Thursday, January 30, 2014

On Tour: The Agent’s Daughter by Ron Corriveau. Guest Post and a Couple of Giveaways!

The Agent's Daughter

The Agent’s Daughter by Ron Corriveau
Publication date: May 18th 2013
Genres: Romance, Thriller, Young Adult

Melina has been preparing for a future career as a spy.

She just doesn't know it.

Legendary spy Evan Roberts always knew that his fifteen-year-old daughter Melina also possessed the absolute lack of fear required of an agent. Without telling her his real profession or his intention, he began to guide her toward an eventual career as a spy. However, Melina’s world is shattered after her mom is involved in an accident that leaves her mysteriously unhurt but unresponsive. Her father’s plans on hold, Melina settles into life at a suburban high school, immersing herself in a world of schoolwork, her friends and a budding romance with Alex, the cute new guy in her class.

When Melina and her father uncover shocking new information about her mother’s accident, Melina is pulled deep into her father’s shadowy world. With Alex desperately trying to find her and only hours to go before it will be too late to save her mother, Melina and her father work together using their combined skills to find a way to reach her.

Welcome to The Book Bag, Ron! I have a question I like to ask authors and I just love reading their answers. Thanks for letting us see a little bit about how your mind works.
I have heard other authors say that they 'hear voices in their head' and that is how they write their books: the characters are telling their stories. Not being a writer myself, that concept has always intrigued me. 
When some people hear voices, we get them medical attention, others end up becoming writers. Does this happen to you? How do you come up with your stories?

It’s funny. I don’t think of myself as a writer either. I am an electrical engineer and I design integrated circuits for a large telecommunications company. It is not as though I have written many books and have a certain way of doing things. This is the only book I have written. Nonetheless, if one were to ask me how I came to write this book, I can trace it to the exact moment.

I was sitting on the couch playing a game on the Wii with my then seven-year-old son Travis. This was our usual as we had spent the better part of several hours a day playing various games throughout the entire summer. Toward the end of the night, my ten-year-old daughter Melina entered the room to tell me that she was going to bed. I realized that, as of late, I had not spent any time with her. She had been spending time working on a book review blog of her own called Reading Vacation, so I didn’t seem to see her much. It was sad. She was getting older, and she was spending way more time with her mother, just like I was spending way more time with our son. Then it hit me. I would write a book where I could describe the feelings that I had about my daughter getting older. I could tell about the fierce protectiveness that fathers have as well as the joy that we have but might not show at having a daughter. I could even weave some anecdotes of events in her life into the story. (There is a scene in the book where a young Melina jumps off a boat in a store. That whole scene actually happened word for word.)

Having decided to write a book, I needed a plot. The main characters had to be a dad and a daughter. I also wanted to showcase women in roles that traditionally were thought of as being done by men. I rolled it around in my head and came up with the spy genre. Finally, the dad and daughter had to spend time together so they could talk as well as work together to solve a problem. I can’t say any more without revealing the story, but I was very happy with what I came up with.

It took me a little over two and one-half years to write the book. Other than a general idea of how the book would arc, I wrote it from start to finish as I went along. I would write only in the evening for about an hour a day, and I generally could write at most a page in that time. The slow pace was on purpose as I found that if I tried to write more, it was not as good. I found myself getting ahead of the story. I liked to think about the story during the day and mull over the many directions the story could take. I worked on the book as an engineer would work. Completely focused on a small part a little at a time until a larger whole emerged.

As for the characters telling the story, in some ways, that literally happened. The daughter character is named Melina and I created a little brother character named Travis. Almost every character in the book is named after a friend or family member. I even remembered that my daughter once said that all good young adult books have a romance in them, so I made sure that there was a boy as an integral part of the story. I can’t say that I heard voices while I was writing. That certainly would have made it easier. However, I listened to my feelings, and I hope that I wrote a story that you will enjoy.

About the author

Ron Corriveau is an electrical engineer and works designing custom integrated circuits. He started writing to prove to himself that he actually does have a right side to his brain. Originally from Southern California, he currently lives outside of Dallas with his lovely wife and two awesome kids. He has only recently come to terms with the fact that he is a geek, although he would like to stress that he doesn't hold any kind of leadership role in the organization.

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Giveaway Time!!

Prize: 1 e-book copy of
The Agent's Daughter (INT)

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Prize: 3x paperback copies of
The Agent's Daughter (INT)

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  1. Great guest post, guys! I love to hera how authors come up with their books and how it gets written. I do know an author personally whose books are like movies in her head that she's just putting on the page. She says how she can't even control what the characters do and what happens, they just do it. Her books are bestsellers too so it must mean it works for her >.<

    1. The idea of that just fascinates me. I can't even imagine what having that happen would be like. But I am so glad that it happens to other people because then we get great books!

  2. Thanks for the great post. Romance and thrillers are two of my favorite genre. Please continue to share your fantastic talent with us. Reading is my favorite pass time and I have added this one to my Goodreads list!

  3. Love your post and how the idea came to you. It sounds really interesting and I would love to read a book with a father and daughter team. Thank you for the giveaway:)

  4. Ohhh, I really want to read this book. Usually, I'm not a big mystery fan, but this one sounds really good!


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