Breaking News Release – Texas author’s latest thriller eerily similar to new economic events

I wass going to take the week off, but I had to share this article about recent Bank of Japan actions and Congressional Budget Office warnings that are tied to The Brink.

I recently posted the contact info of newspaper tip desks throughout  the state. I’m sending the article to them to hopefully get some good coverage.

More next week!

Texas author’s latest thriller eerily similar to new economic events

 For author Mark Fadden, fiction is quickly becoming fact with every new effort to try and stop the global financial crisis. Fadden’s latest thriller, entitled The Brink, uses the current financial crisis as the foundation of a lightening-fast thriller in which a fugitive Texas Ranger helps a woman running for her life, only to get sucked into a secret society’s plot for global financial Armageddon. “I wrote the book to closely mirror events happening in the real world and to offer a plausible explanation for why those events are happening,” Fadden said. “But I never thought it would predict actual events.”

One of these events is the latest round of “bold action” being taken by the Bank of Japan to prop up their slowing economy. “A similar action by the BOJ in the book is the starting point that a secret society uses to bring the international financial system to its knees.” The secret society featured in The Brink is known as the Bilderberg Group, an organization that allegedly exists in the real world. “The Bilderberg Group is an international cabal made up of royalty, politicians, financiers and media tycoons that secretly run the world. When I began researching them, I knew they were the ones that could pull of something this big.” While Fadden keeps tight lipped as to the intricacies of the Bilderberger’s plot, he does mention that a large part of it revolves around a second piece of the book that’s also come true: the U.S. debt crisis. “A recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report points out that the national debt is projected to be 62 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at the end of fiscal year 2010, and will only rise higher,” Fadden said. “To bring that number into perspective, national debt has only ever exceeded 50 percent of GDP one time in the history of this country. It was during World War II, and it decreased sharply after the war ended, as America began paying off its wartime debt. The U.S. currently has an enormous debt load and it’s only getting bigger.  That adds up to a very dangerous financial position.” CBO Director Douglas W. Elmendorf backs up Fadden’s take on America’s dangerous level of debt. In a recent blog, Elmendorf stated, “in the United States, the ratio of federal debt to GDP is climbing into unfamiliar territory—and all else being equal, the higher the debt, the greater the risk of a crisis.”

With two events in his book actually coming true, Fadden may seem like some kind of soothsayer. But he disagrees. “I began researching and writing The Brink in 2006. The fact that the events in the book now seem to be coming true is a testament to the fact that, however this crisis pans out, it’s been a long time coming. Few people want to sit down and read a 100 page CBO report filled with numbers and graphs. I wanted to write an action packed thriller that uses those same theories and numbers to propel the story of two people being chased by killers from Mexico to Washington, D.C. so that people could familiarize themselves with the very scary financial situation we all face.”

The Brink is Fadden’s third novel. His first novel, Five Days in Dallas, was published in 2003. It received critical acclaim and Fadden himself was even called a “masterful storyteller” by a Writer’s Digest reviewer. Fadden, who grew up in Houston, then began working on the follow-up in 2006, which eventually became The Brink.

 Fadden has several book signing events and lectures scheduled in the next few months. His event schedule and the first 22 pages of The Brink can be previewed at  Fadden has also created a blog about writing novels and book marketing using social media entitled “The Nightstand Diaries,” which can be read at

Writing and marketing your novel: A glimpse from the trenches

July 28, 2010

Day 44 of 365

Books sold so far (as of the end of May 2010, which is my first official month – sales reports in this industry lag big time!): 157

In this issue:


  • OMG, I’ve gone viral! An example of what can happen when clever meets timely
  • Writing topic – they say “write what you know” but really it’s still who you know that counts
  • Marketing topic – The importance of keywords


OMG, I’ve gone viral! An example of what can happen when clever meets timely

 Earlier this week, I promised I’d show how the Old Spice video was linked to libraries. At a social media workshop given by Leanna Cowan of the Alvarado Public Library, Tina Hager of the Little Elm Public Library and Melissa Jeffrey of the Arlington Public Library, they showed the video below of the BYU library spoofing the Old Spice Super Bowl commercial:



Very clever, right? Now BYU obviously spent some bucks on the video, but I’m sure that if a writer were to put his or her mind to it, they could come up with something similar with low or no budget. I mean, just check out the parodies of the Beyonce video “All the Single Ladies” that I’m sure were produced on the cheap:



Writing topic – they say “write what you know” but really it’s still who you know that counts


This one’s for the mystery/thriller/detective writers. Most of the manuals out there say, “write what you know.” But I’m a firm believer in “know what you write.” For instance, I’m sure all the thriller and mystery writers are innocent of murder, yet they conjure up some of the goriest murder scenes humanly imaginable. How? While they didn’t kill someone, they imagine how to do it. They know what they write. But 9 times out of 10, they talked to someone who has seen grisly murder scenes to suspend their readers disbelief. So, how to do that? Simple. Talk to your friendly neighborhood police officer.

I was talking to a police officer today that knew I was a writer. He said he has always wanted to write a novel about what he’s seen over his 25 year career (It’s an item on his bucket list). Right there is a fountain of information for me and I am a resource for him about the writing process. Win-win, right? Every city and town has a police department. Chances are there’s a veteran there who has some great stories to inspire your writing. Go down to the department and see if you can do a “ride-along” with one of the officers. If they don’t offer that, see if you can join a civilian group that supports the police department. It will take a little time to network, but sooner or later you’ll be sharing war stories over a beer with one of your city’s finest that could be the plot to your next masterpiece.


Marketing topic – The importance of keywords


What’s a better keyword for people to find a novel in which America’s staggering national debt is used to produce global financial Armageddon: ‘national debt’ or ‘financial Armageddon’? (BTW, if you’re new to this blog, that’s the gist of the plot from my latest thriller, The Brink) Do you think more people are searching for the term ‘national debt’ or ‘financial Armageddon’ these days?  

Keywords continue to mystify me, as they do most people. There’s an art to picking them and timing seems to be the most important part of using keywords.

How do you use keywords? We’d all love to know in the comment section.  


The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step,

rest easy tonight my friends, but stay hungry tomorrow…