forthcoming historical spy thriller.

What is the working title of your book?
Spy Island
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Spy Island blends real life events with fictional elements. It started out from an inspirational idea that I could weave an adventure story around the fact that the U.S. acquired a Danish Caribbean colony in 1917 that had a well-entrenched German spy ring operating pretty much out in the open. I wove the narrative of the island girl who rescues the German U-boat deserter who is later blackmailed into committing espionage around this premise, which resulted in an old-fashioned spy thriller with an exotic Caribbean setting.

What genre does your book fall under?
It's both Historical Fiction and Spy Thriller

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Abigail Maduro:    Odeya Rush
Erich Seibold:        Daniel Brühl
Nana Jane:             Alfre Woodard
Cooky Betty:         Octavia Spencer
Judge Henrik Neergaard:   Bernard Hill
Herr Dreyer/Langsdorff:     Christoph Walz
Jens Jørgensen:      Max von Sydow

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A precocious island girl befriends a German U-boat deserter, then teams up with him to rid her island of a nest of German spies.

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

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I wanted to transport the reader back in time, to the height of the Great War, to a fading sugar colony in the West Indies. My goal was to recreate life as it was back then. The fact that so much of the story is based on truth is icing on the cake. The trick with Historical Fiction is to keep digging until you get the real story.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
"Spy Island" will be self-published on Amazon.com in time for Xmas.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
"Spy Island" has the runaway German soldier theme like in "Summer of My German Soldier", an exotic setting like in "Nim's Island", and spy thriller elements like a Ken Follett novel such as "Hornet Flight". 

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
Readers who love the Edwardian period through WWI will love "Spy Island" because it immerses the reader in that era. The period dancing and music, horse carriages sharing streets with motorcars, victrolas playing in the background, the end of the colonial era, it's like watching one of those old Geoffrey Holder 7-up commercials.

"Spy Island" also boasts an international cast of quirky characters that range from a witty Irish sailor to Old World Danish characters, German spy characters, colorful West Indian characters and a spirited heroine who will capture your heart. So pour yourself a rum & coke, add a twist of lime, and let yourself be transported back to the old West Indies. You'll be in for a Helluva time!

Can this girl save her island from a nest of German spies?


And now to tag our next awesome author:
 For Wednesday, December 12th:
I am pleased to introduce Patricia O'Sullivan, a prolific author of historical fiction  whose current novels are "Hope of Israel" and "Legend of the Dead". She specializes in American history during the colonial period and blogs about it at  http://legendofthedead.blogspot.com/


  1. Spy Island sounds like a great story, Sophie. I hope its a success with readers!

  2. Thank you so much! It has truly been a labor of love.