The Next Big Thing : Black Shuck Actual

The Next Big Thing

by Ian Graham on 11/28/12

Welcome to this blog hop.

What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way that readers can discover new authors, because with bookstores closing and publishers not promoting new authors as much, we need to find a way to introduce readers to authors they may not see in their local bookstore.

Here you have the chance to find many new authors. Here you’ll find information about Ian Walkley and the book No Remorse, and also links to five other authors you might like to check out.

I’d like to thank fellow author Ian Walkley for tagging me to participate.

Click the links below to find out about Ian Walkley’s books.



Buy No Remorse:

In this particular hop, I and my fellow authors, in their respective blogs, have answered 10 questions where you get to learn about our current work in progress as well as some insights into our process, from characters and inspirations to plotting and cover decisions. I hope you enjoy it!

Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions.

10 Questions for Ian Graham, author of the Black Shuck thriller series:

1: What is the working title of your book?

Patriots & Tyrants is my presently published title. It's a collection of four stories, each featuring a character from my upcoming series. I am also working on the first full length novel in the series which is titled Veil of Civility and should be published in the Spring, hopefully around mid-March.

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

The idea for this series has been rolling around in my head for quite some time. It occured to me when I looked at the current crop of American action-thrillers out there and realized that a majority of them all featured heroes that were very similar. You know, all-American men with a military history as long as they are tall. Not that there's anything wrong with that by any means but I thought it would be neat to explore the genre from a different point of view.

My main character is a man named Declan McIver who was not born in and did not grow up in America. He grew up in Northern Ireland amid the thirty year civil war known as the Troubles and only emigrated to America after years of taking part in this bloody conflict.

3: What genre does your book come under?

My work is definitley in the Action-Thriller category. I grew up reading and watching the adventures of characters played by the likes of Chuck Norris and Sylvestor Stallone so that should give you a pretty good idea of what to expect.

I strive to create sympathetic characters with realistic life situations, but I don't shy away from the more fantastical elements of those type of stories either. My ideal reader reaction would "Cool!!" :)

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

Wow. I really had to give this one some thought. On top of the action stars mentioned above I have always had an appreciation for lesser known actors so based on looks alone I would have to pick Callum Keith Rennie (24, The Killing) to play Declan McIver and Devin Kelley (The Chicago Code) to play his wife, Constance. There are alot of other characters in the series but I'd be here all month trying to find actors to play everyone, so these are the two main characters.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

For Veil of Civility it is:

Can an ex-IRA volunteer stop a heinous terrorist attack against Americans when he finds himself pitted against a shadowy conpiracy?

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

I chose to go the self-publishing route because after months of research it just seemed to be the best way. I've been writing seriously for near ten years but if I were to start submitting to publishers it would still take me years to get a contract. On top of that, the publishing industry is going through so many changes so rapidly that self-publishing seems to be the most open ended way at the moment.

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

When I finally figured out what I was doing it took me about six months but that was after MANY false starts. They say the first book is the hardest and I agree. In the beginning you're not only trying to write a book, but you're also trying to figure out how YOU write a book. The process is different for everyone.

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

In a broad sense, I would compare my work to authors like Brad Thor and Vince Flynn since they are two names most people are likely to recognize. Every author has their own style so it's hard to compare too closely.

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The who is easy, it was my daughter. Her birth inspired me to take my writing seriously. Before that I really did it just for a personal outlet and had no intentions of publishing.

The what is a bit harder. I'm an American and as such I believe wholeheartedly in my country. I believe America has been a source of good for both it's own people and for the people of the world. Both America and the world currently find themselves facing a grave threats in the form of ballooning debts, radical Islam, politcal correctness and severe polarization in their citzenry. These are all issues that my characters struggle with and as such it's an outlet for my own thoughts and feelings in addition to being what I hope is an entertaining story for readers.

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

As I mentioned above, I believe the point of view of my main character is unique in the genre. He's a man who joined a terrorist organization at a young age while he was coping with a very violent wrong that was done to him. Through ther years he came to realize that his actions were wrong and sought to correct his course in life. Unfortunately other men were not as keen on letting him go and he was forced to struggle long and hard to acheive his goals. I think readers will be intrigued by the way he approaches certain situations when they compare his actions and reactions with some of the other literary heroes around today.

Below you will find other authors whose work is similar to my own and that you may be interested in as well. Be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on WIPs and New Releases! Happy Writing and Reading!

Stephen England:

Robert Bidinotto:

Andrew Scorah:

Ian Kharitonov:


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