The Next Big Thing

By Piper Bayard

We usually avoid writing about writing on our blog, but it’s time for an update. Big things are happening for Holmes and I this year. Not only are we now featured bloggers at the Social N Network*, but we have been picked up by Stonehouse Ink Publishing. The first book due out is one of mine, SEEDS, a dystopian sci-fi that will be released this spring. Look for our Bayard & Holmes spy thriller, APEX PREDATOR, later this year.

When I mentioned our progress to our great friend and International Best Selling Author Vicki Hinze, Vicki immediately invited me to participate in the Next Big Thing Blog Hop.

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

A Blog Hop is a way for readers to discover new authors. On this stop, I’ll tell you a bit about SEEDS by answering ten set questions, and then I’ll link you to other authors who answer the same questions.

My gratitude to Vicki Hinze for inviting me to participate in this event.  You can click the following links to learn more about Vicki and her books.

Website:  Vicki Hinze

Buy her books:

The Next Big Thing

1: What is the working title of your book?


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

The story I like to tell is how I was SCUBA diving one day when a handsome merman with a striking resemblance to Hugh Jackman gave me a magic abalone shell with the word “destiny” engraved on it. I asked him if he’d like to have dinner with me. You know. As friends. I mean, my husband wouldn’t mind. Not too much. Hugh Jackman Merman declined with some tale about needing to sort his mer-socks. So I surfaced and opened the shell. Inside were the words “apocalypse,” “famine,” and “prophet.” Then, I fell into a magical sleep and woke up with the book fully formed in my mind. . . . That’s the story I like to tell.

The truth is that I haven’t got a clue. I wake up at 4 a.m. with this stuff in my head and write it down. I don’t make it up. It moves through me.

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Hugh Jackman Merman, image from US Navy

3: What genre does your book come under?

SEEDS is a dystopian sci-fi thriller.

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

My dearest hope is that one day Kristen Stewart will star . . . Just kidding. Really.

The main character, Archer, I envision as something of a Kiera Knightley. Her love interest, Quinn, could be played by Ian Somerhaulder, Chris Pine, Liam Hemsworth, or Hugh Jackman Merman. I’m not picky.

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

In a post-apocalyptic world where hunger is a weapon, a huntress must befriend her worst enemy to overthrow a theocratic dictator before he exterminates her people.

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

SEEDS will be traditionally published by indie publisher, Stonehouse Ink. I didn’t put much effort into finding an agent, but Holmes and I do work closely with our publishing attorney and fellow author, Susan Spann.

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

All my life. But for the purposes of this question, four months.

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

Parts of SEEDS have an unfortunate resemblance to THE HUNGER GAMES, which I never even heard of before writing my first draft. Apparently, almost every author who’s been in the business for long has suffered this unjust circumstance so I’m rolling with it. Taking it on the chin. Sucking it up. I don’t mind. Really. *stabs voodoo doll with pin*

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

A friend offered me the opportunity to sell life insurance. It made sense and dovetailed nicely with my law degree. Thinking about it, I realized that if I accepted, I would die some day having never written a book. I declined her offer and got busy. So on all of those days when I’d rather watch the dog catch flies than work, I remember that I could be selling insurance and I clock in at the WIP.

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

SEEDS, while it does not contain a Hugh Jackman Merman, is a story with many levels that can alter with every read. It can be a light action thriller, a future world escape, or an experience of the limitless change that is possible in one seemingly isolated act. Every reader will see something different in it.

This is what people are saying about SEEDS.

“With echoes of UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN and HUNGER GAMES, SEEDS is a sprawling adventure ranging across a world racked by post-apocalyptic want, denial, and prophetic dictum. Equal parts heroic quest and morality play, it races forward on a current of deftly woven characters and breakneck action, never failing to deliver what every reader wants—a helluva good story.” ~~ Ryne Douglas Pearson, screenwriter of KNOWING and bestselling author of SIMPLE SIMON and CONFESSIONS

“SEEDS envisions a terrifying and prescient future of a United States lost to the worst extremes.  Piper Bayard’s wonderfully relevant and beautifully realized fantasy tale would make George R.R. Martin proud as it combines the best of CHILDREN OF MEN with Stephen King’s seminal THE STAND. . . . The result is a major debut that is not to be missed.”~~ Jon Land, bestselling author of STRONG AT THE BREAK and BETRAYAL

“Piper Bayard explodes on the scene in SEEDS. Creative. Imaginative. Chilling and reassuring. A captivating tale well told.”~~ Vicki Hinze, bestselling author of DUPLICITY

These are the other authors on today’s Hop:

1.  Kathy Carmichael

2.  Kimberly Lyllewellyn

3.  Buzz Bernard

4.  Kellie Sharpe

Below are the authors who will join the Hop next Wednesday. I hope you will bookmark them and add them to your calendars for updates on WIPs and New Releases.

1.  Ellie Ann

2.  Jen L. Kirchner

3.  K.B. Owen

4.  Kerry Schafer

5.  Susan Spann

What is the Next Big Thing happening for you in 2013?

*The Social N Network is a network of news and events sites in over thirty cities across the US with a collective following upward of 500k. The flagship site is SocialInDC. Lonny Dunn of ProNetworkBuild is the brains and talent behind the business.

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The End is Near (and we deserve it). . . . Bacon Coffin

You get a slice of life. The Bacontrepreneurs have this bacon coffin for those who would like a slice in death.

Well, I suppose jihadis would never disturb your final resting place…. And if you buy it now, you can take a page from the Kiss Coffin and use it as a beer cooler.

Blogs and Articles in No Particular Order

For quite some time, the publishing industry has been going the way of Kodak and the music industry. Hear that bell tolling? The Big Six don’t. Good thing best selling author Kristen Lamb is on top of this as Microsoft now weds with Barnes & Noble in a move that makes traditional publishing obsolete. A must read for authors. Big Six Publishing is Dead–Welcome the Massive Three

Brace yourselves. If you’re not moved by this, don’t bother checking your pulse. You don’t have one. . . . On Good Friday, 5-month old Avery was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (“SMA”), the number one genetic killer of babies under the age of two in the US. Avery’s parents spent several days in shock, and then got busy working to give their daughter the fullest life she could have. They made Avery’s Bucket List and posted it online to raise awareness of SMA. Then they set to work checking it off. Taste a cupcake, play with Playdoh, go to a ballgame, and so much more. But mostly, Avery and her parents are making millions of people aware of SMA.

Avery’s last smile.

Avery’s motto? Whatever I bring to life, because I don’t have time to wait for life to bring anything to me. Avery passed away in her parents’ arms on April 30. Click here to find out how much this little girl accomplished in twenty-two weeks, and how you can help in the fight against SMA. Avery’s Bucket List

To lighten up a bit, we can always count on the seemingly endless wit of Paige Kellerman. Whether or not you share her horror of health food, this post is funny. Farmer’s Market

Ellie Soderstrom brightens our day, as well, with Hilarious Old Ads. Yes, I actually remember a couple of them.

Every bit as interesting as the horses, but in a very different way, the Kentucky Derby brings all manner of hats out of the woodwork. Don’t Get Poked! — Kentucky Derby Hats Gallery

Tiffany A. White brings out the Oooo! Factor with this week’s Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday. Can Sex Mend a Broken Relationship?

Fantastic Twitter advice from Author Kait Nolan. 10 Things Writers Shouldn’t Say in a DM

Teen Girl Petitions Seventeen Magazine to Stop Airbrushing Models. You go, girl!

I love having teens in the house. My son turned me on to the Ultimate Rap Battles of History, and I ended up watching these things for half an hour.

Would you want a bacon coffin? Would you use it as a beer cooler? How about one of those hats?

All the best to all of you for bringing a slice to life.

Piper Bayard

The End is Near (and we deserve it). . . . Man has Heart Attack at Heart Attack Grill

A gentleman was enjoying the Triple Bypass Burger at the Heart Attack Grill when he apparently went into cardiac arrest.

He certainly can’t sue for false advertising.

There were several contenders this week…

My thanks to Kerry Meacham for sending me this article. World’s Largest Breasts Save Drunk Driver’s Life

A big thank you, too, to Angela Quarles for this wonderful tidbit. “Toylet” Turns Bathroom into an Arcade

Both of these articles are more proof that The End is Near (and we deserve it).

Blogs and Articles in No Particular Order

Bracing for Impact – The Future of Big Publishing in the New Paradigm. A brilliant analysis of the shifting sands by Kristen Lamb.

There’s quite the dance going on with Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Clever Moves All Around in the B&N and Amazon Chess Game.

Seems every time I get a handle on Facebook and Twitter, they change. Luckily, I’ve got Lonny Dunn at ProNetworkBuild to help me keep it sorted out. New Twitter Tips

Remember Whitney Houston? A tribute by Mark Kaplowitz.

Ellie Ann is always putting out so much good material that I couldn’t choose this week. One is some positive news out of Iraq about what one nonprofit, SALT, is doing to help that country learn to develop itself. What’s with All the Iraqi Agricultural Buzz? She also has a funny, clever post, Women as Objects.

Debra Kristi and her guest blogger, Diane Capri remind us just how much Big Brother sees. We See You (whether you know it or not)

Welcome award winning author and lovely lady Justine Davis to the blogosphere. Welcome!

A fun post from Amy Shojai about the literary and computing abilities of cats. How Cats Read & Computer Cat-Astrophe

Are you aware that political parties are now keeping detailed information about you in their databases? Obama’s White Whale: How a Top-Secret Obama Campaign Program Could Change the 2012 Race. I am guessing this isn’t just the democrats.

On the other hand, Bayard/Lamb 2012 never collects your data for any reason. This week, we’re honored to have a Campaign Blog Stop at Laird Sapir’s. Stop by and find out how the metric system contributed to the American Revolution, and how a pack of war dogs will improve Congress. A Foxie with Moxie Campaign Stop

For some warm and fuzzy, check out Natalie Hartford’s Valentine post. Valentine’s Day: Let the Love Palooza Continue

“Time of My Life”: Last Known WWI Veteran Dies at 110 via my esteemed blogging and spy novel writing partner, Holmes.

And finally, if you’re like me and enjoy talking to the animals, check out this fellow who was lucky enough to go surfing with a dolphin.

Would you ever eat a Triple Bypass Burger?

All the best to all of you for a week of cardiac health.

Piper Bayard