The Next Big Thing

Elsie Park, another author in my publishing house, asked me to answer these questions as part of a “Next Big Thing” promotion.

What is the working title of your book?

The Samaritan’s Pistol

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Each year I take several horse trips to wilderness areas in Wyoming. Cowboys call a pistol a “horse first aid kit” in case of a broken leg in the back country. Luckily I’ve never even come close needing it or even gotten a horse seriously hurt. But we pack into some rugged country. A few years ago, with my pistol on my hip, I was near the trailhead and wondered what might happen If I ran into some bad people. 

What genre does your book fall under?

This is my favorite question. The Samaritan’s Pistol is a modern day western thriller that crosses multiple genres including crime, adventure and romance. There are important young adult and elderly characters; and with a title invoking my favorite parable, I hope people will find some inspiration.

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

I was watching “Lost” reruns during the first draft and pictured Josh Holloway in every scene. One of my favorite ancillary characters is a graying ranch hand named Brody. Everyone who’s read the manuscript pictures Clint Eastwood or Sam Elliot in the role, although I love Kris Kristofferson.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A Wyoming Wilderness guide saves a man’s life when he interrupts a Mafia execution.

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

Jolly Fish Press will release The Samaritan’s Pistol on August 24,2013.

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

 I wrote the first draft in two and a half months. It took me four years and eight re-writes to make it good enough to take second place in the League of Utah Writer’s contest for unpublished manuscripts and catch a publisher’s attention.

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

 I haven’t read anything similar. Even though there are many books I can’t put down from authors better than me. My publisher likened it to “True Grit” in the sense that they felt it could appeal to a national audience.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

 I’ve always enjoyed telling stories that make people smile. In addition, I love reading stories that make me think. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is my favorite book. Every day since childhood, I’ve had the idea for a novel. “The Samaritan’s Pistol” was my attempt at all of this and also a healthy mid-life crisis.

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

 While I can’t please everyone, I hope most will like it. I’ve made every effort to blend male and female characters who are both young, middle aged and old to tell the story of a community and its Samaritan.



It’s my honor to promote the following authors, who will answer the same questions on their websites next week:

Daniel Coleman

Amie Borst

Ann Marie Meyers


  6 comments for “The Next Big Thing

  1. Amanda L.
    January 23, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Eric, This has made me very excited to read your book. I loved hearing about some of the motivations for your story. I’m looking forward to August!

  2. January 23, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Eric – Your book sounds sooo good. I really can’t wait to read it. And since my husband, deep down, wishes he was a cowboy, I bet he’ll love it too.

  3. Melanie Fowler
    January 23, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    I’m really looking forward to reading your book, and hearing where the story came from, makes it even more exciting!

  4. Chris Mortensen
    January 23, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I can’t wait to read the book. I hope to some day have success with my own creativity, as you are doing. People like you inspire me to try harder.

    • January 23, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      Hang in there Mort. Talent is on your side.

  5. January 24, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    OMG! Now I’ve really got to read your book, Eric!! Loved the motivations for the book and the concept.

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