Guest Post/Virtual Tour with Giveaway ~ Chasing Hindy by Darin Gibby

How I Come up With Book Ideas

(Or, How I Came up with the Idea that a Car Could Run on Water)

Ideas for books come in the strangest ways. For me, they often just seem to fall out of the sky, usually at the most unexpected times. I’ve written books or articles from ideas that woke me up in the middle of the night, from thoughts that came to me while running triathlons, and while taking hikes deep in the Rocky Mountains. I’ve even had some ideas come while sitting on a ski lift during a freezing blizzard.

The genesis behind Chasing Hindy came from a surprising source—a hypnotist. When I was in high school, we had an assembly where a hypnotist put a group of volunteers under hypnosis. One of the questions he asked them was what would be the fuel of the future. What fuel would people pump into their tank? Almost without exception they all said, “water!” The hypnotist then told the audience that every time he asked that question he received the same answer.

That was several decades ago, but I’ve always wondered whether that could possibly be true—and why all these people thought we’d all be driving cars that used water. In the following years, I realized that a car wouldn’t run on water per se, but from hydrogen that is extracted from water. The question, of course, is that if we know how to produce hydrogen, why aren’t there hydrogen cars? The answer is quite simple. As an engineer and patent attorney I know the science behind extracting hydrogen from water. The problem is that it takes more energy to do this than to just run a car on gasoline, or even electricity.

But what if somebody invented a way to make it happen? That’s the germ of an idea that led to Chasing Hindy.

Then, of course, is finding an idea for a main character. For me, a good character is far more difficult than finding a story idea. Not only does the character need to make the story line happen, but the readers need to relate to what the character is experiencing. I struggled with such a character for years, and, in fact, rewrote the book several times with other characters that just didn’t seem to work.

What made the story finally click was my discovery of Addy—a patent attorney with a dream to change the world. I decided on a female character (who was also a patent attorney) for several reasons. Perhaps the main reason was that female patent attorneys are in short supply and I wanted to encourage women to enter the profession. So I created Addy to hopefully show what a difference one person can make, and through her experience more women would want to become patent attorneys.

Publisher: Koehler Books (April 1, 2017)
Genre: Thriller
ISBN-10: 1633933660
ISBN-13: 978-1633933668
ASIN: B06VXJ796N
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository

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ADDY’S DREAM AS a patent attorney is to help bring a ground breaking energy technology to the world. Addy’s hopes soar when she is wooed by Quinn, an entrepreneur, to join his company that has purportedly invented a car that can run on water using an innovative catalyst. After resigning her partnership to join Quinn, Addy discovers things aren’t as they seem. The patent office suppresses the company’s patent applications and her life is threatened by unknown assailants if she doesn’t resign.

When she is arrested for stealing US technology from the patent office she realizes Quinn has used her. Now, Addy must find a way to clear her name while salvaging her dream of propelling this technology to the world, all while powerful forces attempt to stop her.

In addition to a thriving career as a novelist, author Darin Gibby is also one of the country’s premiere patent attorneys and a partner at the prestigious firm of Kilpatrick Townsend (www.kilpatricktownsend.com). With over twenty years of experience in obtaining patents on hundreds of inventions from the latest drug delivery systems to life-saving cardiac equipment, he has built IP portfolios for numerous Fortune 500 companies. In addition to securing patents, Gibby helps clients enforce and license their patents around the world, and he has monetized patents on a range of products.

Darin’s first book, Why Has America Stopped Inventing?, explored the critical issue of America’s broken patent system.  His second book, The Vintage Club, tells the story of a group of the world’s wealthiest men who are chasing a legend about a wine that can make you live forever. His third book, Gil, is about a high school coach who discovers that he can pitch with deadly speed and is given an offer to play with the Rockies during a player’s strike. Gil soon discovers, however, that his unexpected gift is the result of a rare disease, and continuing to pitch may hasten his own death.

With a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree, he is highly regarded in Denver’s legal and business community as a patent strategist, business manager, and community leader. He is also a sought-after speaker on IP issues at businesses, colleges and technology forums, where he demonstrates the value of patents using simple lessons from working on products such as Crocs shoes, Izzo golf straps and Trek bicycles.

An avid traveler and accomplished triathlete, Darin also enjoys back country fly-fishing trips and skiing in the Rocky Mountains. He lives in Denver with his wife, Robin, and their four children.

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Excerpt ~

ADDY FELT LIKE jumping out of her car and doing a quick happy dance in the middle of stalled traffic. Her excitement at   becoming  the  newest—and  youngest—partner  at  the intellectual property law firm of Wyckoff & Schechter was nearly overwhelming.

She grinned at the shadow on the hood of Hindy, her treasured retrofitted cherry red Shelby Mustang. The shadow was created by a barrel-sized, hydrogen-filled balloon that floated above the Mustang’s roof. Gawkers pointed and laughed as the Shelby eased down El Camino pulling the tethered balloon as if in a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. The balloon—which on one side sported her law firm’s logo, and on the other Hindy in giant cursive script—was just an advertising gimmick to show her passion for alternative energies. It was only strapped to the roof on calm, sunny days when she was travelling at slow speeds using routes that avoided overpasses. The retrofitted Mustang was  really powered by four electric motors using electricity produced by solar panels and a conventional fuel cell.

At first, the Wyckoff partners questioned Addy’s prudence in strapping a floating balloon to the roof of any vehicle, but they’d

come to admire the effectiveness of her marketing innovations. They even lifted their champagne glasses at the end of her mentor’s welcome speech acknowledging that her Shelby was responsible for bringing in increasing numbers of the “green” companies sprouting like weeds all over the Silicon Valley— inventive, entrepreneurial companies in need of legal advice and support for their patents.

While  the  traffic  inched  forward,  Addy  chuckled  with excitement. “Hindy, ol’ pal,” she said, patting the dashboard, “you and I are going places now! Next time some overzealous cops accuse you of being a traffic hazard, I’ll stare them down and inform them they’re messing with the partner of a highly prestigious law firm.”

Traffic  momentarily  loosened  and  Addy  eased  Hindy forward, careful not to snap the lines tethering the egg-shaped balloon. Addy sang along with Zissy Spaeth, pop rock’s newest and most flashy star, as Zissy belted out her latest hit, Light in Your Eyes, over the radio. In the corner of her eye she noticed a blaze of neon orange.

Her heart stopped. In the car next to her someone was pointing a bazooka-sized gizmo at her balloon. She blinked, trying to clear her vision.

A  flare shot  out,  aimed  straight  at  her  floating ball  of

hydrogen.

Even in the late afternoon sunlight, it was impossible to miss the explosion. The dirigible burst into a giant fireball, then slowly deflated and floated down toward the Shelby’s crimson hood.

Addy  stomped  on  her  brakes,  hoping  the  balloon’s momentum would shoot the flaming mass forward. The fireball, safely secured by its fluorescent yellow nylon tethers, crashed down onto the windshield, blocking Addy’s view. She screeched to a halt, slammed her shoulder into the door, flung it open, and darted out, catching the heel of her pump on the doorjamb, which sent her sprawling headlong onto the pavement.

She heard tires squeal and at least a half dozen blaring horns. Stinging pain shot up from her elbow and knees. Thank goodness traffic had been just inching along.

Ignoring the pain, she bolted forward, arms raised, ready

to yank the still-burning fabric off the windshield. Before she got close enough to grab it, the sweltering heat from the flames scorched her cheeks, and she shielded her eyes with her forearm. Just when she reached the hood, a breeze lifted the infernal blob and propelled it directly at her, the nylon cords now seared through.

She braced herself for the fireball when she felt arms wrap around her chest and yank her back, barely in time to avoid the searing molten mass of goo about to descend on her head, threatening to fry her face and melt her hair.

“Are you crazy? What are you thinking?” a deep voice

bellowed in her ear, still holding her tight.

Together they watched what was left of the blimp float like a falling leaf onto the grassy shoulder, just like the Hindenburg did almost eighty years ago.

“Someone clearly doesn’t like you, short stuff,” her rescuer said, now standing next to her stroking his goatee, his face hidden behind dark sunglasses and a low-riding Dodgers cap. “More like out to get you. That was some kind of flare the driver shot at your blimp. I tried to spot his license plate, but it was covered up. Snapped a picture with my phone, though,” the man said fishing it from his pocket. “You can kind of see a tattoo on his forearm. The police will love this.”

Before she could thank him, someone cried out, “Call a fire

truck! The grass!”

Brush fires in California were no joking matter. Addy could smell the smoldering grasses. A strong breeze fanned the flames, pushing the fire toward a row of redwood trees.

Then she heard a whiny voice coming from the milling crowd of stranded passengers who’d gathered to find out what was holding up their homeward commute. “I’ve seen that blimp before. I knew it was trouble,” the whiner complained.

“Yeah, but at least she’s part of the solution,” said someone else. “Her car doesn’t use gasoline. Look at what you’re driving,” he said, sneering at the whiny woman’s crossover SUV.

Addy’s knees buckled, her head spinning. She plopped down onto the pavement and hugged her bare legs. This couldn’t be happening.

Why would someone try to destroy her car?

Tour Schedule

Monday, April 3

First Chapter Reveal & Tour Kick Off at Pump Up Your Book

Tuesday, April 4

Interview at PUYB Virtual Book Club

Wednesday, April 5

Book Featured at What Is That Book About

Thursday, April 6

Book Featured at Books Dreams Life

Friday, April 7

Book Featured at The Writer’s Life

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Monday, April 10

Interview at Authors & Readers Book Corner

Book Review at Books, Reviews, ETC

Tuesday, April 11

Book Featured at Readsalot

Wednesday, April 12

Guest Blogging at Dear Reader Love Author

Thursday, April 13

First Chapter Reveal at The Book Rack

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Monday, April 17

Interview at The Literary Nook

Tuesday, April 18

Book Featured at Lisa – Queen of Random

Wednesday, April 19

Interview at Books Can Be Deadly

Thursday, April 20

Book Featured at CBY Book Club

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Monday, April 24

First Chapter Reveal at The Dark Phantom Reviews

Tuesday, April 25

Guest Blogging at StoreyBook Reviews

Wednesday, April 26

Book Featured at Bound 2 Escape

Friday, April 28

Book Review at Cheryl’s Book Nook

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Monday, May 1

Character Interview at Pimp That Character

Tuesday, May 2

Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner

Wednesday, May 3

Interview at The Book Connection

Thursday, May 4

Book Featured at Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang

Friday, May 5

Book Featured at Just Us Book Blog

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Monday, May 8

Book Review at Books for Books

Tuesday, May 9

Book Featured at The Bookworm Lodge

Thursday, May 11

Guest Blogging at Hart’s Reader Pulse

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Monday, May 15

Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book

Tuesday, May 16

Book Featured at A Title Wave

Wednesday, May 17

Interview at Reviews by Crystal

Thursday, May 18

Book Featured at Write and Take Flight

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Monday, May 22

Interview at I’m Shelf-ish

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Monday, May 29

First Chapter Reveal at The Book Rack

Wednesday, May 31

Book Feature at As the Page Turns

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Monday, June 5

Interview at The Writer’s Life

Wednesday, June 7

Interview at Confessions of an Eccentric Bookaholic

Thursday, June 8

Book Review at Chill and Read

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Monday, June 12

Book Featured at Book Cover Junkie

Tuesday, June 13

Interview at My Bookish Pleasures

Wednesday, June 14

First Chapter Reveal at Beyond the Books

Thursday, June 15

Interview at Book Marketing Buzz

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Monday, June 19

Interview at Book Bloggin’ Princess

Tuesday, June 20

First Chapter Reveal at As the Pages Turn

Wednesday, June 21

Interview at Straight From the Author’s Mouth

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Monday, June 26

Interview at My Book Launch

Tuesday, June 27

Book Featured at Read My First Chapter

Wednesday, June 28

Book Review at Hardcover Feedback

Thursday, June 29

Interview at The Dark Phantom Reviews

Friday, June 30

First Chapter Reveal at The Literary Nook

 

 

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Comments

  1. Wendy W says:

    What is your favorite book that you have read?

    • Darin Gibby says:

      Probably The Firm by John Grisham.  The reason why is because I was a first year law student when that book came out and one of my classmates peered over my desk and said he had a book I had to read.  He lent me his copy and I read it in one day.  We all wondered what we were getting ourselves into by wanting to join a law firm.

  2. Michelle L says:

    Thank you Darin.

  3. Julie Bickham says:

    This book looks really interesting, I look forward to reading this. 

  4. Dianne Casey says:

    Really enjoyed the description of "Chasing Hindy" and I'm really looking forward to reading the book. 

    • Darin Gibby says:

      By the way, my publisher just told me the are running a promotion on the eBook for Chasing Hindy.  For a limited time, the eBook is only $0.99 on Amazon.

       

  5. Della Williamson says:

    Loved the post. Ideas fall from the sky? How about, you have a good imagination, a brain and know how to use it. Which is needed today. Desperately. Love the whole premise of the book. I look forward to reading it.  Thank you (PS. Paper thin solar panels for everything. Including spinning houses that follow the sun)

    • Darin Gibby says:

      Solar is getting so much better.  Would like to see the day when I don't need a gas furnace or water heater.  I wonder if anyone has invented a roof that does spin to track the sun's angle.  Hope you enjoy Chasing Hindy.  Let me know what you think.

  6. Where do you come up with ideas for books yu write?

    • Darin Gibby says:

      Hi Ann,

      It's hard to say how I come up with ideas.  They usually just seem to pop into my head.  I keep a folder of all the ideas I get and hopefully I'll get time to write them all.

      I’ve written books or articles from ideas that woke me up in the middle of the night, from thoughts that came to me while running triathlons, and while taking hikes deep in the Rocky Mountains. I’ve even had some ideas come while sitting on a ski lift during a freezing blizzard.

      The genesis behind Chasing Hindy came from a surprising source—a hypnotist. When I was in high school, we had an assembly where a hypnotist put a group of volunteers under hypnosis. One of the questions he asked them was what would be the fuel of the future. What fuel would people pump into their tank? Almost without exception they all said, “water!” The hypnotist then told the audience that every time he asked that question he received the same answer.

      That was several decades ago, but I’ve always wondered whether that could possibly be true—and why all these people thought we’d all be driving cars that used water. In the following years, I realized that a car wouldn’t run on water per se, but from hydrogen that is extracted from water. The question, of course, is that if we know how to produce hydrogen, why aren’t there hydrogen cars? The answer is quite simple. As an engineer and patent attorney I know the science behind extracting hydrogen from water. The problem is that it takes more energy to do this than to just run a car on gasoline, or even electricity.

      But what if somebody invented a way to make it happen? That’s the germ of an idea that led to Chasing Hindy.

  7. Judith R. says:

    ?Being an attorney, author, athelete and traveller, how many hours do you sleep at night

    • Darin Gibby says:

      Hi Judith,

      I get asked that question a lot.  I'm usually up by 4:30 or 5:00 am.  It's really hard to find time to write.  Airplanes are great, and they were even better before they had wifi on them.  Lots of double tasking.  I often work out chapter scenes when I'm working out, then jot down an outline in the locker room.  Kind of odd, I know, but it works.

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