The Next Big Thing Blog Hop – Part 2

I’ve been tagged for the The Next Big Thing Blog Hop. Again. The post for my response for A Scream In The Woods is here.

H. Conrad Miller over at A Side of Writing has nominated me this time and fortunately, I have another WIP to talk about.

For those of you not familiar with this Blog Hop started on She Writes and it has spread like a wild-fire all over the blogosphere. It’s an opportunity to post about your latest WIP.

Here’s how it works:

If I tag you, use this format for your post
. Include an introduction to your interview post and a link to the person who tagged you for participation.
 Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress). Include some pictures if possible.

Tag five other writers/bloggers by sending them an email or commenting on their blogs and then add their links to the end of your interview post. The original posts stated their answers should go up the week after. I’m relaxed about how long you take to post. No pressure 🙂

The blog post should be labelled:
 The Next Big Thing Blog Hop.

Easy enough post and good fun. Time for the questions!


1. What is the working title of your book?

I Can See You


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

I had a dream!

When on a mammoth break from writing (over a decade at the time) I had a dream about being chased by a dog. That one image brought me to a story idea I’d had years before. The dog doesn’t appear in the book in the same way as the dream, but it did spark me into writing the story. Thank you Fido 🙂


3. What genre does your book fall under?



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

The Main Protagonist is tricky. I can see what he looks like, but he isn’t based on anyone in particular. One of the other characters is a larger than life TV personality who IS Robbie Coltrane. That one is easy.

Robbie Coltrane

Robbie Coltrane (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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

When the body of a heroin addict turns up in an old, abandoned house, D.I. Jonathan Camwell is convinced it’s linked to a body dumped in a local park a few days earlier and the race is on to find the killer before the next victim adds to the body count.


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

As with A Scream In The Woods, I will try the traditional publishing route first, but the self-publishing option has a lot of appeal. I’m further along with this book so this will be the first for whatever choice I make.


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

If you have read any of my previous posts about this book, you’ll know I’ve been writing it since 1709 (I am incredibly old and sleep in a vat of cream every evening to stay youthful and relatively wrinkle free)

First draft took about six months to write. I had difficulty in acquiring the right inks back in 1709!

Quill and ink well at the State House

Quill and ink well at the State House (Photo credit: ktylerconk)


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

This is a British Crime novel and a police procedural. Along the lines of Mark Billingham or Peter Robinson. Hopefully. 🙂


9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Back in 1709 the reading material just didn’t stack up. I mean the parchments were difficult to obtain and the styles or writing tricky to read and understand.

Seriously, I always found it difficult to read books.

Before you ask, I can read!

But, I found too many books not to my liking. I wanted to tell a story in a style I would want to read. I wrote a few books in my early twenties and wanted to prove to myself that I could do it again. I Can See You is that book.


10. What else about your book might piqué the reader’s interest?

Everyone reading my book will become a millionaire**. No? Okay, maybe not.

I Can See You is the first book in a crime series based in and around the mean streets of Sheffield. My intention has been to write a character driven story that splices together their stories to keep you guessing whodunit to the end.


Here are the writers I’m tagging. Check out their blogs, and look for their posts coming to a computer screen or smart phone near you soon!

1. Lorna Dounaeva

2. It Started With A Click

3. Time to Write

4. Joanne Phillips

5. F.H. Hakansson


I’ve enjoyed participating in the The Next Big Thing Blog Hop. Again. Thanks for the invite, Conrad.



**Disclaimer. You WILL NOT actually become a millionaire after reading my book though your life will be enriched as a result.***


***Disclaimer. Your life WILL NOT be enriched from reading my book, but you will have my thanks. 🙂

About Pete Denton

I'm a writer working my way through the redrafts of a British crime novel. I also write short stories, flash fiction and some screen writing. Check out my blog for more.
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24 Responses to The Next Big Thing Blog Hop – Part 2

  1. Sounds good Pete. Good luck with it! 🙂

  2. robincoyle says:

    1709! I need to buy some of that cream, pronto! Great job here, Pete.

  3. EllaDee says:

    Interesting to hear what you are writing and why. The sleeping in a big vat of cream thing is working well for you 🙂

  4. jmmcdowell says:

    Sounds like an interesting story that my husband would really enjoy. We’ve really got to move these next big things from WIPs to published. 😉

  5. Have to say I’ve seen this blog hop around but it’s not as big as the A to Z Challenge, is it? Love the way that Fido got you back into writing. Aren’t dogs great!
    Rosalind Adam is Writing in the Rain

  6. Kourtney Heintz says:

    Sounds like a great crime novel. I have trouble picturing who would play my characters in a movie. I’d rather an up and comer than a big name. Someone to really embody the character. 🙂

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  8. 4amWriter says:

    I love the sound of a British crime novel, though I have never read any! I know what you mean about writing since 1709. I’ve been writing since 1706. It’s a long haul, isn’t it. 😉

    • Pete Denton says:

      It is a long haul. We spend so long writing and it may end up packed in a box somewhere or stored on a computer never to be read. We MUST NOT let that happen 🙂

      There are some good British Crime writers out there. Mark Billingham and Ian Rankin probably two of the better sellers. Loads more. You should give one a try sometime.

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  10. fhhakansson says:

    Sorry for the delay – but here I am! This seems interesting! A good criminal novels making me flip the pages is always welcome. I really want to know what happened to the heroin addict. Good luck on your third draft! I hope and agent or publisher picks it up 🙂 I’ll do my own post in a day or two!

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