The Next Big Thing: CRESCENDO

I’ve been invited to participate in the Next Big Thing blog series, in which authors get to describe what they are working on right now. I was invited to participate by my fellow Sister in Crime member, Donis Casey, who posted her own Next Big Thing last week at

At the end of this blog you will see other writer friends of mine who will tell you about their Next Big Thing next week. Each of us will answer the same ten questions about our upcoming books or projects. Here they are:

What is your working title of your book?
CRESCENDO is book three of my Steven Hawk/Inola Walela trilogy, scheduled for release February 19, 2013.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
Actually the first climactic scene came to me in a dream. A woman clutching a small duffel bag, her hand pulling out a fistful of money, wind whipping the bills into the air, her screaming, “Where is my son?” The visual kept haunting me until I figured out a way to work the scene into the main plot of the novel.

What genre does your book fall under?
As with all of my novels and many short stories I’ve written: Psychological Suspense

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Angelina Jolie would be the dream Inola Walela. I’ve always envisioned Henry Simmons as Steven Hawk. Tantoo Cardinal would be fantastic as Inola’s grandmother, Elisi…but Cher would be a blast!

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Native American female cop risks everything to keep a boy safe.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
The entire series is presented by Second Wind Publishing, an independent publisher just outside Winston-Salem, NM

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About one month. I do my best to write 2,000 words per day when I’m working through the first draft.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
This is always a difficult question as I strive to create books and stories that are truly original. I suppose Lisa Gardner’s Gone.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
No real inspiration, except that I knew I wanted to feature a strong Native American woman. I enjoyed writing the Inola scenes with her grandmother most. Thinking I may write a novella or two featuring these two characters.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Along with this being a suspense novel, featuring the granddaughter/grandmother relationship, NA elements, probably the location of the Great Smoky Mountains of North   Carolina. It has been a pleasure sharing what I know and what I’ve discovered during my research of this breathtaking region of the nation.

Crescendo-DJLedford- Front Cover

Thanks so much for the opportunity to give you a little teaser about CRESCENDO. Here’s a bit more of a synopsis: One murdered woman. A missing child. The diabolic father who will do anything to get his son back. The female cop who risks everything to keep the boy safe.

And now, here are the links to other excellent writers who will be telling you about their own Next Big Thing during the week of December 10th.

Fellow Second Wind Publishing author, Christine Husom –
Aaron Paul Lazar –
Connie Flynn –
Clark Lohr –

Deborah J Ledford’s latest suspense novel SNARE, the New Mexico Book Award Finalist, and The Hillerman Sky Award Finalist, is book two of her Deputy Hawk/Inola Walela thriller series. STACCATO, book one of the serial, is also available. Both novels are published by Second Wind Publishing. To find out more about Deborah, receive a Free Download of the first chapters of her novels, and to read a few previously published short stories, she invites you to visit her homepage at the Second Wind Publishing website and her personal website.


Filed under writing

9 responses to “The Next Big Thing: CRESCENDO

  1. Hey Deb, It’s always interesting to read about another writer’s process and this is no exception. It takes quite a bit of talent to write successful psychological suspense and you do it well. So Cher would play one of your characters, huh? She one of my heroes. No matter who knocks her down, she just gets back up and reinvents herself. Amazing woman.

    • Hey Connie–great to see you here. Wishing you many views for your Next Big Thing next week. Yeah, Cher would be my dream. Elisi is quick–witted and with her tongue, never one to back down from a challenge.

  2. Whoops I forgot to add that Cher reminds me of you . . . well, maybe you don’t sing as well, but maybe you do.

  3. Excited to read more
    Thank you for sharing Ill check them out.

  4. Looking forward to reading this one.

  5. Great post, Deborah, and thanks for including me. I posted my blog this morning. I love the intensity of your stories!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.