Posted by: Thomas Drinkard | January 24, 2013

Blog Hop Post for “Devil’s Blade”

Hello, I’m participating, with several others, in a blog hop. We’re posting information about our works in progress or latest publication.  Richard Weatherly invited me to participate and answer several questions.

I’ve been asked to answer the following questions for the Blog Hop.

1: What is the working title of your book? The book is titled, Devil’s Blade.

2: Where did the idea come from for the book? Several sources.  I wanted to write about confronting physical evil—in the person of the antagonist, Halyard Moonleigh—at the same time  the protagonist is facing a long-delayed resolution of old emotional conflicts.
3: What genre does your book fall under? Thriller and mystery both.
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? I don’t know enough about Hollywood types to directly answer the question.  My best answer is that previously unknown actors/actresses would do best. The three hardest parts to fill would the protagonist, Malacca Longwood; his sweetheart, Chloe; and the shade of Mama Marie, the voodoo queen.
5. One sentence synopsis of your book? NYPD detective catches a serial killer who escapes and resurfaces in the detective’s home town.
6: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Devil’s Blade is published.  At the moment, it is exclusive to Amazon at
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? About a year.  I was working on other projects at the same time.
8: What other work of fiction would you compare this story to within your genre? A tough question. I read a lot and haven’t encountered a book that includes the elements present in Devil’s Blade.
9: Who or What inspired you to write this book?  I think that the answer to #2 partially addresses this question.  The antagonist, Moonleigh, is flaying his victims.  When I searched flaying on the internet, I ran across references that led me to the blade and the obsessions of the killer.
10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?  Detective, Malacca Longwood, is dealing with a clever, deranged and obsessive killer.  He has help not available to anyone else—his grandmother, who he calls Mama Marie—she is a Voodoo Queen who’s been dead for twenty-two years.
The Amazon Link, above, takes to the Devil’s blade page and offers a sample that goes into Chapter 8.  Enjoy!

My fellow author, Rich Weatherly, has a Work in Progress called, Operation Pandemonium the book is a sequel to Toxic Situations, the novella that opens the book, Closed Doors, A Trilogy.

Rich maintains a fine blog at

I’ve been privileged to read the first six chapters of Operation Pandemonium.  I was delighted to see that Rich has answered questions about people and circumstances I’d been wondering about since I read Toxic Situations. I hope the new book is ready soon.  I’m looking forward to another great read.

I’ve also invited my author friend, Aaron Lazar, to participate in the blog hop. He’ll be posting on his blog next week at :

Happy reading and writing.


  1. Hi, Tom. Thanks for having me on your blog hop. My stop on this hop will come live on Monday, the 27th. See you there at

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