On Ambition...aka, My Latest Book Deal

Flashback, c. 2011:

  • Me: “I want to write a book.”
  • Husband, James: “You are writing a book. It’s called The Lost.”
  • Me: “Not that book. Another book.”
  • Practical husband, James: “You are writing another book. That one’s called The Given.”
  • Me: “Not that book.”
  • Practical husband falls still, challenging when driving across the hard-baked Mojave in the middle of the summer: “Okay. So what book do you want to write?”
  • “I want to write a monster of a chase book. I want to write cat-and-mouse thriller with life-and death stakes—no, death and death stakes. I want to write a balls-to-the-wall chess match between two people—no one else—and not let up until the final page.”
  • James (predictably practical): “Gee, babe. You should really be more ambitious.”
  • Me, arms crossed: “Okay, then. I want to scare the *&%$ out of Stephen King.”

Vicki PetterssonThe photo at the side was taken in August 2011, almost three years ago to the day, and it’s the moment I started the monster of a chase book that aimed to be a cat-and-mouth death march between two sole characters across the Mojave desert that doesn’t let up and might even scare Stephen King:

And this is today’s Publishers Marketplace:

“Vicki Pettersson’s SWERVE, in which a medical professional goes head-to-head against an unpredictable killer, and has only twenty-four hours to find her abducted fiancé somewhere in the searing Mojave Desert, to Ed Schlesinger at Gallery, in a good deal, for publication in Summer 2015, by Peter McGuigan at Foundry Literary + Media (US).”

This is my first thriller, my first hard cover, and my first title with Simon & Schuster. Let it suffice to say that despite the side photo, not every writing day was a day at the beach. Still, you have to start somewhere and I began this after my initial research trip through the desert for SWERVE. Sea breeze goes well with a blank screen and bald hope.

Mind, I don’t know if I managed to write something that’d scare the *&%$ out of Stephen King…but early reader feedback tells me I’m going to cause some sleepless nights for one or two of you.

15 thoughts on “On Ambition…aka, My Latest Book Deal

  1. Kristy says:


    1. VickiP says:

      *phew* So happy I can finally share it! Thanks, KJ!

  2. Tez Miller says:

    Awesome! Fingers crossed it sells Australian rights :-)

    1. VickiP says:

      Absolutely! Thanks, Tez.

  3. Linda Grimes says:

    This is so COOL, Vickster! Congratulations!!!

  4. Marie Mazza says:

    I am so excited! Seems like I’ve been waiting forever for this cliffhanger ending to be over. Thanks Vicki for writing The Reordering!
    Sign me a very happy V-PEEP.

  5. Raven says:

    I am so excited! I cannot wait to have that big, fat baby in my hands!

  6. Stacey Michaels says:

    You rock! I can’t wait!

    1. VickiP says:

      Thanks, Stace…I can’t wait for you to read it. It’s a chase along the I-15 and I *know* you’re familiar with that road!

    1. VickiP says:

      (Psst…I wrote it on spec. First time since Scent. I *had* to–I was obsessed!)

  7. Suz says:

    Awesome, can’t wait!

    1. VickiP says:

      So happy to hear it! And it looks like it’s going to be June instead of August ’15, so that’s great!

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